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Energy Innovation across the Globe

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Worldwide energy innovation is affecting established patterns of wealth, trade, power, and politics. In response to this development, this course addresses energy innovation from a global point of view. Starting with an introduction to the past and present of energy innovation as a driving force of international affairs, the course provides an understanding of energy innovation across the globe. This includes examples such as the paradoxical position of fossil fuel exporting nations (e.g. Norway), the vested interests of industrialised countries, the growing influence of rising powers such as China, and the potential of energy innovation in developing economies. By studying the topic of energy innovation against the backdrop of these various cases, the course aims at providing an understanding of the current state of the global energy transition. This includes the potential of international agreements (such as Paris) and organisations (such as IRENA) to stimulate energy innovation. The module includes guest lectures from leading experts across Europe.


In terms of knowledge, students will have insights into the following areas:

  • Energy innovation from the local to the global level
  • The significance of energy innovation for international affairs
  • The fragmented system of global energy governance
  • The impact of renewables on the geopolitics of energy

In terms of skills, students should be able to:

  • Describe cases relevant to energy innovation
  • Describe the relationship between innovation ecosystems and politics
  • Discuss the politico-economic implications of energy innovation
  • Critically address the challenges involved with the global energy transition

In terms of general competencies, students should be able to:

  • Formulate and communicate challenges associated with bringing energy systems in alignment with ecological limits
  • Process qualitative and quantitative data on energy and innovation
  • Make effective written presentations
  • Show a good capacity for independent learning

Module level: Basic

Degree level: Master

Language: English

Study mode: Online

Challenge-based learning: Yes

Open to Life Long Learners: Yes


Semester: Spring

Starting date: April 2022

Finishing date: May 2022

Enrolment period: December 2021 to 31 March 2022

Additional Information: Max 15 students

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University of Stavanger

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