Climate change and energy issues have become increasingly significant in national and global politics. The course will focus on a number of core questions in the study of climate change politics: What roles can markets and institutions play in the transition towards a sustainable path? What kind of planning and targets are necessary for such a long-term undertaking? At what scale (local, national, federal, or supranational) are climate change and energy policies most effectively executed? And how can citizens most fruitfully engage in this process? This course will identify the political challenges and dilemmas posed by energy and climate change policies in democratic and authoritarian states and analyze policy tools in international, national, and sub-national contexts. Empirical evidence and case study materials will be drawn from Germany and emerging economies such as China, Brazil, and India. The course compares the most relevant domestic institutions in these different political and economics contexts and then turns to the specific mechanisms and policies each country has used to promote climate change mitigation and energy efficiency.
The course gives students an introduction to the main concepts and most recent empirical developments in climate and energy governance. Classes will be a mixture lectures, debates, and group discussions. Student will gain a deeper understanding of energy and climate change governance, while at the same time sharpening their debating skills.
Genia Kostka is a Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research and teaching interests are in energy governance, public policy and political economy, with a regional focus on China. Before coming to Hertie School of Governance, she was an Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and, prior to that, a strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Berlin. She has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA with specializations in International Economics and International Development from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Regulation and Governance, Business & Politics, Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Journal of Cleaner Production, The China Quarterly, The China Journal, Modern China, and Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies. In addition to her academic writing, she regularly consults for international organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, GIZ, Oxfam and the World Bank.
- Teacher: Sunmi Jin