Dr. Franziska Müller is a political scientist and leader of the GLOCALPOWER research group on African energy transitions
Rooted in the fields of International Relations theory and Global Environmental Governance, her work focuses on the intersections of international relations and political ecology. Her curent research concentrates on energy transitions and global carbon governance. Further fields of expertise are EU-Africa relations, global energy relations trade policies, international organisations (World Bank, IRENA, WTO).
She holds a Ph.D. in political science/international relations (with distinction) and a M.A. in political science and cultural anthropology. Her Ph.D. focused on EU-ACP relations and analyzed the change of this postcolonial relationship as a change of governance and normative power, culminating in the advent of characteristic liberal and postliberal governmentalities.
Previously she was based at TU Darmstadt and at the Cluster of Excellence "Normative Orders". From 2011 to 2014 she coordinated the VW-funded research project "Challenges of European External Energy Governance with Emerging Powers", together with Prof. Michèle Knodt and Nadine Piefer. For research stays she visited South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, Ghana, India, the UK and the U.S. She is representative of the Section "Development Theory" of the German Political Science Association (DVPW). Since 2012 she is liasion lecturer for the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. She serves as a reviewer for several journals, e.g. Journal of International Relations and Development, Third World Quarterly, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Urban Studies, and the EU's Horizon 2020 program.
International Relations Theory (poststructuralist, constructivist and postcolonial approaches)
global environmental governance and global governmentality
international development cooperation
EU-Africa relations, Emerging Powers/Emerging Donors
Qualitative research (discourse analysis, ethnography, network analysis)