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Chair of Operations Management
Prof. Dr. Grit Walther

Dr. Philipp Trotter

 Dr. Philipp Trotter
 Working at the Institute since March 2020
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 Room: 143
 Kackertstr. 7
 52072 Aachen

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Scientific expertise / Research focus

  • Energy for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa - Sample questions: How can the 600 million people in Africa without electricity access be electrified as quickly and sustainably as possible? What role do companies, politics and international donors in general play in Africa's current and future development?
  • Business model innovation for sustainability transitions in developing countries
  • Supply Chain Management and design in developing countries
  • Energy systems analyses and integration of renewable energy sources



  • A list of published articles in scientific journals can be accessed here.
  • Blog Posts on sustainable cold chains in Uganda (here), external financing of African energy systems (here), solar energy in Uganda (here).




Scientific Awards

  • In late 2020, Philipp Trotter has been admitted to the "Junges Kolleg" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts (press release). Through the "Junges Kolleg", the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts supports outstanding young scientists and artists from all disciplines. Members of the "Junges Kolleg" receive an annual research grant of 10,000 euros for a period of up to four years. In addition, the fellows have the opportunity to discuss their projects in interdisciplinary working groups and to present themselves and their work to the members of the Academy. Further information can be found on the homepage of the "Junges Kolleg" (German).
  • GRAFSI 2020 Best Paper Prize, Springorum Denkmünze, LSE Comparative Politics Prize, Stipenden von Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, DAAD und EPSRC (UK)



  • Since September 2018 postdoc at the University of Oxford (see profile here), since spring 2020 in parallel postdoc at the Chair of Operations Management at RWTH Aachen University
  • Doctorate in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Bath
  • MSc in Politics of the Developing World, London School of Economics (Distinction and Comparative Politics Prize for Class-best Results)
  • Consultant at McKinsey & Co working in the energy and manufactoring sectors in China, South Africa, the US and Germany.
  • Diplom Industrial Engineering, RWTH Aachen (Springorum Denkmünze Award), research stays abroad at the UC Berkeley and the Carnegie Mellon University