Brandt School Universit├Ąt Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau

Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy

+49 (0)361 / 737-4661
House 39/ Room 0212
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(by appointment only; please contact Kathrin Eisenhauer)


Andreas Goldthau is the Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy of the Willy Brandt School at the University of Erfurt. He is also Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. Before joining the Willy Brandt School Professor Goldthau served as Professor in International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London and as Professor at Central European University's School of Public Policy. He was a Marie Curie Senior Fellow with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School and an Adjunct Professor with John Hopkins' MSc program in energy policy and climate. He also held postdoctoral appointments at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Prof. Goldthau is non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, the Global Public Policy Institute and the German Council on Foreign Relations, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Prof. Goldthau's academic interests lie in energy security, global energy governance and the political economy of the low carbon transition. His publications include The Politics of Shale Gas in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2018), the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), Energy Union. Europe's new Liberal Mercantilism? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), A Liberal Actor in a Realist World: The EU Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), the Wiley Handbook on Global Energy Policy (Wiley Blackwell, 2013), Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game (Brookings Press, 2010), Imported Oil and US National Security (RAND, 2009) and OPEC (Hanser, 2009).

Prof. Goldthau serves on the editorial boards of Global Policy, Energy Policy and Energy Research in Social Science as well as Contemporary Politics, and sits on the steering committees of leading academic associations. His current research project centers on energy justice and the Global South. It is funded by the French-German Make Our Planet Great Again research initiative.

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Research Interests: Global energy governance, international political economy, energy security, climate change and low carbon energy transition

Courses taught at the Brandt School (selection):

  • PAM: Introduction to Public Policy (WS 2019/20)

  • IA/IPE: Global Energy Policy (WS 2019/20)

  • IPE: From Ricardo to the New Geo-Economics: Contemporary Debates in International Political Economy (WS 2019/20)

  • PTM: Project Group: Assessing Policy Alternatives to the Incumbent EU Migration Regime (WS 2019/20)

  • PTM: Project Group: States at Risk: Climate Change in the Security Council (WS 2019/20)

Kathrin Eisenhauer


Kathrin Eisenhauer



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Selected Publications


Goldthau, A. (2018) The Politics of Shale Gas in Eastern Europe, Cambridge University Press

Goldthau, A, Kuzemko, C., Keating, M. (2018) Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources, Edward Elgar

Goldthau, A, Sitter, N. (2015) A Liberal Actor in a Realist World. The EU Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy. Oxford University Press

Caroline Kuzemko, Michael F. Keating & Andreas Goldthau (2015) The Global Energy Challenge. Environment, Development and Security. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.


Goldthau, A., Westphal, K., Bazilian, M., Bradshaw, M. (2019): How the energy transition will reshape geopolitics.  Nature. 569, p. 29-31. DOI:

Goldthau, A, (2017) The G20 must govern the shift to low-carbon energy. Nature. 546, 203-205 DOI: 10.1038/546203a

Sovacool, B., Heffron R., McCauley D. & Goldthau, A. (2016) Energy and moral judgment: Energy decisions reframed as justice and ethical concerns. Nature Energy. 1 (May), 16024.

Goldthau, A. & Sovacool, B. (2016) Energy technology, politics, and interpretative frames: The case of shale gas fracking in Eastern Europe. Global Environmental Politics. 16 (4), 50-69

Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2015) Soft power with a hard edge: EU policy tools and energy security. Review of International Political Economy. 22 (5), 941-965