Jan Beermann has worked since April 2015 at the FFU as a research associate for the EnAHRgie joint innovation group project on sustainable land usage and energy supply design at the municipal level.
Together with Dr. Kerstin Tews (project leader) and Prof. Miranda Schreurs (member of the academic supervisory group) Jan Beermann is conducting research on the implementation of Germany’s local energy transition based on the experiences of the district of Ahrweiler. He is part of the transdisciplinary innovation group of local stakeholders and researchers from research institutes across Germany that are working together to produce a 100% renewable energy concept for Ahrweiler. Jan Beermann brings a governance perspective to the project, investigating which coordination measures are required to best embed a local energy concept into a multi-level political system.
Jan Beermann has extensive experience in the development and coordination of research and teaching projects in the field of local energy and climate policy. Together with Prof. Miranda Schreurs (Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre) Jan Beermann coordinated the CGP-SSRC Policy Forum’s Local Climate Change in East Asia Database project. He has also supported the development of numerous research networks at the Environmental Policy Research Centre including the Alexander von Humboldt Cities and Climate Change Network and the Indian-European Multi-Level Climate Governance Research Network, of which he is a member of the Steering Committee.
In addition Jan Beermann has run interdisciplinary teaching projects as part of the Technische Universität Berlin’s Energy Seminar, on themes such as ‘Cities and Climate Change’. A recipient of the Global Environmental Leaders Program (NUGELP) scholarship from Nagoya University in Japan, Jan worked as a guest researcher at the Institute of Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo, helping create their Global Status Report on Local Renewable Energy Policies.
Jan Beermann was awarded a doctoral scholarship by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in 2011. His PhD research at the Environmental Policy Research Centre focuses on factors related to the successful implementation of local energy and climate protection projects conducted as part of German-Indian city-level cooperation.
Key research areas
Comparative analysis of subnational, national and international energy and climate policy; Germany’s local energy transition; governance in multi-level political systems; transnational cooperation; policy transfer
EnAHRgie Nachhaltige Landnutzung und Energieversorgung: Modellregion Kreis Ahrweiler. Statusbericht 09/2016 - Status Quo Analyse der lokalen Energiewende im Landkreis Ahrweiler. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. Download.
Beermann, Jan; Tews, Kerstin (in press): Decentralised laboratories in the German energy transition. Why local renewable energy initiatives must reinvent themselves. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. Download.
Höffler, Hannes; Beermann, Jan; Blümling, Stefan; Kellermann, Jacinta; Pettibone, Lisa (2016): Unterschiedliche Deutungen des Begriffs "nachhaltige Stadt". In: Matthias Stier und Lars Berger (Hg.): Die Nachhaltige Stadt. Initiativen zum Umweltschutz. Band 89. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, S. 17–28.
Beermann, Jan; Damodaran, Appukuttan; Jörgensen, Kirsten; Schreurs, Miranda A. (2016): Climate action in Indian cities: an emerging new research area. In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 13 (1), S. 55–66. Download.
Appukuttan Damodaran, Kirsten Jörgensen, Miranda Schreurs. Co-Author: Jan Beermann. With contributions from Lana Ollier (2015): Sustainable Cities - Inclusive, Green and Competitive. Policy Paper by the Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy. Commissioned by the GIZ. Download.
Beermann, Jan; Tews, Kerstin (2015): Preserving Decentralised Laboratories for Experimentation under Adverse Framework Conditions. Why Local Initiatives as a Driving Force for Germany’s Renewable Energy Expansion Must Reinvent Themselves. FFU Report 03-2015. Berlin. Download.
Beermann, Jan (2014): Urban partnerships in low-carbon development: Opportunities and challenges of an emerging trend in global climate politics. In: Brazilian Journal of Urban Management 6 (2), S. 1–14. Download.