About us

The Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions is a new International Graduate College jointly instituted by the University of Melbourne and a partnership of German universities in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The College offers PhD candidates the opportunity to pursue research in climate change and energy transitions at a world-class level, complemented by a six month exchange program to broaden their horizons and expertise at a partner institution overseas.

The college will provide all PhD candidates with a strong disciplinary training in economics, physics, energy system theory, political science, and network theory, complemented by a broad, transdisciplinary perspective. Ensuring originality of research at the frontline of science will inevitably lead students into overlapping areas of study across the four research clusters: 

  1. energy systems and the requirements for a national transition towards a dominant contribution of renewable energies
  2. emission pathways and mitigation strategies including trading systems, intergenerational equity, carbon budgets and mitigation costs
  3. all aspects of the climate system itself
  4. climatic impacts on the global supply network of goods and services with a special focus on energy infrastructure


A video about us.

Introduction to the College from Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions on Vimeo.