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Research Group CoalExit



Part of the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at the University of Technology is the junior research group CoalExit, led by Dr. Pao-Yu Oei.

A major challenge for international climate and energy policies, especially after the climate conferences COP21 and COP22, is curbing global coal consumption to prevent global warming, in the context of a global transformation towards a lower-carbon energy system. These processes require both, a technical overhaul of the energy system, and a societal transformation process including different group of actors, sectors, regions, and countries. The distributive aspects are a major challenge, and have previously often been underestimated.

The main aim of the research project ‘CoalExit’ is therefore to design a socially acceptable framework for an upcoming coal phase-out in Germany, as a basis for future regional transition frameworks. This is based on findings from past transitions, continuous feedback from stakeholders, institutional policy analysis, legal aspects and quantitative modeling of the European electricity sector including employment effects. Subsequently, this inter- and transdisciplinary research analyzes the particular situation in other countries, i.a. China, Colombia, India, and South Africa, its implications on the global coal market, and the interdependence with other fossil fuel markets. 


The results will be made available as a basis for political decision making. The dissemination of the results increases the awareness of adaptation and mitigation research to a wide range of national and international academic as well as non-academic audiences, and advances the fundamental research on societal transition processes. The recent research is depicted on the poster.

Further information on current research activities are found on the member pages and the list of publications.



Information on courses taught by Pao-Yu Oei and other staff can be found here.

The illustrated poster of the course Operations Research - Methods for Energy and Resource Markets serves as an example of a yearly taught course.



Staff Members & Contact

The junior research group CoalExit is led by Dr. Pao-Yu Oei. The research associates that are doing their Ph.D. studies in the context of the research group are Hanna BrauersIsabell BraungerThorsten BurandtChristian Hauenstein, and Konstantin Löffler. Furthermore, the work is supported by the research assistants Paula Walk, Catharina Rieve, Felipe Corral Montoya, Nora Stognief, Philipp Herpich, Felix Wejda and Frederik Seehaus. Further with the junior research group associated researchers are Roman Mendelevitch and Kerstin Mohr. CoalExit is part of the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy (WIP) at the University of Technology Berlin. Additionally, the junior research group will be supported by the four mentors: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack and Dr. Franziska Holz. Existing cooperations with the fellow research institutes at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Hertie School of Governance (HSoG) help linking the work to other parallel research projects on similar topics. Several research associates will be supervised in their PhDs by Pao-Yu Oei in the project funded by the BMBF grant "global change".


Contact information of Dr. Pao-Yu Oei

TU Berlin
Fachgebiet  Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturpolitik (WIP)
Sekretariat H 33
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Tel. +49-(0)30-314-75846



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