Gippner, Olivia

Dr Olivia Gippner  


Position held

Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow on EU-East Asia Relations


Experience keywords:

Chinese climate policy; EU-Asia relations; European foreign and security policy; decentralised energy systems; energy security; international climate negotiations; non-traditional security threats; regional integration; renewable energy

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Olivia Gippner is a Dahrendorf postdoctoral fellow on EU-East Asia relations at LSE IDEAS. She holds a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies for which she researched EU-China climate relations and Chinese policy-making and bureaucratic structures. She is currently working on a book on Chinese climate policy under the present and previous leadership, tracing the interplay of domestic constraints and international influence. Olivia pursued a Master in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a Bachelor in European Studies from the University of Malta. From 2011-2014 she worked as a research fellow at the NFG-Research Group on “Asian Perceptions of the EU” in Berlin, analysing Chinese participation in peacekeeping missions and EU-China security relations. Olivia has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and Asia and besides her academic research has been working and publishing as a policy analyst on Nepal’s energy crisis in Kathmandu from 2010-2011 and as a free lance consultant for private companies, NGOs and international organisations. She has published in academic and policy outlets and regularly presents her research at academic conferences and expert briefings.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Asia; China; Europe; Germany; Nepal


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7489



Gippner, Olivia and Schmelcher, Susanne and Gabriel, Johannes (2017) Three Scenarios for EU-China Relations 2025 Futures. ISSN 0016-3287

Gippner, Olivia and Torney, Diarmuid (2017) Shifting policy priorities in EU-China energy relations: Implications for Chinese energy investments in Europe Energy Policy, 101. 649-658. ISSN 0301-4215

Brown, Scott A.W and Cooper, Robert and Falkner, Robert and Gaspers, Jan and Gippner, Olivia and Henökl, Thomas and Lang, Bertram and Mohan, Garima and Murray, Philomena and Reiterer, Michael and Stumbaum, May-Britt U. and Torney, Diarmuid and Wong, Reuben and Yeo, Lay Hwee and Yu, Jie (2016) Changing waters: towards a new EU Asia strategy IDEAS reports - special reports, Gippner, Olivia, ed LSE IDEAS, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Gippner, Olivia (2016) From climate change to mediation: should the EU be a strategic actor in Asia-Pacific? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (17 Jun 2016) Blog entry

Gippner, Olivia (2016) The 2°c target - a European norm enters the international stage: following the process to adoption in China International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 6 (1). 49-65. ISSN 1567-9764

Gippner, Olivia (2016) Antipiracy and unusual coalitions in the Indian Ocean region: China’s changing role and confidence building with India Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. ISSN 0341-6631 (In Press)


Gippner, Olivia (2015) China and the EU: taking stock of their climate change partnership ahead of Paris 2015 EU-China Observer, 4. ISSN 2506-8415

Gippner, Olivia and Mohan, Garima (2015) Women in United Nations peacekeeping: Holding up half the sky? Africa at LSE (28 May 2015) Blog entry

Gippner, Olivia and Mohan, Garima (2015) Women in United Nations peacekeeping: holding up half the Sky? South Asia @ LSE (27 May 2015) blog

Gippner, Olivia (2015) Paris climate conference at the end of week one: taking stock LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (8 Dec 2015) Blog entry

Gippner, Olivia (2015) Chinese and Indian approaches to United Nations peacekeeping: a theoretical appraisal of contribution patterns and decision-making structures Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, 7 (1). 83-111. ISSN 1948-9137


Gippner, Olivia and Li, Danning (2014) Coping with flood risks and climate change in China. Brainstorming roundtable on sharing European flood management experiences and lessons learned NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU", Berlin.

Gippner, Olivia (2014) Framing it right: China-EU relations and patterns of interaction on climate change Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, 2 (1). ISSN 2345-7481

Gippner, Olivia (2013) Climate change and least developed countries: a Himalayan perspective E-International Relations.

Gippner, Olivia and Dhakal, Saroj and Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2013) Microhydro electrification and climate change adaptation in Nepal: socioeconomic lessons from the Rural EnergyDevelopment Program (REDP) Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 18 (4). 407-427. ISSN 1381-2386

Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Dhakal, Saroj and Gippner, Olivia and Bambawale, Malavika Jain (2013) Peeling the energy pickle: expert perceptions on overcoming Nepal’s electricity crisis South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36 (4). 496-519. ISSN 0085-6401

Mohan, Garima and Gippner, Olivia (2013) Theoretical approaches to understanding China and India in peacekeeping operations NFG Working Paper Series, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU", Berlin.


Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Dhakal, Saroj and Bambawale, Malavika Jain and Gippner, Olivia (2011) Rural energy development on the 'roof of the world': lessons from microhydro electrification in Nepal Energy Governance Case Study, 7.

Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Bambawale, Malavika Jain and Gippner, Olivia and Dhakal, Saroj (2011) Electrification in the Mountain Kingdom: the implications of the Nepal Power Development Project (NPDP) Energy for Sustainable Development, 15 (3). 254-265. ISSN 0973-0826

Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Dhakal, Saroj and Gippner, Olivia and Bambawale, Malavika Jain (2011) Halting hydro: a review of the socio-technical barriers to hydroelectric power plants in Nepal Energy, 36 (5). 3468-3476. ISSN 0360-5442

Gippner, Olivia and Dhakal, Saroj and Sovacool, Benjamin K. (2011) Energy-efficient municipal heating: preliminary lessons from Beijing, Kathmandu and Edinburgh International Journal of Ambient Energy, 32 (3). 146-160. ISSN 0143-0750


Gippner, Olivia (2010) Energy cooperation in South Asia Trade Insight, 6 (3-4). 35-37.

Gippner, Olivia (2010) Energy cooperation in South Asia: prospects and challenges South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTREE), Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN 978-9937-8504-0-7

Gippner, Olivia (2010) Germany’s dilemma on Turkey in the European Union: how German politics impact the future of Turkey's EU membership bid LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN 9783843365673

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