Carsten Elsner

Carsten Elsner is a Research Associate of the research group “Glocalpower” based at the Political Science Department at the University of Kassel. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Previously he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU). His current research interest evolves around the political economy of energy transitions, standardization processes in green finance and the EU Taxonomy.


Research areas:

  • Political Economy of energy transitions 
  • Green finance and standardization processes
  • EU Taxonomy
  • Narrative Discourse Analysis and Discourse Coalitions



Carsten Elsner, Franziska Müller, Manuel Neumann & Simone Claar (2021) Finanzialisierung und „de-risking“ in Sambias Energiewende: Perspektiven für nachhaltige Entwicklung? In: Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Entwicklungstheorie und Entwicklungspolitik e.V. (Hg.): Peripherie. Zeitschrift für Politik und Ökonomie in der Dritten Welt, Verlag Barbara Budrich, Leverkusen. Specialissue No. 162/163, S. 275-297. ISSN: 0173-184X/ISSN Online: 2366-4185.

Carsten Elsner, Manuel Neumann, Franziska Müller & Simone Claar (2021) Room for money or manoeuvre? How green financialization and de-risking shape Zambia’s renewable energy transition, Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2021.1973971

Müller, Franziska; Neumann, Manuel; Elsner, Carsten; Claar, Simone (2021) Assessing African Energy Transitions: Renewable Energy Policies, Energy Justice, and SDG 7. Politics and Governance. Vol. 9 No. 1

Müller, Franziska; Claar, Simone; Neumann, Manuel; Elsner, Carsten (2020) Is green a Pan-African colour?Mapping African renewable energy policies and transitions in 34 countries. Energy Research & Social Science (ERSS), Volume 68, October 2020, 101551 

Müller, Franziska; Claar, Simone; Neumann, Manuel; Elsner, Carsten (2020): Building Africa’s renewable energy future: Recommendations for a just transition. Policy BriefingsEnergy, Natural Resources. South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA),


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Office: Untere Königsstr. 71, 34123 Kassel, 2nd floor, room 2002