Dr. Marius Buchmann

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Main research fields:

  • Governance & Regulation of Smart Grids
  • Renewable Energies
  • E-mobility

Phone: +49 421 200-4868
E-mail: m.buchmann@jacobs-university.de


Marius Buchmann is a research associate at Jacobs University Bremen. His main research interest is on regulation and governance issues related to the digitalization of the energy transition, smart grids and the integration of renewable energies. Primary, Marius currently analyses the implications of the digitalization process in the energy sector from an institutional perspective. He is manages different national and international (focus on Asia) industry and public projectsMarius Buchmann holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Law awarded by the University of Erfurt and a master's degree in Sustainability Economics and Management at Oldenburg University, which included aspects of energy economics and policy, sustainability management and renewable energies. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Jacobs University where he analyzed the implications of data handling in smart grids.


Since Jan. 2017 Project Group Leader for the SINTEG Project "enera - the next big step towards a sustainable world"
Since Feb. 2011 Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen
Selected projects:

  • "Governance of Smart Grid - The Future Role of the DSO in data management", client: EWE Netz
  • "Disruptive Challenges for Incumbents in the German Energy Sector", client: CRIEPI, Tokyo.
  • “Regulatory Pathways for Smart Grid Development in China”, client: GIZ
  • “Hansa Energy Corridor – cross border cooperation for smart grids”, client: EU
Sep. 2013 – Sep. 2016 Research Associate at Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung, IFAM
Project manager, Business Administration - Training and Consulting
Selected projects:

  • "Development of a trainingcenter for electro mobility in China“, client: BMBF
  • "Integration of Electric Vehicles into rural distribution grids with high shares of renewable energies", client: BMVBS
Feb. 2010 – Aug. 2013 Research Associate at the Bremer Energie Institut
Selected projects:

  • "The institutional framework of Smart Grids in Austria", client: BMVIT, responsibility: Project Manager
  • "Application of the DIRECTIVE 2006/32/EC 'on energy end-use efficiency and energy services' in Germany", client: BAFA, responsibility: Team Member
  • “Electro Mobility and the Housing Industry”, client: Foundation of the German Housing Industry, responsibility: Team Member
  • “Assessment of the ecological potential of electric vehicles”, client: BMVBS, responsibility: Project Manager
Sep. 2009 – Oct. 2010 Research Assistant at the University of Oldenburg

  • “E2SOL: Energy2 for the City of Oldenburg”, client: City of Oldenburg/BMBF
Feb 2009 – Dec. 2009 Trainee at ecco Unternehmensberatung GmbH
Selected project:

  • “Buildings, climate protection and communication” (Gebäude, Klimaschutz und Kommunikation – GEKKO), client: BMBF/University of Oldenburg


Feb. 2014 – Oct. 2016 PhD at Jacobs University Bremen

  • Topic: "Smart Grids, the Governance of Information Management and Regulation"
Oct. 2007 – Oct. 2009 Master degree in “Sustainability Economics and Management” at Oldenburg University

  • Specialisation: Energy Economics, Renewable Energies, Sustainability Management
Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2007 Scholarship for semester abroad at Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Specialisation: Business Administration
Oct. 2004 – Sep. 2007 Bachelor in Economics and Law at University of Erfurt

  • Specialisation: Economics, Contractual Law and Sociology

Teaching Experience

Teaching at Jacobs University Bremen:

  • Logistics Management for Network Industries - Disruptive Innovations (Fall 2016)
  • Guest lectures in “Integrated Environmental Studies”

Main Research Fields

Energy Economics:

  • Market Design
  • Governance
  • Smart Grids
  • Renewable Energies


  • Buchmann, M. 2017, The Need for Competition between Decentralized Governance Approaches for Data Exchange in Smart Electricity Grids - Fiscal Federalism vs. Polycentric Governance, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 139, 106-117.
  • Buchmann, M. 2017, Information Management in Smart Grids - Who Should Govern Information Management to Balance Between Coordination and Competition on the Distribution Grid Level?, Utilities Policy, Vol. 44, 2017, 63-72.
  • Buchmann, M., 2016, Integrating Stakeholders into the Governance of Data Exchange from Smart Metering, forthcoming in Competition and Regulation in Network Industries (2016), No. 2:102-122.
  • Buchmann, M., 2016, Information Management in Smart Grids - the need for decentralized governance approaches, Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 25, September 2016.
  • Brandstätt, C., Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M. and Friedrichsen, N., 2016, Balancing between competition and coordination in smart grids – a Common Information Platform (CIP), Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, Vol. 6, Nr. 1.
  • Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., & Meyer, R., 2016, The Rise of Third Parties and the Fall of Incumbents: The Case of Germany, The Energy Journal, Vol. 37, No. 2.
  • Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., and Meyer, R., 2016, New Developments in Electricity Markets Following Lage-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy, in: Finger, M. and Jaag, Chr. (editors), The Routledge Companion to Network Industries, Routledge Companions, 2016.
  • Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., Hattori, T. & Meyer, R., 2016, Evaluation of Strategy of Power Generation Business under Large-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy, Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 23, March 2016.
  • Buchmann, M., Hoerstebrock, T., Schütte, S., 2012, Integrating fleets of EVs into rural low-voltage grids with a high share of photovoltaic energy, IEEE Conference Publications: VDE-Kongress Smart Grid Intelligente Energieversorgung der Zukunft.
  • Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., Friedrichsen, N., Brandstätt, C., forthcoming, 2013, The institutional framework of Smart Grids in Austria, in BMVIT Schriftenreihe, 2013.
  • Buchmann, M., Garbiel, J., Wellbrock, P., 2013, forthcoming, Assessment of CO2-emissions from Electric vehicles – state of the scientific debate, in Hülsmann, M and Fornahl, D. (Eds.): Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Buchmann, M., 2011, The Interdependences between Electric Vehicles and Offshore Wind Energy: An Investigation for the North-Western Region of Germany, 3rd European Conference Smart Grids & E-Mobility, OTTI, 18.10.2011, München.