Thomas Sattich

Dr. Thomas Sattich

Associate Researcher Environment and Sustainable Development


Thomas Sattich joined the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in April 2011. He graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (political science, law, history) and has studied in France. Research stays in Poland (Instytut Spraw Publicznych Warsaw, German Historical Institute Warsaw) and Hungary (University of Szeged) roused his interest in the (not so) new EU member states, leading him to his Master thesis and to his PhD on the impact of EU’s 2004 and 2007 enlargement on European policy making. With two case studies and a triangulation of network-, cluster-, content analysis and process tracing, Thomas identified several advocacy coalitions active during the policy making process leading to the renewables Directive (2009/28/EC) and the emissions trading directive (2009/29/EC), and their influenced on the policy output. Furthermore, Thomas assessed the positions the actors from the new EU member states took in this field of advocacy coalitions, and whether they were able to influence the two Directives by either forming their own group, or by joining an existing one. 

As a Visiting Fellow at the Brussels office of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) - German Institute for International and Security Affairs he started to work exclusively on energy- and industry related topics. Starting with various publications on European energy policy and Germany's energy transition (Energiewende), Thomas focused on the power sector, the integration of renewables and the adaptation of the European electricity transmission infrastructure. This branch of his research resulted in several contributions to different international conference (e.g. International Conference on the European Energy Market 9 and 10 in Florence, and Stockholm), publications (SWP, IES, and the Journal of Energy and Power Engineering), and a number of policy events in Brussels. Thomas' current focus lies on the effect of European energy policy on the distribution of power generation capacity in Europe and the future geography of Europe's power system. Aiming at the combination of policy analysis and quantitative impact assessment, quantitative methods such as network analysis and econometrics are integral element of Thomas' latest research.


Analysis, Research, European Union, Energy, Infrastructure, Networks, Statistics, Quantitative methods


"The way ahead looks black" (proverb from German mining)

"Power is organised effort" (Napoleon Hill)

"Don't promise, don't threaten. Just act." (from Russia)

  • Analyst, Researcher
  • Over 5 years of work experience in research and analysis
  • Excellent skills in statistical and qualitative analysis
  • Strong experience in analytical software: Gephi network analysis, XLSTAT
  • Advanced user of computers (IT): MacOS, Windows, Office
  • Experience in text editors (LaTeX, LyX)
  • Experience with QGIS mapping software
  • Experience with Stata
Sphere of interest:
  • European Union
  • Policy analysis
  • Energy systems
  • Industry networks
  • Industrial policy
  • Recycling
  • Infrastructure
  • Transport systems
  • Agriculture
  • Network analysis
  • Quantitative methods
  • Econometrics
  • Qualitative methods
  • Good knowledge of English (proficient), French (independent), German (native speaker) and other languages such as Dutch, Polish and Hungarian (at various levels)
  • Sound international life and career experience in different geographic areas and cultural environments of Eastern and Western Europe: born and raised in Munich, Germany; 5 years studies and work in France, Belgium (Brussels), Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands; short-term work stays in Italy, Turkey, Finland and Sweden.

Mobile: +32(0)460962961


  • Lecture on the Enlargement of the European Union, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (in preparation)
  • University of California lecture on EU’s energy transition and the question of sovereignty in Europe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Academic Coordinator and Chair of the Policy Forum European Energy and Industrial Policy Realigned: What job for public authorities?, Institute for European Studies, Brussels
  • Academic Coordinator of the Policy Forum Benelux: Testing Ground for Europe’s Energy Transition, Institute for European Studies, Brussels
  • Co-organiser IES Lecture Series EU Energy Policy: On the Road to Decarbonisation?, Institute for European Studies, Brussels
  • Academic Coordinator of the Policy Forum Europe Interconnected: EU’s Ageing Electricity Networks and Renewable Energy, Institute for European Studies, Brussels
  • Co-organiser of the Future of Europe lecture by Hans-Gert Pöttering. President of the European Parliament, Warsaw, Poland


  • Towards a common European energy policy? Energy security debates in Poland and Germany (at the Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen)
  • EU’s Eco-Innovation Strategy: Sunrise for European Industry?, Study for the Centre for Political Analysis of the University of Warsaw and the Polish Ministry of Economics