Interdisciplinary research center in the Baltic Sea region

As a partner of the IFZO, IKEM researchers analyze legal and socio-political aspects of the energy transition in the Baltic Sea region.

Aerial view of a wind turbine in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Source:


The IKEM is a partner of the Interdisciplinary Research Center Baltic Sea Region (IFZO) at the University of Greifswald through its director Prof. Dr. Michael Rodi and research assistant Dr. Michael Kalis.

IFZO researches cooperation and conflict in the Baltic Sea region and focuses on answering central social, (security) political and economic questions about the challenges of the present. The Baltic Sea region is currently one of the most integrated maritime cultural areas in the world. Since 1989, however, the political and social upheavals have presented the region with challenges to which it has responded with both “integration” and “demarcation”. Against this background, the research projects of IFZO are looking for common solutions in the areas of ecology, digital innovations, energy and security.

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Michael Rodi, IKEM conducts research in IFZO’s energy research area. The studies cover a legal and socio-political perspective on the energy transition in the Baltic Sea region. Specifically, the aim is to develop strategies to overcome the fragmented energy and climate policy on a regional and global level.

On June 14, 2022, the IFZO was constituted as an institute of the University of Greifswald. Representatives from almost all faculties of the university were elected to the board. As an interdisciplinary research center, the IFZO will bundle all research on and in the Baltic Sea Region. Researchers of the IKEM are represented in the Cluster Energy and investigate the energy transition in the Baltic Sea region.


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Prof Dr Michael RodiQuelle: IKEM/Jule Halsinger

Interdisciplinary Research Center Baltic Sea Region – Research Area Energy

Principal: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project partner: Universität Greifswald

Duration: 02/2019–