The research group Pathways to Sustainable Energy conducts transdisciplinary research on the global transition to sustainable energy. It combines disciplinary expertise from the fields of political science, sociology, psychology, economics and the environmental and physical sciences with expert knowledge from practitioners and policy makers in the energy sector. Specifically, the team focuses on the following inter-related topics:
- Social sustainability of energy transition processes
- Politics and governance of the global energy transition
- Techno-economic and political dimensions of a global hydrogen economy By engaging practitioners from government, business and civil society in our transdisciplinary research processes, we co-create actionable policy proposals and solutions.
Socially Sustainable Energy Transitions
Social aspects of sustainability are critical for the success of energy transformations around world. The research group studies the perceptions, involvement and support of the general public in the context of Germany´s Energiewende as well as the local priorities and needs of different communities and stakeholders in selected African countries.
Politics and Governance of a Global Energy Transition
A global transition to sustainable energy is accompanied by important changes in the geopolitics and governance of energy. Against this background, the research group investigates how the global energy transition is affecting the international political economy of energy and identifies implications for foreign policy and international cooperation.
Techno-economic and Political Dimensions of Clean Hydrogen
Clean hydrogen has recently emerged as an important new pillar of the global transition to sustainable energy. Our interdisciplinary research on the topic investigates the inter-relationship between political, techno-economic and environmental dimensions of an emerging global hydrogen economy.