Dr. Kirsten Westphal

Senior Associate at the, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

    Dr. Kirsten Westphal is based at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin Germany. For more than 50 years, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs – SWP) has provided analysis on foreign policy issues not only to the Bundestag and the German Federal Government, but also to economic actors and the general public. Kirsten Westphal is assigned for International Energy Relations and Global Energy Security at the institute. She was a Member of the Expert Council of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transition in 2018-2019 and contributed to the Report, published in 2019. Since 2018, she has been leading the Project “Geopolitics of Energy Transformation” supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. www.swp-berlin.org/en/scientist-detail/profile/kirsten_westphal.html

    Previously, she has worked as a consultant in the energy industry. She has published widely on international energy relations and EU external energy relations with a book on Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World (with Dries Lesage and Thijs van de Graaf), Aldershot/ Burlington Ashgate 2010; and an edited volume The Political and Economic Challenges of Energy in the Middle East and North Africa, Routledge Global Governance, Routledge, 2018, (with David Ramin Jalilvand); recent publications on The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. Governing the Shift: Transformation Dividends, Systemic Risks and New Uncertainties, SWP Comment 2018/C 42, (with Andreas Goldthau, Martin Keim, Kirsten Westphal),

    German-Russian Gas Relations: A Special Relationship in Troubled Waters, SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 13, December 2017, (with Aurélie Bros and Tatiana Mitrova); Renewable Energy and Decentralized Power Generation in Russia: An Opportunity for German-Russian Energy Cooperation, SWP Comments 2017/C 45, November 2017 (with Denis Chukanov, Petra Opitz, Maria Pastukhova and Gianguido Piani), European Energy Security Reimagined. Mapping the Risks, Challenges and Opportunities of Changing Energy Geographies, SWP Research Paper 2017/RP 04 (with Ellen Scholl); Nord Stream 2 – A Political and Economic Contextualisation, SWP Research Paper 2017/ RP 03 (with Kai-Olaf Lang).