Prof. Dr. Johan Lilliestam leads the Energy Transitions and Public Policy group at RIFS. He holds the professorship for Energy Policy at the University of Potsdam. His research focus is policies, strategies and instruments for a transition to a completely climate-neutral, renewable energy system, including the effects of interactions between different energy policies. He currently holds a grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Before joining RIFS, he was Assistant Professor and head of the Renewable Energy Policy Group at the Institute for Environmental Decisions at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and Senior Scientist in the Climate Policy Group, also at ETH Zürich. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Science and Policy from at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2013. From 2007-2013, he was a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and from 2009-2013 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.