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Dr Thomas Fröhlich is a political scientist who is interested in “how things get done” in international politics. His work focuses on the geopolitical implications of the global energy transition.

Thomas holds a Master's degree in Political Science, European Law and Latin American Studies from the University of Munich. He completed his PhD at the KCL Brazil Institute on the topic of Brazil’s ethanol diplomacy under Presidents Lula and Dilma. Within this context he applied a neoclassical realist framework to Brazil’s foreign policy making and integrated soft power in this analysis.

Prior to starting his doctoral studies, he worked as a political consultant in Berlin and kept doing so on a freelance basis throughout the PhD. Thomas continues this work to support political campaigns and to bring academic evidence into the political discussion.


Research Interests

  • Geopolitics of climate change mitigation,
  • Energy security and access to strategic commodities in the context of the European Green Deal,
  • Foreign policy and regional integration in Latin America,
  • Political risk analysis and strategic foresight,
  • Soft Power and diplomacy,
  • Neoclassical Realism in International Relations theory

Thomas’ research analyzes different types of power and how they fit into International Relations theory. This ranges from soft power on a more conceptual level to security of strategic commodities in pragmatic terms. One of the aims of his research is to inform policy making about risks, in particular in the context of global decarbonization efforts. His regional expertise lies in the European Union and Latin America.