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Juergen Braunstein

Juergen Braunstein is a researcher and instructor at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education’s Sustainability Program, where he works on the international political economy of decarbonization. His research project on "Energy Transitions and the Rise and Fall of Great Financial Centers", for which he was recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission, delves into the large infrastructure financing requirements during global energy transitions. Drawing on European and U.S. historical experiences, this project engages directly with a burgeoning debate about the rise of sustainable financial centers and the global economy’s shifting center of gravity from the West to the East.

Braunstein is the author of Capital Choices: Sectoral Politics and the Variation of Sovereign Wealth (University of Michigan, 2018), as well as peer-reviewed publications, and articles in the Financial Times, Forbes, Project Syndicate, and VoxEU, among others. Previously, Braunstein coordinated the New Climate Economy (NCE) finance workstream at LSE Cities under 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 Harvard Kennedy School’s and a fellow with the Belfer Center’s Geopolitics of Energy Project. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Master of Research in Political Science from the LSE, and a B.A. from the University of Vienna.


  • Instructor, Harvard Division of Continuing Education
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University