Heinke Thies
PhD student


After completing a BSc (Hons) in International Management, Heinke was appointed Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (Cornwall) on an ESRC/EPSRC funded project entitled ‘Energy Security in a Multipolar World’ (ESMW). In her role she project managed the work of this international, interdisciplinary research cluster, bringing together experts from Energy Policy, International Relations and Supply Chain Studies.

Heinke’s current academic research interest lies in energy security, in particular in the transition to a low carbon sustainable economy and its realisation. Traditional energy security debates revolve around the supply side. She sees the energy system as twofold where demand and supply are intertwined. While technological solutions are mostly available the implementation proves difficult.

The transition to a low carbon future will require action across all sectors of UK’s economy. This can only be achieved by equipping British individuals and businesses with low carbon and resource efficient skills.

Heinke is a member of the Energy Policy Group at the University of Exeter.

Broad research interests:

Skills development; low carbon futures; energy security; energy efficiency; energy management; sustainable development


BSc (Hons) International Management; specialisation in International Human Resource Management and International Strategy(English/Spanish/German); University of Flensburg, Germany.

Heinke started her PhD in January 2011.

Contact details

AddressTremough House
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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