Dr. Achim Brunnengräber


Associate Professor

Ihnestrasse 22
Room 3.4
(+)49 - 30 - 838 58628

Dr. Achim Brunnengräber is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Free University of Berlin. Together with Miranda Schreuers he is working as coordinator of the research project "Multi Level Governance-Perspective on Management of Nuclear Waste Disposal" at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU). This involves a comparative analysis of final disposal governance, particularly of actors, policy instruments and institutions.

From 2009 to 2012 Achim Brunnengräber was visiting professor at the Department of International Politics at the TU Dresden, and from 2007 to 2008 Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at the Free University of Berlin. There, he headed from 2002 to 2007 the interdisciplinary research project "Global Governance and Climate Change".

In 2000 he graduated as a PhD about the influence of NGOs and their transnational networks on international climate policy. In 2007 he submitted his habilitation thesis on "Political Economy of the Climate." Achim Brunnengräber studied at the University of Education in Heidelberg (teaching degree), the FU Berlin (diploma in political science) and the University of Bremen (diploma development politics).


Courses Summer Term 2019

Courses Summer Term 2018

Courses Summer Term 2017

Courses Winter Term 2016/17

Courses Winter Term 2015/16

Courses Summer Term 2015

Courses Winter Term 2014/15

Courses Summer Term 2014

Key teaching and research areas:

  • Global governance, Multi-level governance (multi-level systems) International Relations (IR), International Political Economy (IPE), International organizations / International Environmental Regimes
  • Policy analysis with a special focus on nuclear policy, national, european and global energy, environmental, renewable and climate policy and politics (Kyoto instruments)
  • NGOs and civil society in international politics, processes and structures of (global) participation and democracy


Ongoing Projects:

  • „Die politische Ökonomie der E-Mobilität. Eine Analyse zu den Potentialen und Hindernissen in der Transformation zu einer nachhaltigen Verkehrspolitik in Deutschland und der Europäischen Union“, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Duration: 10/2017 – 04/2021)
  • „Konzepte und Maßnahmen zum Umgang mit soziotechnischen Herausforderungen bei der Entsorgung radioaktiver Abfälle“ (SOTEC-radio), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) (Duration: 04/2017 – 04/2020)

Completed Projects:

  • Multi Level Governance-Perspective on management of nuclear waste disposal. A Comparative Analysis: Actors, Instruments and Institutions, Sub-Project of the research platform "Disposal options for radioactive  waste material"
    Financed by Federal Mininistry of Education and Research
    Term: Jan 01, 2013 — Dec 31, 2017
  • Review, Scoping & Innovation: The State of the Art of Transformation Research, Key Researchers, and Research Gaps and Opportunities (Austrian contribution to the JPI CLIMATE – FTA on 'Scoping and Reviewing SSH contributions to Climate Change Research') in cooperation with the Universität Wien
    Förderung: Universität Wien, Institut für Politikwissenschaft
    Term: 01.01.2013 – 30.08.2013
  • Contrarians” - their role in the debate on climate change (global warming) and their influence on the Austrian policy making process (Teilstudie zum Diskurs in Deutschland)
    Förderung: Climate and Energy Fund of the Federal State – managed by Kommunalkredit Public Consulting GmbH
    Term: 01.03.2012 – 31.12.2013
  • Environmental Governance im Rahmen von GARNET: A Network of Excellence on Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation: The Role of the EU” Förderung: EU
    Term: 01.06.2005 bis 31.12.2010
  • Global Governance und Klimawandel. Eine Mehrebenenanalyse zu den Bedingungen, Risiken und Chancen sozial-ökologischer Transformationen, FU Berlin in Kooperation mit der TU Berlin und dem IÖW
    Förderung: BMBF
    Term 01.05.2002 bis 31.06.2007
  • Case study about Australia’s climate policy
    Visiting Researcher an der James Cook University Cairns (Queensland / Australia)
    Förderung: BMBF
    Term 01.03.2004 – 31.06.2004
  • „Globaler Klimawandel, gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse und (inter‑)nationale Klimapolitik
    Förderung: BMBF
    Term 01.07.2000 – 31.08.2001
  • Global Governance: Transnationale NGO-Netzwerke, Nationalstaaten und das internationale Institutionensystem - untersucht am Beispiel der internationalen Klimapolitik
    Förderung: Volkswagen Stiftung
    Term: 01.11.1997 – 31.02.2000
  • Nicht-Regierungs-Organisationen und die Formen ihrer Interaktion mit dem politisch-administrativen System
    Förderung: Berlin-Forschung der FU Berlin
    Term 01.11.1994 – 31.10.1997


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