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M.A. Sandu-Daniel Kopp


PhD Candidate

Sandu-Daniel Kopp has been a Research Fellow of BC CARE since September 2009. In this function, he has contributed to numerous counselling projects related to environmental and energy policy issues for clients from politics and business (i.e. governmental authorities, companies, political parties and associations). Since winter semester 2011/12, moreover, he has been carrying out teaching assignments at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) of the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science.

In summer semester 2014, he successfully completed his doctoral studies within the framework of the inter-disciplinary Graduate School CREES. His dissertation is titled ’EU Gas Supply Security in the Context of Liberalisation and Decarbonisation – Case Studies of the UK and Germany’.

Between August 2012 and January 2013, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).

Research Focus

International gas and electricity markets, energy pricing, EU environmental and energy policy, security and energy policy in Europe and the CIS.

Taught Classes

Summer term 2012

Advanced seminar no. 15271, ’Geopolitics and Geo-economics in a Multipolar World’, Mondays 12-2 p.m., Otto-Suhr-Institute, Ihnestr. 22, UG 2, Free University of Berlin. (With Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand)

Winter term 2011/12

Advanced seminar no. 15265, ‘Energy Policy - Analysis and Comparison’, Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m., Otto-Suhr-Institute, Ihnestr. 21, 21/F, Free University of Berlin. (With Dr. Behrooz Abdolvand)

Interviews and Selected Publications

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel, ‘Politics, Markets and EU Gas Supply Security – Case Studies of the UK and Germany’, Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 2015.

Interview with Sandu-Daniel Kopp and Arash Duero, ‘Harmonisation of Renewables Support Unlikely Anytime Soon’, Interfax: Natural Gas Daily, 29 November 2012, <>, accessed 07 January 2014. (English)

Interview with Sandu-Daniel Kopp and Arash Duero, ‘Ecoindustry EU: Green Energy – Green Business. The future of sustainable growth in Europe’, 25 June 2012, Energlobe, <>, accessed 07 January 2014. (German)

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel, ‘How Azerbaijan Benefits from Russia’s Central Asian Energy Strategy’, Caspian Energy and Environment Bulletin, 01/2013, S. 26-29.

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel / Duero, Arash, ‘Green Energy- Green Business: New Financial and Policy Instruments for Sustainable Growth in the EU’, The Centre for European Studies (CES) and The European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) King’s College London (eds.), Brussels, June 2012. (English)

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel / Abdolvand, Behrooz, ‘Russia, Central Asia and the Liberalisation of the EU Gas Markets’, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (ed.), Almaty, April 2012. (English)

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel / Mez, Lutz, ‘Mobility of the Future – Potentials of Small and Medium-sized Gas Stations as Suppliers of Biofuels, Electricity, Hydrogen and Gas’, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) (ed.), Berlin, November 2011. (German)

Kopp, Sandu-Daniel / Abdolvand, Behrooz, ‘New Ways for European Gas Supply’, Welt Trends – Magazine for International Politics, July/August 2011, pp. 67-78, Potsdam. (German)