Global Public Policy

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Research Profile

Global public policy addresses the challenge of governing transnational phenomena in the absence of a global Leviathan. As such, it comprises policy areas as different as trade, migration, financial regulation, economic development, energy and the environment. Against the backdrop off increasingly contested policy authority in a globalized world, the research area studies the delivery of global public goods and the problem of safeguarding the global commons; the role of global networks and global public-private partnerships in producing transnational policy outcomes; the dynamics pertaining to policy transfer, diffusion and global best practice; and the policy actors involved at all governance levels.



  • Eicke, L. & Goldthau, A. (2021). "Are we at risk of an uneven low-carbon transition? Assessing evidence from a mixed-method elite study."  Environmental Science & Policy 124:370-379. doi:
  • Goldthau, A. (2021). "Widening the EU’s Geoeconomic and Regulatory Approach to Climate Policy." In The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy, edited by Olivia Lazard and Richard Youngs, 33-40. Brussels: Carnegie Europe.
  • Goldthau, A. & Hughes, L. (2020). Protect global supply chains for low-carbon technologies. Nature (Vol. 585): 28-30.
  • Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2020). Horses for courses. The roles of IPE and Global Public Policy in global energy research. Policy and Society.
  • Kuzemko, C., Bradshaw, M., Bridge, G., Goldthau, A., Jewell, J., Overland, I., Scholten, D., Van de Graaf, T. & Westphal, K. (2020). Covid-19 and the Politics of Sustainable Energy Transitions. Energy Research & Social Science. 68. 101685. doi:
  • Sgambatti Monteiro, A., Marzano, K. & Rittl, C. (2020). Der brasilianische Amazonas-Deal: Zwischen Schutz und Entwicklung [The Brazilian Amazon Deal: Between Protection and Development]. KoBra Brasilicum, available in German only.
  • Goldthau, A. & Hughes, L. (2020). Saudi on the Rhine? Explaining the emergence of private governance in the global oil market. Review of International Political Economy: 1-23. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1748683.
  • Sovacoo, B. K., Bergman, N., Hopkins, D., Jenkins, K. E., Hielscher, S., Goldthau, A. & Brossmann, B. (2020). Imagining sustainable energy and mobility transitions: Valence, temporality, and radicalism in 38 visions of a low-carbon future. Social Studies of Science, open access
  • Goldthau, A., Richert, J. & Stetter, S. (2020). Leviathan Awakens: Gas Finds, Energy Governance, and the Emergence of the Eastern Mediterranean as a Geopolitical Region. Review of Policy Research, doi:
  • Goldthau, A., Eicke, L. & Weko, S. (2020). The Global Energy Transition and the Global South. In The Geopolitics of the Global Energy Transition, edited by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra, 319-339. Berlin: Springer.
  • Goldthau, A. & Sitter, N. (2020). Power, authority and security: the EU’s Russian gas dilemma. Journal of European Integration 42 (1):111-127. doi: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1708341.




In a blog post for the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Laima Eicke and Silvia Weko outline what makes countries energy transition ‘winners’.

In a TV interview with the German science outlet NANO (3SAT), Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau commented on the potential of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for replacing Russian gas imports.

On January 10, Dr. Simone Tagliapietra and Prof. Andreas Goldthau made the case for the German G7 presidency to foster a climate club on the platform “Euractive”, as well as in the newspapers “LeMonde” and “Berliner Zeitung”. In this opinion piece,…

The Brandt School welcomed Tyson Barker, Director of the Technology and Global Affairs Program, on January 26, 2022, for a Brandt Lecture on the Geopolitics of the Digital International System as part of Prof. Dr. Andreas Goldthau's International…

In this double episode of the Kapitalmarkt Podcast by investment firm Fidelity, Prof. Andreas Goldthau does a deep dive into contemporary energy and climate affairs. He argues that high European energy prices are there to stay, explains why nuclear…

In the December issue of Joule, the journal, Prof. Andreas Goldthau argues that it may be structural factors that determine the geo-economics of the global energy transition and whether nations find themselves on the winning side or among the losers.…

Prof. Andreas Goldthau joined Regina Mayor (KPMG) and Datu Haji Sharbini Suhali (Sarawak Energy) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition in ASEAN countries at the Asia School of Business 2021 Leadership for Enterprise…

In an OpEd for the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Prof. Andreas Goldthau argues that Europe’s ambitious decarbonization policies need to be flanked by a determined foreign energy policy. In the piece, which appeared on November 7 2021 in the SZ…