Michael is working as a researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Centre in the field of energy and climate policy analysis. He holds a diploma degree in Administration Sciences from the University of Konstanz. He has research and consulting experience of 20 years. Together with Dr. Rosaria Di Nucci, he is presently coordinating the Horizon 2020 project WinWind - Winning social acceptance for wind energy in wind energy scarce regions. His current fields of research include governance of the Energiewende, social acceptance of renewable energy, policies and measures promoting the environmentally and socially sustainable use of renewable energy, and industrial relations in the field of renewable energy (including workplace democracy and Just Transition). Since 2005, Michael has been coordinating policy related work in several international projects co-financed by the EU including WinWind, (since 10/2017) “Bioenergy Promotion 2 (2012-2014)” „Bioenergy Promotion” (2009-2011), “MunEM - Municipal energy management in Kaliningrad” (2007-2009), and “REGENERGY- Network of pioneering regions and communities working on innovative heat energy solutions” (2005-2007). From 2007 until 2009 Michael worked as Task Officer (Energy & Climate Change) for GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), formerly Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).
Key research areas
(Comparative) energy and climate policy analysis, Governance of the Energiewende, support instruments for renewable energy, sustainability of renewable energy, social acceptance of renewable energy, Energiewende and industrial relations (e.g. decent work, workplace democracy, Just Transition)
Regional research focus
European Union, Baltic Sea Region, Baltic countries, Russian Federation, Central and Eastern Europe.
Di Nucci, Maria Rosaria; Krug, Michael (2018): WinWind Policy Brief 1:The Clean Energy Package and its implications for Renewable Energy Communities. May 2018 Available at http://winwind-project.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/Resources/Policy_Brief_1_Final.pdf
Di Nucci, Maria Rosaria; Krug, Michael (2018): Akzeptanz von Windenergie in Regionen mit schwachem Windenergieausbau. Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen 68. Jg. (2018) Heft 4, 40-43.
Krug, Michael (2016): Just Transition and the Renewable Energy Industry – To What Extent Does the German Energiewende Consider Decent Work and Job Quality? In: The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2016. Official Conference Proceedings ISSN: 2188-1146. The International Academic Forum 2016, pp. 223 – 238. https://papers.iafor.org/proceedings/issn-2188-1146-the-european-conference-on-sustainability-energy-the-environment-2016-official-conference-proceedings/
Krug, Michael / Rabczuk, Grazyna / Cenian, Adam (2015): Addressing Sustainability Risks of Bioenergy – Policy Strategies and Corporate Initiatives. Energy and Power Engineering, 7, 217-241. Doi: 10.4236/epe.2015.75022.
Krug, Michael (2014): Umwelt- und sozialverträglicher Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien, in: Achim Brunnengräber, Maria Rosaria Di Nucci (Hrsg.): Im Hürdenlauf zur Energiewende. Von Transformationen, Reformen und Innovationen. Zum 70. Geburtstag von Lutz Mez. Wiesbaden. S. 225-246
Krug, Michael (2013): The role of renewable energy in achieving a balanced energy mix, in: European Parliament Directorate General for External Policies (Ed.) Workshop Eastern Partnership Prospects on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Brussels 2013. Pp. 83-103. Available at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EXPO-AFET_AT%282013%29433708
Krug, Michael (2012): Policies and measures to promote sustainable bioenergy production in the Baltic Sea Region, in: Pēteris Rivža (Ed.): Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference. Jelgava. Pp. 81-85