Prof. Dr. Stefan Wurster


Policy Analysis

Academic Career and Research Areas

Stefan Wurster (b. 1980) researches policy analysis in areas closely linked to sustainability, such as education, research, innovation, environmental policy, and energy policy. His specific research interests include the comparison of democracies and autocracies as well as the governance of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) or biotechnology. 

Wurster studied political science, history, and public law in Heidelberg and Barcelona. In 2010 he was awarded a Ph.D. with distinction (summa cum laude). From 2009 to 2015, he was a research associate at Heidelberg University. In 2010 he commenced a postdoctoral research project on “Sustainability and Regime Type”, successfully completing the interim evaluation in 2013. From 2012 to 2015, he coordinated a doctoral study program on the “Performance of Politics in Autocratic and Democratic Regimes”, and from 2015 to 2016, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Trier. Since 2016 he has been a professor of policy analysis at TUM’s Munich School of Politics and Public Policy.


  • TUM Certificate of Excellence in Teaching (2024)

König, PD, Wurster, S, Siewert, MB: “Sustainability challenges of artificial intelligence and Citizens' regulatory preferences”. Government Information Quarterly. 2023; 40(4): 101863.


Djeffal C, Siewert MB, Wurster S: “Role of the state and responsibility in governing artificial intelligence: a comparative analysis of AI strategies”. Journal of European Public Policy. 2022; 29(11): 1–23.


Wurster S, Hagemann C: “Two ways to success - Expansion of renewable energies in comparison between Germany's federal states”. Energy Policy. 2018; 119: 610-619.


Wurster S: „Comparing ecological sustainability in autocracies and democracies”. Contemporary Politics. 2013; 19(1): 76-93.


Wurster S: Zukunftsvorsorge in Deutschland - Ein Vergleich der Bildungs-, Forschungs-, Umwelt-, und Energiepolitik. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2010.