Assis. Prof. Dr. Elina Brutschin

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Webster Vienna Private University




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Courses taught at WVPU




  • PhD, Konstanz University, 2013
  • Post-graduate program on European multi-level politics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, 2013
  • M.A. in Eastern European Studies, Konstanz University, 2010
  • B.A in Political and Administrative Science, Konstanz University, 2008

Background and Facts

After finishing her PhD in political science on the liberalization of the European gas market (at Konstanz University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Volker Schneider), Dr. Brutschin has been researching on the political economy of energy. Energy and environmental topics are getting more attention from political scientists, however, interdisciplinary studies that combine political, economic as well as socio-technical factors remain rare. Dr. Brutschin's main research agenda is to fill this gap. Her research can be divided in three major areas: co-ordination of policies at the European level, interaction between energy and security, and domestic factors affecting energy infrastructure projects.


Brutschin, E., & Fleig, A. (2018). Geopolitically Induced Investmentst in Biofuels. Energy Economics.

Brutschin, E., & Jewell, J. (2018). International Political Economy of Nuclear Energy. In: A. Goldthau, M.F. Keating, & C. Kuzemko (Eds.), Handbook of International Political Economy of Energy and Natural Resources. Edward Elgar.

Cherp, A., Vinichenko, V., Jewell, Brutschin, E., J. & Sovacool, B. (2018). Integrating techno-economic, socio-technical and political perspectives on national energy transitions: A meta-theoretical framework. Energy Research & Social Science, 37, 175-190.

Brutschin, E. (2017). EU Gas Security Architecture: The Role of the Commission's Entrepreneurship. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-51150-8

Brutschin, E., & Fleig, A. (2016). Innovation in the energy sector – The role of fossil fuels and developing economies. Energy Policy, 97, 27–38.

Brutschin, E., & Schubert, S. R. (2016). Icy waters, hot tempers, and high stakes: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of the Arctic. Energy Research & Social Science, 16, 147–159.

Brutschin, E. (2016). Delivering new polity: Paving the way for the European Energy Union. In: R. Heffron, & G. Little (Eds.), Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN: 9780748696796

Brutschin, E. (2015). Shaping the EU’s Energy Policy Agenda: The Role of Eastern European Countries. In J. Tosun, S. Biesenbender, & K. Schulze (Eds.), Energy Policy Making in the EU, 28, 187–204. London: Springer London.

Schubert, S. R., Pollak, J., & Brutschin, E. (2014). Two futures: EU-Russia relations in the context of Ukraine. European Journal of Futures Research, 2(1).

Brutschin, E, Pollak, J., & Schubert, S. R. (2014). The EU and Russian Gas: Is Ukraine a game changer?, OeGfE Policy Brief, 15'2014.

Brutschin, E, & Pollak, J. (2014). The European Commission 2030 framework for climate and energy policies: a step back?, IHS Standpunkt, 21/2014.

Brutschin, E. (2013): Dynamics in EU policy making: The liberalization of the European gas market (PhD dissertation), University of Konstanz.