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Juergen Braunstein

Juergen Braunstein is a fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on the Geopolitics of Energy Project. His research focuses on climate action in the United States and Europe. Braunstein’s current book project Global Energy Transition: The Making of Great Financial Powers delves into the large financing requirements for infrastructure during global energy transitions. Braunstein is the author of Capital Choices: Sectoral Politics and the Variation of Sovereign Wealth, many peer-reviewed publications, and numerous articles in media outlets, such as the Financial Times, Forbes, Project Syndicate, and VoxEU.

Previously, Braunstein coordinated the New Climate Economy (NCE) Finance Workstream at LSE Cities under the leadership of Nicholas Stern and Felipe Calderón. He was a member of the G20 task force on Investment, Social Cohesion and the State in 2020.

Braunstein was a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative political economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master of Research in Political Science from the LSE, and a B.A. from the University of Vienna.


  • Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University


  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Economy of Decarbonization
  • Green Finance
  • Rise and Fall of Great Financial Centers
  • Geopolitics of Renewables
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds