Global Energy Systems

The Global Energy Systems (GES) research group focuses on the global, national and local energy systems and sustainable resource governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. Natural science is combined with technical, economic and social research to analyze, understand and model how energy systems work and change over time and how they interact with the economy, the environment and our society. Research at GES includes modeling and analysis of global fossil fuel supply, sustainable deployment and resource requirements of renewable energy technologies, energy security, energy/climate governance, resource-making and other areas connected to the overarching theme of sustainable energy transitions. We work closely with colleagues from several international research institutions and universities, including China University of Petroleum-Beijing, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Durham University.

Ongoing Research


Mikael Höök: energy system analysis; energy security/transition; resource depletion; peak oil; decarbonization; sustainable energy; energy-mineral nexus.

Magdalena Kuchler: energy and climate governance; sustainable energy transition; energy security; resource making; political geology; sociotechnical imaginaries, energy visions.

Bregje van Veelen: sub- and trans-national forms of low carbon governance, carbon lock-in, the potential for low carbon transitions to contribute to societal transformation and political democratisation.

Henrik Wachtmeister: conventional petroleum ; shale oil and gas; energy security and transition.

Valentin Troll: igneous petrology; volcanology; geochemistry; magmatic and volcanic resources,  magmatic metal deposits, geothermal energy, and volcanic risks

Frances Deegan: experimental petrology; volcanoes; large igneous provinces (LIPS); environmental effect and ore potential of LIPS; isotopic micro-analysis.

Renaud Merle: terrestrial and extra-terrestrial materials.

Martin Wetterstedt: carbon budgets. 

PhD Students

Alexander Craig-Thompson:

Naima Kraushaar-Friesen:

Kosma Lechowicz:

Paula Lenninger:

Isak Stoddard: energy security/transition; local energy systems; carbon budgets.

Jakob Willerström: embodied energy flows; energy security/transition.

Last modified: 2022-08-27