During my studies of history and social science at the University of Bochum (Germany) I specialized on East European history and especially on Ukraine. I wrote my M.A. thesis about the socialist transformation of Ukraine in the period from 1917 to 1934.Upon passing the state examination (Staatsexamen I) and completing an M.A. in social science and East European history in 1997, I started my academic career by working as a freelance writer for Financial Times Energy Publishing (London), and NewsBase (Edinburgh) as well as for various national and international scientific journals. My professional area of interest is the Eurasian energy sector, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas markets in the former Soviet Union, which I have been researching since 1997.From 1998 to 2001, I worked as a researcher at the Institute for East European Studies, Free University of Berlin (Germany). I was a member of the project "Transformation and Globalisation: Driving Forces of Post-Soviet Change" (For further information see


State examination (1996) History and Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany); M.A. (1997) History, Political Science and Sociology, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany); Ph.D. (2003) Political Science, Free University of Berlin (Germany)


Education,East-Central Europe,Energy


  • Research Associate, Institute for World Economics and International Management (IWIM), University of Bremen (Germany), 2003-present
  • Researcher, Institute for East European Studies, Free University of Berlin (Germany), 1998-2001
  • Freelance writer for Financial Times Energy Publishing (London) and NewsBase (Edinburgh) among others, 1995-present


Oil and gas sector in Central and Eastern Europe; Corporate governance in Central and Eastern Europe; Internationalization of companies from Central and Eastern Europe

Project Summary

The potential for conflict and cooperation in Eurasian pipeline politics is the focus of this study. As the major oil and gas producer in Eurasia is Russia, the analysis concentrates on the following actors: Transneft and the Baltic transit states over export routes for Russian oil; Gazprom and the transit countries for its gas exports; Gazprom and Central Asian gas producers; Russia and the Caspian littoral states over the transport of Caspian oil to world markets; competition between the U.S., the EU and Southeast Asia on the demand side; and conflicts between suppliers and consumers of energy.

Major Publications

  • "Why Corporate Governance in the Russian Oil and Gas Industry Is Improving," Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, vol. 5, no. 4, 2005, 3-9.
  • "Internationalisation of Russia's Gazprom," Journal for East European Management Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2003, 46-66
  • "Foreign Investment and National Interests in the Russian Oil and Gas Industry," Post-Communist Economies, vol. 14, no. 4, 2002, 495-507