About Us

Aims, Objectives and Resources

Our Mission

How in a technologically advanced society are average people to earn a living? For more than two decades, the Kelso Institute has provided a forum in San Francisco to seek an answer to this question. Today, with automation and robotisation gaining pace and in the light of the climate crisis we are confronted with ever more pressing challenges inextricably linked with this query. Pivotal in this context are the energy and digital twin transitions, the trajectory to a climate neutral circular society but also the future of democracy in the age of the internet. To reply to these challenges we need fresh minds, creative ideas and awareness among – above all – young people yet in their education. 

In this light it is the endeavour of the Kelso Institute Europe to facilitate both a sustainable Energy Transition including Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewables, and to further broaden Employee Financial Participation. The work program, therefore, lie on questions of ownership and privatisation, insolvency and restructuring, digitisation and ICT, and financial crises and their impact on the Welfare State. 

Inauguration of the New Premises

Opening address by Patricia Hetter Kelso

read by Dr Lowitzsch as Mrs. Kelso was unable to travel

Introduction of Mrs. Kelso by Dr Jens Lowitzsch 

Research Areas

The KIE employs a multinational team networking all over the globe. We combine the disciplines of law, engineering, behavioural economics, and econometrics, including perspectives of psychology and philosophy. Our operations are organised in three research areas with one respective coordinator each:

A picture of Monika Bucha, lead of the research area Legal Affairs & Energy Law

Monika Bucha, LL.M. / B.Sc.

Legal Affairs & Energy Law

A picture of Riccardo Novo, lead of the research area Renewable Energy & Engineering

Riccardo Novo, Ph.D.

Renewable Energy & Engineering

A picture of Lucas Roth, lead of the research area Renewable Energy & Engineering

Lucas Roth, M.Sc.

Energy Economics and Quantitative Research

Max Mustermann



Max Mustermann



Max Mustermann



Max Mustermann



Patricia and Louis Kelso Fellowships

The Patricia and Louis Kelso Fellowships are awarded to outstanding scholars studying topics of the energy transition, consumer and employee financial participation, sustainability or the development of a “circular society” in Europe and worldwide. 

Research Fellows are global scholars that are invited to become part of the Institute’s ongoing research and academic conferences because of their scholarship and experience. Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral scholars, or visiting professors in the areas of law, philosophy, renewables/engineering, business/economics, history, political science, psychology, public policy, or sociology may apply. There is no stipend associated with the fellowship but we offer in house accommodation and a travel / subsistence reimbursement.

As we give a preference to supporting junior scholars we expressly encourage young people to apply. The expectation is that they stay 1-3 months as a researcher in residence at the KIE in Berlin, Germany and cooperate in joint publications and research activities with its staff.

Deadlines are usually 1 March and 1 November each year.

Next call: 1 March 2024

Applicants must submit the following information in writing by the deadline for applications for the fellowships:

A statement of no more than 1,500 words describing their proposed research project including its current status and broader significance;

A curriculum vitae;

Three letters of reference (included in sealed envelopes or submitted separately by email to contact(at)kelso-institute-europe.de);

A preliminary budget if the request includes covering travel expenses. 


Search Committee, Patricia and Louis Kelso Fellowships
Kelso Institute Europe
Kreuzberg Strasse 76, 10965 Berlin, Germany

Advisory Board

John D. Menke, member of the advisory board

John Menke, Chair

President/Founder, Menke & Associates Inc., the leading ESOP advisor in the US.

Patricia Hetter Kelso, member of the advisory board

Patricia Kelso

President of the Kelso Institute for the Study of Economic Systems in San Francisco, California, USA.

David Morris, member of the advisory board

David Morris †

Global Wealth Allocation Limited, London, UK

Herwig Roggemann, member of the advisory board

Prof Dr iur. Herwig Roggemann

Professor Emeritus of comparative Law, Free University Berlin, Institute for East European Studies.

Klaus Hermann, member of the advisory board

Klaus Hermann, Treasurer

Strategy Mentor and Angel Investor in Technology Startups, Warsaw, PL.

A picture of Prof. mr. dr. Reijer Passchier

Prof. mr. dr. Reijer Passchier

Dpt of Public Law, Transformative effects of Globalisation and Law, Open Universiteit of the Netherlands

Our Office

Located in the charming district of Kreuzberg the premises of the Kelso Institute Europe at Berlin are bordering Victoria Park and Bergmann Strasse, a popular and lively area with many individual shops, bars, and restaurants.

The office of the Kelso Institute Europe from outside

You can contact us any time and we will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible

The Gender Equality Plan

Gender equality is a fundamental value of European Union and is one of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Gender equality in research and learning ensures that Research and Innovation system supports democratic and equal society. For this reason Gender Equality Plan (GEP) has been created for Kelso Institute Europe.