Rainer Müller

Rainer Müller M.A.

Research Associate


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Rainer Müller is a research assistant at the chair for “Comparative Politics and European Integration” headed by Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt. From 2016 to 2019 he worked in the BMBF-funded Kopernikus project ENavi, within the cluster “System Integration”. Since July 2020, work on this has been continued in the successor project Ariadne.

Ariadne is researching policy instruments that can be used to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The instruments identified are then woven together to form a systemic and strategic framework thus identifying policy paths to meet the challenges of climate change. Rainer Müller's research focuses on the design of European energy and climate governance and its impact on energy transformation in the member states.

Research interests

  • Energy Policy
  • European Energy & Climate Policy
  • Governance of the Energy Union
  • Decision-making in the European Union
since 07/2020 research associate in the research project Kopernikus: Ariadne, funded by BMBF at TU Darmstadt
01/2020 – 06/2020 research associate at the chair for Comparative Politics and European Integration, TU Darmstadt
10/2016 – 12/2019 research associate in the research project Kopernikus: ENavi, funded by BMBF at TU Darmstadt
03/2016 – 09/2016 post-graduate research assistant at the departments “Comparative Politics and European Integration” and “Methodology in Political Science and Philosophy of Science” at TU Darmstadt
10/2013 – 03/2016 research assistant at Sprint – scientific political consulting in Darmstadt
10/2012 – 03/2016 M.A. Governance and Public Policy at TU Darmstadt, Thesis: “Economic development and utilitarian attitudes towards the European Union in Europe’s regions. A time-series analysis”
11/2009 – 09/2013 student assistant at Fink & Fuchs Public Relations AG in Wiesbaden
10/2008 – 09/2012 B.A. Media Studies/Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
09/2004 – 06/2007 apprenticeship administration secretary at the municipal office in the town of Kiedrich

Knodt, Michèle ; Ringel, Marc ; Müller, Rainer (2020):
‘Harder’ soft governance in the European Energy Union.
In: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22 (6), pp. 787-800. Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1781604,

Kemmerzell, Jörg ; Knodt, Michèle ; Müller, Rainer (2018):
Governance der Dekarbonisierung des Stromsystems in europäischer Perspektive.
In: Die Transformation des Stromsystems mit Fokus Kohleausstieg. Synthesebericht des Schwerpunktthemas #1, hrsg. von der Geschäftsstelle des Kopernikus-Projekts Energiewende-Navigationssystem, ENavi, pp. 54-61, [Book Section]

Knodt, Michèle ; Kemmerzell, Jörg ; Fraune, Cornelia ; Müller, Rainer (2018):
Die Energiewende im Mehrebenensystem: Politische Koordination und Partizipation im Fokus.
In: GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 27 (3), pp. 323-323(1). ISSN 0940-5550,
DOI: 10.14512/gaia.27.3.14,

Elbe, Judith ; Elbe, Sebastian ; Heinbach, Katharina ; Landgraf, Barbara ; Middelmann, Ute ; Müller, Rainer ; Rupp, Johannes ; Schubert, Dirk
Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Corporate Creator) (2016):
Bioenergie-Regionen. Effiziente Netzwerke und Prozesse als Beitrag zur Energiewende.
In: Schriftenreihe Nachwachsende Rohstoffe Nr. 37, [Report]

Elbe, Sebastian ; Müller, Rainer (2015):
Gleichwertigkeit als Bürgeraufgabe. Partizipation der Zivilgesellschaft = Überforderung der Zivilgesellschaft?
In: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung, (1), pp. 57-69. [Article]