Nuclear Engineering & Facility Safety

Ryan Kelly


Special Expertise

Research Focus and Areas:

  • Socio-technical transformation, acceptance and participation research
  • Nuclear waste governance and repository research
  • European environmental, energy and infrastructure law
  • Regulatory and social technology assessments
  • Sustainable spatial and urban development policies
  • Transdisciplinary sustainability science and innovation research

Selected Publications (in German):

  • Akzeptanzfähigkeit der digitalisierten Energiewende nach dem Messstellenbetriebsgesetz, in: Zeitschrift für Europäisches Umwelt- und Planungsrecht (EurUP), Jg. 16 (2018), Heft 4, S. 449-467
  • Das intelligente Energiesystem der Zukunft, 2020 (doi, ISBN)
  • Energieleitungsausbau auf der infrastrukturrechtlichen Überholspur – „NABEG 2.0“: ohne Tempolimit zum Stromautobahnnetz der Energie (zusammen mit K. Schmidt), in: Archiv des öffentlichen Rechts (AöR), Jg. 144 (2019), S. 577-654
  • (R)Evolution des Infrastrukturrechts in der Verkehrswege- und Energieleitungsplanung (zusammen mit K. Schmidt), in: Verwaltungsarchiv (VerwArch), Jg. 112 (2021), S. 98-131 (Teil 1) und S. 235-277 (Teil 2)
  • Klausurtraining Umweltrecht (zusammen mit D. Winkler/K. Schmidt/M. Zeccola), 2021 (doi, ISBN)
  • Kommentierung von §§ 2, 12f, 12g, 43h, 43k und 45a EnWG, in: L. Assmann/M. Peiffer (Hrsg.), Beck’scher Online-Kommentar zum EnWG (BeckOK EnWG), 2021 i.E. (zusammen mit D. Winkler)

Key Projects

  • Kopernikus joint project ENavi: "Energy transition navigation system for detecting, analysing and simulating systemic interconnections", WP4: " Law, regulation and governance" and WP11: "Multicriteria evaluation catalogue for roadmaps and scenarios", BMBF (until 2019)
  • Expert and scientific consultant (session 9) for the subject area "Energy" in the German Citizens' Assembly on Climate (2021)
  • Challenges and success factors in cross-border public participation in the site selection procedure (HErüber) - Head: S. Schütte and M. Mbah
  • Kopernikus joint project ENSURE II: "New power grid structures for the energy transition", TP 1, AP 1.3 - Head: C. Timpe
  • Joint project: Platform tdAcademy for Transdisciplinary Research and Studies. Sub-project 4: New formats - Head: B. Brohmann

Professional Training and Career

  • Studied Social Sciences, B.A. (Empirical Political Sciences and Sociology) with a focus on transformation, environmental and technology research at the University of Stuttgart, graduated with distinction (2013-2017).
  • Worked as a tutor and research assistant at the Department of Empirical Social Research (University of Stuttgart) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) (2015-2018)
  • Scholarship holder and alumni of the German National Academic Foundation (since 2016)
  • Studied Planning and Participation, M.Sc. with a focus on Public Law and Transdisciplinary Planning Sciences at the University of Stuttgart, graduating with distinction (2017-2019)
  • Research assistant and doctoral student at the Department of Public Law at the Institute of Economics and Law (IVR) at the University of Stuttgart, with an ongoing doctoral project towards a Dr. rer. pol.-degree (2019-2021)
  • At the Oeko-Institut e.V. since July 2021

Language Skills

  • English


Ryan Kelly