Energy Transitions: Implications for City Governments

Research seminar hosted by Hertie School of Governance and LSE Cities in partnership with MacArthur Foundation

The second foresight seminar run by LSE Cities in partnership with the Hertie School of Governance entitled “Energy Transitions: Implications for City Governments” took place in Berlin on the 28th of February 2015. This event was supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the main funder of the LSE Cities project that investigates new urban governance, represented by Alaina Harkness. Among the audience were a wide range of academics, policy makers, practitioners and activists who were exploring Germany’s energy transition and its implications for the case of Berlin and German cities more broadly but also engaging on a general debate on urban governance change and related triggers. Welcome notes were given by the Dean of the Hertie School of Governance Helmut K. Anheier as well as Philipp Rode, LSE Cities Executive Director.

The event included two separate sessions with two presentations each. The first session presentations, on multi-level governance in the context of energy transitions and chaired by Kai Wegrich, came from Christian Gaebler, Permanent Secretary of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment as well as Genia Kostka, Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance, followed by a discussion from the audience. The second session, chaired by Nuno Ferreira da Cruz on the integration of energy and related sectors at the urban nexus, was conducted by Claudia Kemfert, Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance and Head of the department of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) as well as Florian Lennert, Director of the Intelligent City Programme at InnoZ, followed by another round of discussions.

Profiles

  • Helmut K. Anheier

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Dean of the Hertie School of Governance

  • Christian Gaebler

    Permanent Secretary of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment

  • Alaina Harkness

    Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation

  • Claudia Kemfert

    Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance and Head of the Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment at DIW Berlin.

  • Genia Kostka

    Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance

  • Florian Lennert

    Director of the Intelligent City Programme at InnoZ

  • Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Senior Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher and consultant he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design since 2003. The focus of his current work is on green economy strategies in cities, which includes co-directing the cities programme of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

  • Kai Wegrich

    Professor of Public Administration & Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance