Tobias Schmidt Head of Energy Politics Group, ETH Zurich ETH Zurich’s Energy Politics Group

Prof. Dr. Tobias Schmidt is the head of ETH Zurich’s Energy Politics Group. Tobias holds a Bachelor of Science and Dipl. Ing. (MSc equivalent) in electrical engineering (energy focus) from TU Munich and a PhD from ETH Zurich in management, technology, and economics.

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During his postdoc, he spent time as a visiting scholar at Stanford University and acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) working on UNDP’s De-risking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) project.

In his research, which is published in journals like Nature Climate Change, Nature Energy, Research Policy, or Global Environmental Change, he analyzes the interaction of energy policy and its underlying politics with technological change in the energy sector. One of his empirical focuses is energy finance and particularly investment risks.