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Dr Florian Kern

Post:Associate Faculty (Business and Management)
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Florian Kern has more than 12 years of experience in research, consulting and teaching in the area of energy, climate and innovation policy as well as socio-technical transitions. He holds a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy Studies from SPRU (2010). Prior to coming to SPRU, Florian obtained a Master of Science in Socio-Economic and Technological Planning from Roskilde University (Denmark, 2005). Florian studied political science at the Free University of Berlin focusing on international relations, energy policy and environmental policy and management (2000-2003).


Dr Florian Kern is now Associate Faculty at SPRU and is based at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin where he leads the research field ecological economics and environmental policy. Until May 2018 he was Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Senior Lecturer at SPRU-Science Policy Research Unit. He remains an Associate Editor of Research Policy and has been re-elected to sit on the steering group of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). He is also a member of the advisory board for the book series Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions.

Florian is an active peer reviewer for a range of journals incl. Research Policy, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Energy Policy, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Policy Sciences, Regulation and Governance, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Foresight, Science and Public Policy and Sustainability. He also frequently reviews book proposals for publishers and research funding applications for a range of national and international funders.