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Energy Economics PhD & Post-graduate Program

Program duration
The program lasts for 1 week and is organized twice a year (Spring & Autumn)
Entry requirements
A professional level in English is required.
Full program fees
1800 euros (no scholarships available)

Today an energy revolution is underway: new technical possibilities combined with changing customers' demands and evolving political regulations are deeply changing the energy landscape. GEM designed this interactive course specifically for managers and engineers to understand the deep transformation that the energy sector is going through and to be able to make strategic decisions in a continuously changing energy market. This course is offered in partnership with EIT-KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, business creation and education in sustainable energy.

3 ECTS (1.5 US) can be earned by completing this module

Profile of participants

PhD students or engineers in the energy field who want to deepen their knowledge about the energy sector and better assess the economic potential of the technology/service they are working on. Early career engineers and managers who want to acquire the state-of-the-art transversal knowledge about the energy sector needed to advance in their career.

This course addresses five topics:

Fossil energy: trends and challenges

  • Learn about the size and evolution of global oil, gas and coal markets
  • Understand the energy questions the world face and the main risks triggered by the instability of the energy geopolitics.
  • Gain insight into the gas value system and into how the changing energy landscape influences the global gas business

Investment in Energy Sector

  • Learn about global investment needs in renewable, fossil and nuclear energy
  • Understand how cost of generating is estimated
  • Acquire knowledge about the major drivers of investment in various generating technologies

European Electricity Market

  • Understand the organization of the European electricity market and how it functions
  • Learn about the different ways to trade electricity and the impact for TSOs
  • Grasp how climate policies and EU trading system shapes the European energy landscape

Energy efficiency

  • Develop a basic understanding of the concept of energy efficiency
  • Become acquainted with key energy efficiency policies in the EU
  • Understanding the rationale for dynamic pricing and get exposed to international developments and differences across countries;

Energy Modelling and Energy Scenarios

  • Understand how energy models are built in order to forecast future energy demand
  • Get acquainted with the latest energy scenarios and how they are used for policy making

This program mobilizes faculty members belonging to the Energy Management research team.

Joachim Schleich is a senior professor and holds a PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His areas of expertise include energy efficiency, energy policy, and climate policy and innovation.
Anne-Lorène Vernay is a post-doc and is responsible for all of GEM’s activities in KIC InnoEnergy. She holds a PhD in innovation studies and industrial ecology from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her expertise includes the local management of waste and energy.

External experts and practitioners will also be invited.

Examples from previous sessions

  • Matthew Wittenstein– analyst at the International Energy Agency
  • Dr. Martin Wietschel Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
  • Dr. Emmanuel Hache, Professor & Head of International Program at IFP School
  • Dr. Philippe Vassilopoulos - Head of Product Design at EPEX Spot (European Power   Exchange)
  • Dr. Thomas Reverdy– researcher at PACTE
  • Dr. Tanguy Janssen- Analyst, Market Design Department at RTE Réseau de Transport d'Electricité
  • Axel Emmerich- senior manager for gas & oil supply and asset development at EnBW and Science Advisor to GeoResources STC/ Heidelberg University



  • Gain cutting edge knowledge delivered by a team of highly qualified faculty members and international practitioners
  • Learn how to make strategic decisions in a continuously changing energy market
  • Experience a balanced mix of high level training with extensive industry participation
  • Strengthen your international network in the energy sector with your peers from around the world
  • Follow a module labeled by KIC-InnoEnergy
  • Enjoy local culture and socialize with your peers in a highly international city

To apply for this program please send your CV + Motivation Letter in English to:
Fanny Trouvé
Tel: +33 4 76 70 64 88

Admission is subject to selection process and to the number of seats available. The number of participants will be limited and candidates will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Application deadline

  • Spring session: apply before end of February
  • Autumn session: apply before end of June


1800 euros (no scholarships available)

Fees include:

  • Online access to Moodle E-learning platform prior to and during the program
  • Access to all the facilities of GEM
  • Company visit/guest speaker
  • Pre-departure information material
  • Welcome and goodbye event to break the ice and favor networking among participants

Fees do not include:

  • Accommodation in Grenoble
  • Insurance
  • Round trip air fare
  • Meals

Policy concerning the refund of tuition fees