Michèle Knodt is Jean Monnet Professor for European Integration and Comparative Politics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, and the project leader of the research project “Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers”. She is conducting research on the new role of emerging powers in international politics with a special focus on energy cooperation. Furthermore, her research interests include EU external democracy promotion in the Baltic States, Central Asia and Southern Caucasus as well as civil society engagement in the European multilevel system.
Franziska Müller is a researcher in the excellence cluster “Normative Orders” at the Department of Political Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. She is currently finishing her PhD, which focuses on questions of governmentality and normative power within EU-Africa relations. Her research interests include international relations, external energy policies of the EU and of Emerging Powers, development studies and qualitative social research; especially discourse analysis and ethnography. In the project she works on EU-emerging powers energy relations as well as questions of international energy governance.
Nadine Piefer is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany and the project coordinator of the research project “Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers”. Her research focuses on the energy relations of emerging powers, European Union external-, development and energy policy, emerging donors, and triangular cooperation. Nadine has also been working as consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on the topics of triangular and regional cooperation.
Marina Schmid is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Her research interests include interest group politics, the role of corporations in global governance and transnational cross-sectoral social partnerships. Within the project she is focusing on the role of multinational corporations in EU multi-level energy governance with Emerging Powers. She aims at contributing to a micro political theory of transnational corporate political action.
Jens Steffek is Professor for Transnational Governance at Technische Universität Darmstadt. In his research he focuses on the policy and history of international organizations, theories of international relations, democratic theory and the role of transnational private actors, especially non-governmental organizations. Working from an empirical-analytical as well as from a normative perspective, he will contribute to the project by systematically analyzing the role of non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations in transnational energy governance.
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Ulrich Müller is senior policy adviser in the Asia / Pacific, Latin America / Caribbean Department at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany. He has a PhD in Geography and is also a guest lecturer at Technical University Darmstadt, where he has lead several courses on development politics, emerging powers and triangular cooperation. His work is mainly oriented towards strategic topics, such as e.g. new forms of cooperation with emerging powers. In the project, Ulrich works on development related energy issues, the shift from development to international cooperation with emerging powers, specific policy consultancy as well as on how international high-level dialogues can be implemented in practice.