Hertie School of Governance; Berlin, Germany
Masters of International Affairs Program

Problems of European Energy
Technology, Markets & Policy
Course GRAD-P1042 - Spring 2020 (Feb-May)
Thursday - 16:00-20:00 - Room 2.32

Instructor: Dr. Thomas W. O'Donnell
E-mail: twod@umich.edu | TomOD.com | GlobalBarrel.com
Previous-Semester Students' Research-f2019
Other Hertie Course:
Geopolitics of Global Oil & Gas Merkets-s2016/f16/f17/f18


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Student Research Groups:

  • China.s Belt and Road Initiative: Assessing China.s Projects in the Electricity Sector in Asia and Europa
    Client: SWP: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin [German Institute for International and Security Affairs]

    Online Student Research Logbook and Project description

  • Refining After the Tight-Oil Boom: Changed Supply Chains, Changed Geopolitics?
    Client: DIW: DIW: Deutsches Institut fur Wirtschaftsforschung eV, Berlin [German Institute for Economic Research]

    Online Student Research Logbook and Project description

  • Nord Stream 2: Will the EU's Internal Gas Market Apply to the Pipeline or Allow Some Exemptions?
    Client: IEP: Institut fur Europsche Politik eV, Berlin [Institute for European Politics]

    Online Student Research Logbook and Project description

  • Course Descripton:
    We consider problems of national energy policy in selected European and Eurasian states. Ideally, three student-research teams of five-to-six students each will work on a problem of energy policy presented by one of three outside "clients" that "contract" for research/policy deliverables. [Links to the three institutes and descriptions of the three research projects are at the top of this page.]
    Put something more exciting here. CHALLENGES: To formulate energy policy, professionals must assess information from many sub-sectors where they are not expert, and find/weigh expert advice. So too, a country's specific social, economic, political, ideological and historical constraints, and its market externalities must be considered, including its geopolitical realities.

    ISSUES: Typically, these include climate-change mitigation, increasing EU dependence on natural gas and on Russian imports; EU transport dependence on oil (ca. 94%); energy populism and excessive .technological optimism./futurism v. data-driven and scientific assessments; high EU energy prices and volatility and their impacts on competitiveness and citizens; institutional incapacities, corruption, resource nationalism; geostrategy and conflicts, etc.

    1. About one-third of class time entails discussing overall readings and professor.s presentations; then group. consultations with the instructor (viz., directed research) and group work. Office-hours consults in off-weeks may be important.
    2. Groups use electronic collaboration, a research .notebook., as is common in natural- and social-science collaborations. Here a group-blog site suffices for ongoing archiving and sharing of sources and data, strategy, division of tasks, analysis, etc. This is accessible to the professor and perhaps client, to comment and contribute.
    3. As work matures, the instructor may recommend experts to call/write to answer questions or interview. Consulting experts/practitioners is important as many questions cannot be decided realistically from written sources alone.