Gusev and Guan win prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship

Guan Ting with State Secretary Thomas Rachel and Alexander Gusev

After Alexander Gusev, the Green Talents programme has generated a second German Chancellor Fellowship holder: Guan Ting from China. We warmly congratulate both of them and are pleased to welcome them back to Germany.

Source: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is targeted at university graduates from the United States, Russia, China, Brazil and India who have an international outlook and initial leadership experience. The fellowships give them the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and to explore new solutions to the global issues of our times.

With this programme Germany once again presents itself as a destination of choice for intercultural dialogue and as a meeting place for the international leaders of tomorrow. During their stay in Germany, the German Chancellor Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects at host institutions. The projects should not only be of social significance, but should also have a long-term, publicly-visible impact.

Alexander Gusev, Green Talents winner of 2010, had already gained the Chancellor Fellowship in 2012/2013. He is an expert of energy policies in Russia and the EU and spent his Green Talents Research Stay at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - SWP) in Berlin. With the AvH fellowship, Alexander returned to SWP for another year to deeper examine German-Russian cooperation on energy efficiency on the current stage.

In 2013/2014, Chinese researcher and Green Talent 2011, Guan Ting, has successfully followed in his footsteps. At the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the University of Duisburg-Essen she continues to work on environmental and energy policy issues by compiling a comparative study of Effective Energy Conservation Policy in Germany and China.

As the world’s largest CO2 emitter and energy consumer, how China governs its energy will directly affect global energy governance. To help China’s local government implement energy conservation policy more effectively, Guan Ting focuses on the local governance of energy conservation in Germany. By capturing the local approach, Guan Ting examines the conditions of effective implementation of local energy conservation policies. Specifically, she analyses national macrocontext differences between Germany and China, and identifies crucial factors of effective energy conservation policy implementation. The Wuppertal Institute and the University of Duisburg-Essen will provide essential resources for her research, especially the connections to local cadres and leading scholars in the energy policy field. Her work in Germany is imbedded in her Ph.D. dissertation. The outcome will increase our understanding of local policy implementation conditions in both Germany and China. The findings will also make contributions to comparative energy conservation policy research in the two countries.

In addition to winning the prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship, Guan Ting is also a fellow of the Global Governance Futures 2022 programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation. The initiative brings together young professionals to look ahead 10 years and recommend ways to address global challenges.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Programme is currently open for submissions until 15 September 2014.