Prof. Tobias Schmidt heads the Energy Politics Group at ETH Zurich, one of Europe’s leading universities. In his research, which is published in journals like Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Energy, Research Policy, or Global Environmental Change, he analyzes the interaction of energy policy and its underlying politics with technological change in the energy sector. His research covers both developed and developing countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science and MSc in energy engineering from TU Munich and a PhD from ETH Zurich in management, technology, and economics. During his postdoc, he spent time as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) and acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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