Dr. Marius Buchmann 



Research Associate at Jacobs University

Bremen Energy Research (BER)

Jacobs University Bremen

Campus Ring 1;  D- 28759 Bremen

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Marius Buchmann is a research associate at Jacobs University Bremen.


His main research interest is on regulation and governance issues related to the digitalization of the energy transition, smart grids and the integration of renewable energies. Primary, Marius currently analyses the implications of the digitalization process in the energy sector from an institutional perspective. He is manages different national and international (focus on Asia) industry and public projects


Marius Buchmann holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Law awarded by the University of Erfurt and a master's degree in Sustainability Economics and Management at Oldenburg University, which included aspects of energy economics and policy, sustainability management and renewable energies. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Jacobs University where he analyzed the implications of data handling in smart grids.



Since Jan. 2017

Project Group Leader for the SINTEG Project "enera - the next big step towards a sustainable world"


Since Feb. 2011

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Selected projects:

  • "Governance of Smart Grid - The Future Role of the DSO in data management", client: EWE Netz
  • "Disruptive Challenges for Incumbents in the German Energy Sector", client: CRIEPI, Tokyo.
  • “Regulatory Pathways for Smart Grid Development in China”, client: GIZ
  • “Hansa Energy Corridor – cross border cooperation for smart grids”, client: EU

Sep. 2013 – Sep. 2016

Research Associate at Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung, IFAM

Project manager, Business Administration - Training and Consulting

Selected projects:

  • "Development of a trainingcenter for electro mobility in China“, client: BMBF

  • "Integration of Electric Vehicles into rural distribution grids with high shares of renewable energies", client: BMVBS

Feb. 2010 – Aug. 2013

Research Associate at the Bremer Energie Institut

Selected projects:

  • "The institutional framework of Smart Grids in Austria", client: BMVIT, responsibility: Project Manager
  • "Application of the DIRECTIVE 2006/32/EC 'on energy end-use efficiency and energy services' in Germany", client: BAFA, responsibility: Team Member
  • “Electro Mobility and the Housing Industry”, client: Foundation of the German Housing Industry, responsibility: Team Member
  • “Assessment of the ecological potential of electric vehicles”, client: BMVBS, responsibility: Project Manager

Sep. 2009 – Oct. 2010

Research Assistant at the University of Oldenburg


  • “E2SOL: Energy2 for the City of Oldenburg”, client: City of Oldenburg/BMBF

Feb 2009 – Dec. 2009

Trainee at ecco Unternehmensberatung GmbH

Selected Project

  • “Buildings, climate protection and communication” (Gebäude, Klimaschutz und Kommunikation – GEKKO), client: BMBF/University of Oldenburg



Feb. 2014 – Oct. 2016

PhD at Jacobs University Bremen

  • Topic: "Smart Grids, the Governance of Information Management and Regulation"

Oct. 2007 – Oct. 2009

Master degree in “Sustainability Economics and Management” at Oldenburg University

  • Specialisation: Energy Economics, Renewable Energies, Sustainability Management

Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2007

Scholarship for semester abroad at Hong Kong Baptist University  

  • Specialisation: Business Administration

Oct. 2004 – Sep. 2007

Bachelor in Economics and Law at University of Erfurt

  • Specialisation: Economics, Contractual Law and Sociology


Teaching experience

Teaching at Jacobs University Bremen

  • Logistics Management for Network Industries - Disruptive Innovations (Fall 2016)
  • Guest lectures in “Integrated Environmental Studies”


Main research fields

Energy Economics

  • Market Design
  • Governance
  • Smart Grids
  • Renewable Energies





Buchmann, M. 2017,  The Need for Competition between Decentralized Governance Approaches for Data Exchange in Smart Electricity Grids - Fiscal Federalism vs. Polycentric Governance, forthcoming The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization


Buchmann, M. 2017, Information Management in Smart Grids - Who Should Govern Information Management to Balance Between Coordination and Competition on the Distribution Grid Level?, forthcoming Utilities Policy.


Buchmann, M., 2016, Integrating Stakeholders into the Governance of Data Exchange from Smart Metering, forthcoming in Competition and Regulation in Network Industries (2016), No. 2:102-122.


Buchmann, M., 2016, Information Management in Smart Grids - the need for decentralized governance approaches, Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 25, September 2016.


Brandstätt, C., Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M. and Friedrichsen, N., 2016, Balancing between competition and coordination in smart grids – a Common Information Platform (CIP), Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, Vol. 6, Nr. 1.


Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., & Meyer, R., 2016, The Rise of Third Parties and the Fall of Incumbents: The Case of Germany, The Energy Journal, Vol. 37, No. 2.


Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., and Meyer, R., 2016, New Developments in Electricity Markets Following Lage-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy, in: Finger, M. and Jaag, Chr. (editors), The Routledge Companion to Network Industries, Routledge Companions, 2016.


Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., Hattori, T. & Meyer, R., 2016, Evaluation of Strategy of Power Generation Business under Large-Scale Integration of Renewable Energy, Bremen Energy Working Papers No. 23, March 2016.


Buchmann, M., Hoerstebrock, T., Schütte, S., 2012, Integrating fleets of EVs into rural low-voltage grids with a high share of photovoltaic energy, IEEE Conference Publications: VDE-Kongress Smart Grid Intelligente Energieversorgung der Zukunft.


Brunekreeft, G., Buchmann, M., Friedrichsen, N., Brandstätt, C., forthcoming, 2013, The institutional framework of Smart Grids in Austria, in BMVIT Schriftenreihe, 2013.


Buchmann, M., Garbiel, J., Wellbrock, P., 2013, forthcoming, Assessment of CO2-emissions from Electric vehicles – state of the scientific debate, in Hülsmann, M and Fornahl, D. (Eds.): Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.


Buchmann, M., 2011, The Interdependences between Electric Vehicles and Offshore Wind Energy: An Investigation for the North-Western Region of Germany, 3rd European Conference Smart Grids & E-Mobility, OTTI, 18.10.2011, München.