Dr. Benjamin Best

Senior Researcher

Future Energy and Industry Systems
Research Unit Structural Change and Innovation
Benjamin Best
Tel.:+49 202 2492-308

Education and Academic Training

  • 2012 - 2018: Doctoral studies in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, as part of the research project "Framework to Implement the Energy Transition at the Local Authorities of the Ruhr Area" (Energiewende Ruhr)
  • 2008 - 2010: Postgraduate studies of Sustainability Economics and Management at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • 2005 - 2008: Studies in historical Studies and social sciences at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Studies abroad at the University of Vienna (2007/2008) and the Lincoln University, New Zealand / Aotearoa (2009/2010)
  • 2001 - 2003: Training as chemical-technical assistant

Professional Experience

  • Since 2012 Researcher in the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2011: Graduate assistant at the Wuppertal Institute
  • 2010: Intern at the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Division Water, Energy and Transport
  • 2009: Student assistant at the Department of Ecological Economics of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • 2007: Student assistant in the presidents office of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 2006: Intern at the Hannah-Arendt-Centre Oldenburg

Research Focus

  • Energy sufficiency and energy policy
  • Real-world laboratories
  • Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

Teaching and Memberships

  • Lecturer at the Institute for Political Science - University of Münster
  • Member of the organizing committees of the "4th International Degrowth Conference" (September 2014) and the "Future for All" Congress (August 2020)
  • Member of the Association for Ecological Economics, VÖÖ e.V.
  • Member of the Association for Ecological Economic Research, VÖW e.V.
  • Member of the Association for Growth in Transition, FöWa e.V.
  • Co-founder and community manager of Netzwerk Wachstumswende, NEWW


  • Reviewer for the "Journal of Cleaner Production" (peer-reviewed journal)
  • Juror of the Kapp Research Award for Ecological Economics

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