Dr. Julia Kusznir


Former Research Associate and Guest Researcher at Jacobs University Bremen

Main research fields:

  • Regulation and investment
  • Market design
  • Energy geopolitics

E-mail: j.kusznir@jacobs-university.de



Julia Kusznir is a post-doctoral research fellow at Jacobs University Bremen. Her research focuses on (a) national and EU energy policy in the field of fossil fuels, renewables and electricity, including network regulation, governance structures and market design, (b) energy security of supply and its impact on the politics of the EU and supplier countries, and (c) sustainable energy transition and environmental politics. She received her doctorate in 2007 from the University of Bremen. She has held posts at the Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, the Department of Comparative Political Studies in the University of Regensburg, Jacobs University Bremen, associated research at Bremen Energy Institute and was a visiting research fellow at NUPI in Norway.


Since Mar. 2019 Postdoctoral Fellow, Jacobs University Bremen
Sep. 2018 – Dec. 2018 Scientific Fellow, Jacobs University Bremen
Mar. 2012 – June 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Jacobs University Bremen
Sep. 2011 – Dec. 2011 External Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo
Dec. 2008 – Aug. 2011 Lecturer, University of Regensburg
Jul 2006 – Sep. 2008 Research Assistant, The Research Center for East European Studies, University of Bremen
Jan 2003 – July 2005 Project Assistant, The Research Center for East European Studies, University of Bremen


Jan. 2003 – May 2007 PhD in Social Science at the University of Bremen
Sep. 1994 – June 1999 Magister in International Relations at the University of Warsaw


Sep. 2011 – Dec. 2011 Personal mobility grant from the E.ON Ruhrgas program for economics and business administration, law and political science (IS-RUHR)
Feb. 2010 – Mar. 2010 Personal grant from the Yggdrasil mobility program, Research Council of Norway
Jan. 2003 – Dec. 2006 Personal grant from the Förderungsprogramm, University of Bremen

Other Experiences and Activities

  • Acquisition of third-party funding (participation in research project applications)
  • Coordination of academic partnerships
  • Organizing conferences and workshops
  • Presentations on international academic conferences and workshops
  • Referee for several peer -reviewed academic journals
  • Supporting the editors of the Research Centre’s Analytical Digests
  • Academic consultancy work for companies


  • Brunekreeft, G, Kusznir, J. & Meyer, R (2020). Output-orientierte Regulierung - ein Überblick. Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 35, Jacobs University Bremen.
  • Kusznir, J., Smith Stegen K. (2020). The European Green Deal’s Hydrogen Strategy and EU Energy Issues, Baltic Rim Economies, Issue 4.
  • Brunekreeft, G., Kusznir, J. & Meyer, R. (2020). The Emergence of Output-Oriented Network Regulation. Oxford Energy Forum, Issue 124, pp. 34-38.
  • Brunekreeft, G, Kusznir, J., Meyer, R., Sawabe, M. & Hattori, T. (2020). Incentive regulation of electricity networks under large penetration of distributed energy resources – selected issues. Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 33, Jacobs University Bremen.
  • Buchmann, M., Kusznir, J. & Brunekreeft, G. (2019). Assessment of the drafted German Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.
  • Kusznir, J. (2019). The Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia on Gas Transit: A Progress Report, Russian Analytical Digest, Issue 242, pp. 12-16.
  • Kusznir, J. (2019). The Impact of EU Regulations and Western Sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 Project, Russian Analytical Digest, Issue 236, pp. 8-12.
  • Szulecki, K, Kusznir, J. (2018). Energy security and energy transition: Securitisation in the electricity sector, in: Szulecki, K. (Ed.) Energy Security in Europe. Divergent Perceptions and Policy Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 117-148.
  • Heinrich A., Kusznir, J., Lis, A., Pleines, H., Smith Stegen, K. Szulecki, K. (2016). Towards a common EU Energy Policy? Debates on Energy Security in Poland and Germany, ESPRi Policy Paper, Issue 2.
  • Kusznir, J. (2015). Gazproms neue Strategie für Europa, Russlandanalysen, 303/2015, pp.5-8.
  • Smith Stegen, K., Kusznir J. (2015). Outcomes and strategies in the ‘New Great Game’: China and the Caspian states emerge as winners, Journal of Eurasian Studies, special issue Pleines H. and Heinrich A. (Eds.): The Political Economy of the Caspian Oil and Gas States,Nr. 2/2015, pp.91-106
  • Kusznir, J. (2015). The Southern Gas Corridor: Initiated by the EU, Completed by Others? TANAP, TAP, and the Redirection of the South Stream Pipeline, Caucasus Analytical Digest, 69/2015, pp. 6-10.
  • Smith Stegen, K., Kusznir, J. (2012). The Transatlantic Energy Relationship: A View from Washington, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 4/ 2012, pp. 313-327
  • Kusznir, J. (2012). TAP, Nabucco West, and South Stream: The Pipeline Dilemma in the Caspian Sea Basin and Its Consequences for the Development of the Southern Gas Corridor, Caucasus Analytical Digest, 47/2012, pp. 2-7.
  • Kusznir, J. (2011). The Nabucco Gas pipeline project and its Impact on EU energy policy in the South Caucasus, in: Caucasus Analytical Digest, 33/2011, pp. 9-13.
  • Kusznir, J. (2012). The National Oil Elite and its Influence on Energy Policy in Kazakhstan, in: Heinrich, Andreas / Pleines, Heiko (Eds.): Challenges of the Caspian Resource Boom: Domestic Elites and Policy-Making, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan 2012, pp.102-116.
  • Kusznir, J. (2010). The Oil and Gas Industry and Regional Politics in Russia: Arranging the Distributions of Rents, in: Gawrich, Andrea, Franke Anja, Windwehr Jana (Eds.): Are Resources a Curse? Rentierism and Energy Policy in Post-Soviet States, Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2010, pp. 51-70.
  • Pleines, H., Kusznir J. (2008). Die Reform der russischen Elektrizitätswirtschaft, Russlandanalysen, 170/2008, pp.18-22.
  • Pleines, H., Kusznir, J. (2007). The Russian Refining Assets, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 9/2007, pp. 12-18.
  • Kusznir, J. (2007). Der politische Einfluss von Wirtschaftseliten in russischen Regionen. Eine Analyse am Beispiel der Erdöl- und Erdgasindustrie, 1992-2005, Stuttgart: LIT Verlag 2007.