Rolf Wüstenhagen

Rolf Wüstenhagen

Rolf Wüstenhagen

Prof. Dr.

Ordentlicher Professor für Management Erneuerbarer Energien

Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St. Gallen

Management erneuerbarer Energien

Klimawandel und Wirtschaft

Entscheidungsverhalten von Energie-Investoren und -Konsumenten unter Unsicherheit

Weitere Forschungsgebiete

Gesellschaftliche Akzeptanz erneuerbare Energien

Affektive Einflüsse auf klimarelevante Entscheidungen

Der Preis des politischen Risikos


Venture Capital


Visiting Scholar, Tel Aviv University

Visiting Scholar, National University Singapore

Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School

Visiting Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada).

Visiting Lecturer, Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)

Energy Analyst / Investment Manager, SAM Sustainable Asset Management / SAM Private Equity

Research Associate, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy.


Academic Director, Master’s Certificate in “Managing Climate Solutions” (MaCS-HSG), since 2020.

Academic Director, Executive Education Programme (CAS) in “Renewable Energy Management” (REM-HSG), since 2010.

“SIGMA Global Virtual Course: Managing the SDGs”, University of St. Gallen/WU Vienna/ESADE Barcelona/Singapore Management University/Hitotsubashi University Tokyo/Copenhagen Business School/Université Paris-Dauphine, since 2018.

“Social Acceptance of Climate Solutions in a Polarized World”, University of St. Gallen, PhD Programme in International Affairs and Governance (DIA; since 2020)

“Clean Energy Investment & Finance”, University of St. Gallen, Master in Banking & Finance, since 2016.

“Clean Energy Marketing”, University of St. Gallen, Master in Marketing Management, since 2013.

“Workshop: Responsibility”, University of St. Gallen, Contextual Studies (with Thomas Beschorner, since 2019)

Co-Founder and Faculty Coordinator "Model UNFCCC: CEMS Climate Change Strategy Role Play", CEMS Master of International Management (MIM), University of St. Gallen/ESADE Barcelona/Universität Köln/Warsaw School of Economics/Corvinus University Budapest/Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University/Stockholm School of Economics/Aalto University/NHH Norwegian School of Economics, 2009-2021.

“Sustainability and Corporate Strategy: Meeting the Energy and Climate Challenges”, CEMS MIM, University of St. Gallen (2011-2020).


“SWEET EDGE -  Enabling Decentralized renewable GEneration in the Swiss cities, midlands, and the Alps”, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (2021-2027)

“Multi-sectoral approaches to innovative skills training for renewable energy and social acceptance (MISTRAL)”, European Commission, Horizon 2020 ITN (2019-2022).

“Applying nudging techniques to promote fuel efficient car purchases”, Swiss Federal Office of Energy, EWG (2017-2021).

“Representations of renewable energy and associated infrastructures in the advertisements of energy companies in Portugal and Switzerland”, CIS-IUL (Centro de Investigação e de Intervenção Social) 2020-2021.

“E-LAND (Integrated multi-vector management system for energy islands)”, European Commission, Horizon 2020 ITN (2018-2022).


Advisory Board of the Swiss Federal Government’s Energy Strategy 2050 (2011-2015)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Lead Author Team Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2008-2011)

Eidgenössische Energieforschungskommission (CORE) (2004-2010), Schweiz.

Kerngruppe Nachhaltige Energieversorgung der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz (2007-2009).

CEMS Faculty Group "Business and the Environment" (2004-2021).


Best Teaching Award, CEMS Course “Climate Change Strategy Role Play”, University of St. Gallen, Spring Term 2020; Spring Term 2021.

CEMS Outstanding Contribution Award for the course CEMS Model UNFCCC (with R. Sarda, M.-O. Bettzüge, S. Pogutz, A. Zsoka, C. Spash, V. Asara, S. Kennedy, M. Cygler, Ö. Sjöberg, J. Bocklet, N. Dällenbach, 2019).

#thinklist: Recognized as one of the world’s 20 most influential faculty thinkers on issues of responsible business in social media (1Q2018).

Best Poster Award, Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER Mobility) Annual Conference 2017, ETH Zurich (with M. Kubli and M. Loock).

Runner Up, ONE NBS Research Impact on Practice Award, Academy of Management (with S. Heinzle) (2013)

Finalist, PRME Leaders+20 Competition, for the CEMS Climate Change Strategy Course and Role Play (2012)

Most Read Article (last 5 years) in Energy Policy: "Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Innovation" (with M. Wolsink and M.-J. Bürer, 2011)

Finalist, Emerald Best International Symposium Award 2009, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, for the symposium “Innovation, Markets & Sustainable Energy” (with A. Russo et al.)

Winner of the Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award 2000, for the research project “Green Electricity – perspectives for sustainable use of hydropower” (with B. Truffer et al., EAWAG)

Winner, Orienteering Meeting Venezia (M45), 2018   

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