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Christine Sturm

Christine Sturm

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Christine Sturm served in several management positions inside the renewable energy arm of RWE, one of Germany’s largest utility groups. She has previously worked for multinational paper corporations and led the negotiations for the deregulation of the German gas markets, acting on behalf of the Federal Association of Germany’s Industry (BDI), and the Association of Large Industrial Energy Consumers (VIK). In 2012 Christine enrolled as PhD student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, reaching candidacy status in 2014. In her research Christine critically explores the Germany's energy transition (Energiewende) with the overarching goal to analyze the country's efforts to steer its large socio-technological energy systems in particular, desired directions, the difficulties encountered in this process, as well as the means by which system managers and reformers adapt to unintended consequences.

Spoken Languages:
German (native), Romanian (native), French (negotiation level), Italian (elementary)


  • PhD, Sustainability, School of Sustainability, 2018
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering/Energy Technology, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 1984
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering/Energy Technology, Politehnica University of Bucharest


Journal Articles


Sturm, C. L. 2016. Germany's Energiewende: The intermittency problem remains. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 20 May 2016. (link )



Sturm, C. L. 2016. Inside the Energiewende: Policy and innovation in the German utility industry. Presentation at the AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting: Global Science Engagement, 11-15 February 2016, Washington, DC. (link )