Dr. Sonja Thielges
Research Group Leader
© IASS/Lotte Ostermann
- On Social Media
- A G7 Climate Club to Booster Transatlantic Relations?
- The Biden presidency – A turning point for US and international climate policy?
- U.S. and German Energy Policy at a Crossroads? The Transatlantic Partners and the Future of Energy Cooperation
- The G20’s Renewed Attempt to Spearhead a Clean-Energy Transition
- The Role of Germany in the Future of Renewable Energies
- The transatlantic mobility challenge
- Building transatlantic common ground in combating global warming
- Climate Policy under Donald Trump: What is to Become of America’s Energy Transition?
- Donald Trump and the Future of Climate Protection
Sonja Thielges joined RIFS as a research associate in August 2016 and leads the research group "Industrial Decarbonization Strategies". Sonja is a non-resident Geoeconomics Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University and volunteers as speaker of the research group on Global Issues at Kölner Forum für Internationale Beziehungen und Sicherheitspolitik e. V. (KFIBS). Sonja's research focuses on the global energy transition. Her current research interests include the politics, policy and governance of industrial decarbonization, public perception of CO2 utilization strategies, the geoeconomics of a global hydrogen economy as well as transatlantic climate and energy relations. Before coming to RIFS, Sonja was a member of the Americas Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where her research focused on U.S. climate and energy policy. She also worked on projects at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) Berlin, and the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE). Sonja completed an M.A. in North American studies, political science and modern history at Freie Universität Berlin and Indiana University Bloomington. She completed her dissertation "Constructing Climate Change in the U.S. Rust Belt. Political Discourse, the Media and Climate Policy Frames in Michigan and Indiana" at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of Freie Universität Berlin. She conducted field research for her dissertation as a DAAD-funded visiting researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as well as in Washington, D.C.