Anna Fünfgeld

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 2021: Researcher at the University of Potsdam; DFG project "Institutionalizing Low Carbon Development" (INLOCADE)

    • 2020: Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair of International Relations, University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi)

    • Since 2017: Research Fellow and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 2016: PhD Candidate at the Department of International Politics, University of Freiburg

    • 2013 - 2017: Researcher and lecturer at the University of Freiburg (Department of International Politics, Institute of Human Geography, Sprachlehrinstitut and University College Freiburg) and the Protestant University for Applied Sciences Freiburg

    • 2016/ 2017: Advisor on climate and energy policy in Indonesia for Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (further consultancy jobs for the Freiburg city council and member of consultancy teams working for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and GIZ)

    • 5/2014 - 10/2015: Methodology coordinator and researcher of the BMBF-funded, interdisciplinary research group “Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg University”, University of Freiburg

    • Internships and student assistant jobs at GIZ Indonesia, Particip GmbH Freiburg, BORDA/B.E.S.T. and BaliFokus Indonesia (ASA stipendiary project), Arnold Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg, University of Freiburg

    • Education: Political Science, Geography and Social and Cultural Anthropology (Magistra Artium and state examination/ teaching degree) at the University of Freiburg, Germany; Erasmus student at Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

    Current Research

    • Energy Policy

    • Climate Policy

    • Infrastructure Studies

    • Natural Resources & Resource Conflicts

    • (Neo)Gramscian Approaches and Hegemony Analysis

    • Critical Political Economy

    Countries and Regions

    • Indonesia / Southeast Asia

    • Brazil / South America


    • European International Studies Association
    • German Political Science Association
    • German Association for Asian Studies
    • Center for Transcultural Asian Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


    • No Power to Change? Energy Hegemony and Trasformismo in Indonesia

    Nature | 07/2022

    To End Coal, Adapt to Regional Realities

    To identify the most useful policies, the authors of this article created detailed case studies from 2018 to 2020 on 15 key countries, which together comprise 84% of the world’s current coal power-plant capacity, and 83% of the global coal pipeline for new plants.

    Jan Christoph Steckel

    Dr. Michael Jakob

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 2022

    Coal, Power and Coal-Powered Politics in Indonesia

    Indonesia is among the countries with the largest planned coal power capacity additions worldwide, thereby posing a substantial challenge for global climate change mitigation goals. To understand the underlying political drivers, the authors of this chapter carry out expert interviews and examine how individual actors and their objectives have been driven by the development of public infrastructure, while securing popularity for the presidential election in 2019.

    Jose Antonio Ordonez

    Dr. Michael Jakob

    Jan Steckel

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 6/2021

    “Brazil must be back!” – But Real Climate Action Is Possible Only after Bolsonaro

    Brazil’s contribution to international climate protection is urgently needed, but during Bolsonaro’s presidency greenhouse gas emissions, support for agribusiness, and the repression of activists increased. Chances for a turnaround will come only with a change of president in the upcoming elections. An analysis.

    Anna Fünfgeld

    Doctoral Researcher

    Environmental Science and Policy | 2021

    Coal, Power and Coal-powered Politics in Indonesia

    Jose Antonio Ordonez

    Dr. Michael Jakob

    Jan Christoph Steckel

    Speaker | 19/11/2021

    Towards Comparative Area Studies 2.0

    GIGA Event Online event: 29/04/2022 - 30/04/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    November session of the webinar series, featuring presentations by Prof Nora Fisher Onar, University of San Francisco, and Anna Fünfgeld, GIGA and University of freiburg.

    Anna Fünfgeld

    Doctoral Researcher

    Panelist | 16/05/2020

    The Destruction of Nature and the Illusion of Welfare through Mining

    Panel discussion 16/05/2020

    Webinar discussion on environmental destruction and mining in Indonesia, organised by WALHI Sulawesi Tengah

    Anna Fünfgeld

    Doctoral Researcher

    Speaker | 16/07/2019

    Competing Connectivity Strategies: Geopolitics and Infrastructure Development in Asia and Beyond

    Conference 16/07/2019

    Panel at the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS)

    Anna Fünfgeld

    Doctoral Researcher

    Teaching | University of Freiburg | 2020

    Introduction to International Politics

    University of Freiburg Freiburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Hegemony and Political Discourse Theory

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | University of Freiburg | 2017

    Living Knowledge. Practice and Reflection of Qualitative Methods

    University of Freiburg Freiburg Germany

    Qualitative Methods Teaching and Anthropology of Knowledge


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