Research associate


IG Farben Building IG.1311
Campus Westend
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt     


I am a PhD candidate in the DFG Research Training Group “Standards of Governance”, which takes place in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt. Within the Research Training Group and my PhD, I investigate the links between monetary sovereignty or dependence with standard setting in fiscal regimes and local power struggles. Prior to this work, I completed my bachelor’s degree in political science and anthropology and attained my master’s degree in economic sociology with honours at Goethe University.

From October 2018 to April 2023, I was employed as a student assistant at the department for International Relations and International Political Economy. Initially I provided teaching support and literature research, from April 2021 onwards my focus shifted to data research in the DFG project “Financialization and State Capitalism: The Governance of Capital Markets in the BRICSS”. During my master studies, I was a lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at LMU Munich for several semesters.

Research interests

I investigate current social developments from the perspective of critical political economy, with a focus on the political economy of financial markets. I am currently primarily concerned with monetary and central bank policy, historical perspectives on dependency relations and power relations in global capitalism, sovereign debt, and the design of ‘sustainable’ financial products. I prefer to work in teams and with a combination of critical theoretical perspectives and descriptive financial data.


Winter Term 2023/2024Free University of Berlin: “Colonialism, Hereditary Racial Slavery, Patriarchal Economic
the Roots of Transatlatic Capitalism?” M.A. seminar
Winter Term 2021/2022Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich: “Feminist Political Economy. Or: More than a Side Contradiction.” B.A.
Summer Term 2021“On the Political Economy of Financial Markets. A critical
introduction” – B.A. Seminar.
Winter Term 2020/2021“From Black Gold to Climate Killer – How Normative Processes Create or
Destroy Economic Values. Political Economy and Economic Sociology of
the Green New Deal” – M.A.Seminar – Together with Prof. Dr. Bernhard


Academic Articles & Working Papers:

Fichtner, Jan; Jaspert, Robin; Petry, Johannes (2023):”Mind the ESG capital allocation gap: The role of index providers, standard-setting, and ‘green’ indices for the creation of sustainability impact.” Regulation and Governance – online first.

Fichtner, Jan; Jaspert, Robin; Petry, Johannes (2023): „Mind the ESG gaps: Transmission mechanisms and the governance of and by sustainable finance“. DIIS Working Paper.

Essays & Columns:

Jaspert, Robin (2023): “Sea Eye 4: Während Geflüchtete ertrinken, setzt Italien Rettungsschiff fest”. In: Der Freitag 25/2023.

Kaiser, Julia; Jaspert, Robin; Ferrare, Lukas (2023): “Arbeiter in Campi Bisenzio halten Fabrik besetzt: Autoachsen zu Photovoltaik“. In: Der Freitag 21/2023.

Jaspert, Robin (2023): “Staatsschulden und Kolonialismus: In Ghanas Schuld?”. In: nd-aktuell. 09. Mai 2023.

Jaspert, Robin; Kullick, Niklas (2023): “Die Verwobenen Pfade der Inflation“. In: LuXemburg-Magazin. 28. April 2022.

Jaspert, Robin (2023): “EZB-Leitzinserhöhung verringert Inflation nicht”. In: nd-aktuell. 15. März 2023.

Jaspert, Robin (2023): “Rendite durch öffentliche Gelder.“ In: nd-aktuell. 1 März 2023. 

Jaspert Robin; Graack, Nico; Wagner, Louise (2023): „Der Globale Süden muss vom Schuldendienst befreit werden“. In: Jacobin. 27. Februar 2023.

Jaspert, Robin; Graack, Nico; Wagner, Louise (2023): „Germany Had Its Debts Written Off. Today, We Should Do the Same for the Global South.” In: Jacobin US. 27 Februar 2023.

Jaspert, Robin (2023): „Los bancos centrales del Norte empujan al Sur global a la crisis“. In: Jacobin Lat. 7. Februar 2023.

Jaspert, Robin (2022): „Central Bank Capitalism is Forcing the Global South into a Debt Crisis“. In: Jacobin US & The Wire (Progressive International). 23. Dezember 2022 & 13. Januar 2023.

Jaspert, Robin (2022):„Der Zentralkapitalismus stürzt den Globalen Süden in eine Schuldenkrise. In: Jacobin. 14. November 2022.

Jaspert, Robin (2022): „Impfstoff als Investitionsobjekt“. In: Junge Welt.  24. Februar.2022. 

Reports for NGOs & Policy Briefs:

Fichtner, Jan; Jaspert, Robin; Petry, Johannes (2023): „What needs to change for green funds to be truly green”. DIIS Policy Brief.

Jaspert, Robin (2021): „Dividenden und Kurzarbeit in Deutschland. Der Staat springt ein – Shareholder profitieren?“. (Für Facing Finance)

Jaspert, Robin (2021): „Koloniale Kontinuität und Ungleichheit. Die Auswirkungen eines asymmetrischen Finanzsystems auf den Globalen Süden während Covid-19“.  (Für Facing Finance)

Jaspert, Robin (2020): „Green Fake: ESG Investments während Covid-19“. (Für Facing Finance)

Jaspert, Robin (2020): „We are the Bomb – Opake Finanzströme und unwissentliche Beteiligung an Nuklearer Rüstung“. In: Ethik und Militär 1 (2020).

Media appearances::

Interview in Jungen Welt: „Missbrauch von Staatshilfe“. Dax-Konzerne kassieren Geld von der Regierung und schütten es an Aktionäre aus. Ein Gespräch mit Robin Jaspert

Publication of report leads Antrag im Bundestag: Covered by Handelsblatt.