Andrzej Ceglarz

Ph.D. Candidate
First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs (HfP Munich at TUM)
Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ireneusz Paweł Karolewski (University of Leipzig).


Ph.D. Title: Polish and German Interest Groups in Processes Shaping EU Climate and Energy Policies

Poland and Germany represent different positions regarding plans for common European climate and energy policies. Whereas Germany has assumed a position of environmental leader and pursues ambitious goals in terms of climate policy, Poland is seen as applying the brakes on such measures, because of its desire to maintain coal-based energy production. These different positions have resulted in many misunderstandings and conflicts in the past.

Although the coal and mining lobby was historically influential in both neighbouring countries, the German case shows that its presence does not exclude either the introduction of climate-friendly policies at the national level or a strong push for them at the European Union (EU) level. In recognition of the significant impact that industrial interest groups have had for many years in shaping EU climate and energy policies, Mr. Ceglarz investigates how Polish and German opposing interest groups from electricity sector (incumbents vs. challengers) each have tried to influence the EU’s Winter Package proposed in November 2016. While building on the theory of liberal intergovernmentalism and literature on interest groups, his dissertation takes an institutional approach in order to explain why some interest groups are more influential than others in pursuing their European goals.

Andrzej Ceglarz is a PhD Student at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich since December 2016, having started his PhD at the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Free University in Berlin in October 2015. Before that, he was a fellow of German-Polish Doctoral College at W. Brandt Centre for German and European Studies in Wrocław (Poland).

Between 2017-2020 Mr. Ceglarz had a PhD scholarship within the framework of the Think Lab ‘Energy-Society-Change’ from the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft). For his research he was granted a Mobility Fellowship from the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe BAYHOST a fellowship at the Slovenian Transmission System Operator ELES as a part of the SHAPE ENERGY program and the DAAD scholarship as a visiting student at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2014 he has worked as a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the INSPIRE-Grid Project and since June 2017 he works as Manager of Socio-Energy Systems at the Renewables Grid Initiative, currently in the SENTINEL project. Mr. Ceglarz contributed to work of the Institute for Structural Research in Warsaw in the TRANSrisk project and he supports Polish-German dialog in the area of climate and energy by cooperating with the platform Pol-Int and the Deutsches Polen Institut. Mr. Ceglarz is a fellow at the Environmental Studies and Policy Research Institute (ESPRi) and a member of the Climate Social Science Network (CSSN). He has also served as a peer-reviewer for scientific journals, e.g., Energy Research & Social ScienceEnergy PolicyLand Use PolicyJournal of Cleaner Production and Environmental Communication.



Peer-reviewed papers

Kleanthis, N., Stavrakas, V., Ceglarz, A., Süsser, D., Schibline, A., Lilliestam, J., Flamos, A. (2022): Eliciting knowledge from stakeholders to identify critical issues of the transition to climate neutrality in Greece, the Nordic Region, and the European Union. Energy Research & Social Science, 93, doi:

Süsser, D., Ceglarz, A., Gaschnig, H., Stavrakas, V., Flamos, A., Giannakidis, G., Lilliestam, J. (2021): Model-based policymaking or policy-based modelling? How energy models and energy policy interactEnergy Research & Social Science, 75, doi:

Süsser, D., Gaschnig, H., Ceglarz, A., Stavrakas, V., Flamos, A., Lilliestam, J. (2021): Better suited or just more complex? On the fit between user needs and modeller-driven improvements of energy system models. Energy,

Süsser, D., Ceglarz, A., Stavrakas, V., Lilliestam, J. (2021): COVID-19 vs. stakeholder engagement: the impact of coronavirus containment measures on stakeholder involvement in European energy research projects. Open Research Europe, 1:57, doi:

Hewitt, R., Bradley, N., Baggio Compagnucci, A., Barlagne, C., Ceglarz, A., Cremades, R., McKeen, M., Otto, I., Slee, B. (2019): Social innovation in community energy in Europe: a review of the evidenceFrontiers in Energy Research, doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00031

Ceglarz, A., Benestad, R., Kundzewicz Z.W. (2018): Inconvenience versus Rationality: Reflections on Different Faces of Climate Contrarianism in Poland and NorwayWeather, Climate, and Society, 10(4), 821-836.

Ceglarz, A., Beneking, A., Ellenbeck, S., Battaglini, A. (2017): Understanding the role of trust in power line development projects: Evidence from two case studies in NorwayEnergy Policy110, 570-580.

Ellenbeck, S., Beneking, A., Ceglarz, A., Schmidt, P., Battaglini, A. (2015): Security of Supply in European Electricity Markets—Determinants of Investment Decisions and the European Energy UnionEnergies8(6), 5198-5216.

Book’s contributions

Ceglarz, A. (2021): Untapped Horizons and Prevailing Domestic Beliefs. Bilateral climate and energy relations from a Polish perspective. [In]: Poland and Germany in the European Union. The Multidimensional Dynamics of Bilateral Relations, Eds.: Opiłowska, E.; Sus, M. London: Routledge.

Battaglini, A., Ceglarz, A., Schneider, T. (2019): The Power of Collaboration: the Case of the Renewables Grid Initiative. [In]: The European Energy Transition: Actors, Factors, Sectors, Eds.: Nies, S.; Schmidt von Sydow, H. Deventer: Claeys & Casteels.

Ceglarz, A. (2019): De-growth; Poland. [In]: Historical Dictionary of the Green Movement, Eds.: Schreurs, M.; Papadakis, E. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Kundzewicz, Z.W.; Benestad, R.; Ceglarz, A. (2017): Perception of climate change and mitigation policy in Poland and Norway. [In]: Climate change and its impact on selected sectors in Poland, Eds.: Kundzewicz, Z.W.; Hov, Ø., Okruszko, T. Warsaw: Ridero IT Solutions.

Ceglarz, A., Ancygier, A. (2015): The Polish Renewable Energy and Climate Policies under the Impact of the EU. [In]: The Transformative Power of Europe. The Case of Poland, Eds.: Karolewski, I.; Sus, M. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Reports, policy papers and others

Ceglarz, A. (2021): Together towards a climate-neutral Europe: Polish-German climate and energy partnership. New cooperation opportunities supporting the European Green Deal and the “Fit for 55” package. Background Paper. Germanwatch and Deutscher Naturschutzring, May 2021, Berlin and Bonn.

Ceglarz, A. (2021): Umweltbewusstsein in Polen: historische Entwicklung und aktuelle TrendsOST-WEST. Europäische Perspektiven. OWEP 2/2021.

Ceglarz, A. (2020): Die polnische Energiepolitik: Aktueller Stand und Entwicklungsperspektiven. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Vertretung in Polen, November 2020, ISBN 978-83-64062-49-0, Warschau.

Ceglarz, A. (2019): Współpraca między operatorami sieci przesyłowych a organizacjami pozarządowymi na przykładzie Renewables Grid Initiative (in Polish) [Cooperation between transmission grid operators and non-governmental organisations on the example of Renewables Grid Initiative]. ELEKTROENERGETYKA - współczesność i rozwój [ELECTROENERGETICS - Modernity and Development], 1(20), 51-58.

Witajewski-Baltvilks, J., Antosiewicz, M., Ceglarz, A., Doukas, H., Nikas, A., Sawulski, J., Szpor, A., Witajewska-Baltvilks, B. (2018): Risks associated with the decarbonisation of the Polish power sector. IBS Research Report 05/2018, Warsaw.

Maran, S., Hildebrand, J., Späth, L., Luè, A., Ceglarz, A. (2018): Stakeholder participation in the development of the electricity grid: the INSPIRE-Grid project. 2018 CIGRE session, Paris.

Ceglarz, A. (2015): Europeanization of environmental policy in the New Europe: beyond conditionality, by Mats Braun. Environmental Politics24(3), pp. 519-520.

Progressives Netzwerk Deutschland-Polen 2020. (2014): Deutschland und Polen: gemeinsam für eine solidarische Zukunft in Europa, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin und Warschau.

Research Interests

Polish, German and European climate and energy policies; energy modelling; stakeholder engagement; power line development projects; transdisciplinarity.