Dr. Frank Umbach

Dr. Frank Umbach

Head of Research European European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS)

Head of research of the European Cluster for Energy and
Resource Security (EUCERS)/ CASSIS, University of Bonn.


Mail: FraUmbach@AOL.COM
   Office: +49-(0)2645/97.67.04
   Mobil: +49-(0)173/934.91.89
Twitter: @CASSIS_Bonn


Dr. Frank Umbach is research director of the European Cluster for Climate, Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS).

For a detailed CV, please click here.

Research focus

Climate security | Energy security | Resource security



  • Frank Umbach, "What if Russia Cuts Off Gas to Europe? Three Scenarios", Geopolitical Intelligence Service (GIS), 14 February 2022, 9 pp. Link.


  • Frank Umbach, "Strengthening Energy Security and Building Resilience in the Asia–Pacific”, Studie im Auftrag des United Nations - Economic and Social Committee in Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Bangkok 2021, 150 pp. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, "ASEAN’s Energy Transition: Risks and Opportunities”, Geopolitical Intelligence Service (GIS), 11 August 2021, 6 pp. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Chinas Energie- und Klimapolitik. Außenpolitische Klimaschutzrhetorik versus energiepolitische Realitäten” („China’s Energy and Climate Policies. Foreign Policy Rhetoric of Climate Protection versus Energy Policy Realities“), Europäische Sicherheit & Technik (ES&T), August 2021, pp. 25-29. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Die türkische Energiesicherheit und ihre Energieaußenpolitik am Scheideweg“ („Turkish Energy Security and its Energy Foreign Policy at a Crossroads“), in: Ulrich Schlie (Ed.), “Großmacht Türkei? Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme“ („Turkey – a Great Power? A Critical Review“), Europäisches Institut für Terrorismusbekämpfung und Konfliktprävention (EICTP), Vienna 2021, pp. 73-112. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Neuausrichtung der US-Energie- und Klimapolitik der Biden-Administration“ („Realign­ment of the US-Energy and Climate Policy of the Biden-Administration“), Europäische Sicherheit&Technik (ES&T), No. 6, June 2021, pp. 32-35. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Geopolitical Dimensions of the EU’s Future Supply of Critical Raw Materials”, Euractive (Brussels), 1 June 2021. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Russia Places its Hopes on Fossil Fuels”, Geopolitical Intelligence Service (GIS), 30 March 2021, 7pp. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Geopolitische Herausforderungen der Dekarbonisierung für die Energiesicherheit“ (Geopolitical Challenges of the Decarbonisation for Energy Security“), in: Markus Ferber (Hrsg.), “Weltwandel. Neuausrichtung der internationalen Beziehungen“ (Global Change. Realignment of International Relations“), Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Lau-Verlag, Reinbek 2021, pp. 215-229.
  • Frank Umbach, “Strengthening Energy Security and Building Resilience in the Asia–Pacific”, United Nations-Economic and Social Committee in Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Bangkok 2021, 150 pp. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Cooperation Is better than Lawsuits”, in: Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Polish newspaper), 12 April 2021, p. A13 (in Polish).
  • Frank Umbach, “Critical Raw Materials: Assessing EU Vulnerabilities”, Geopolitical Intelligence Service (GIS), 30 March 2021.
  • Frank Umbach, “Strategic Forecasts – Challenges, Complexities, and Personal Experiences”, in: Emilia Bruder et al. (Ed.), ‘International Security Forum Bonn. A Time out of Joint – New Realities, new Ideas. 1-5 December 2020’, CASSIS, University of Bonn, April 2021, pp. 121-126.
  • Frank Umbach, “New Opportunities 2021: Energy Megatrends and the Challenges of Decarbonization”, Geopolitical Intelligence Service (GIS), 5 March 2021.  
  • Frank Umbach (zs. mit MdB Joachim Pfeiffer), “Künftiger Energieträger Wasserstoff. Geraten wir in neue Abhängigkeiten?“ (“Future Energy Carrier: Do We Will Fall back in new Depen­den­cies?“), in: Europäische Sicherheit&Technik (ES&T), March 2021, pp. 33-37.
  • Frank Umbach, ”Coal Phase-out in Central Europe: Cooperation Is Better than Law Suits”, Energypost.eu, 26.2.2021. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Nicht Erdöl und Erdgas, sondern Rohstoffe wie Kobalt, Wolfram oder Lithium prägen die Geopolitik“ (Not Oil and Natural Gas, but Raw Materials like Cobalt, Tungsten or Lithium Will Shape Geopolitics“), Neue Züricher Zeitung (NZZ), 25.2.2021. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, "The EU should Maintain the Energy Charter Treaty”, Euractiv.com, 16 February 2021. Link.
  • Frank Umbach, “Australia’s Green Energy Potential Could Boost its Geopolitical Significance”, Geopo­litical Intelligence Service (GIS), 9 February 2021 (https://www.gisreportsonline.com/australias-green-energy-potential-could-boost-its-geopolitical-significance,energy,3430.html).
  • Frank Umbach (zs. mit MdB Joachim Pfeiffer), “Nach dem Brexit. Energiepolitische Kooperationen mit den Visegrad-Staaten“ (“After the Bexit. Energy Policy Cooperationen with the Visegrad-States“), Die Politische Meinung (hrsg. von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), No. 566, January-February 20021, pp. 99-103.
  • Frank Umbach,“The Energy Charter Treaty Makes the Transition Easier. Don’t Scrap It, Reform It”, Energy Post, 12 January 2021, 9pp. Link.

An overview of the complete publications can be found here.
An overview of the lectures, speeches and interviews given can be found here.

Research projects


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