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Bob van der Zwaan

Bob van der Zwaan

Adjunct Professor


Adjunct Professor, SAIS Europe; Principle Scientist at the Energy Transition department of TNO in the Netherlands, and Professor of Sustainable Energy Technology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. From 2007 to 2013 he was visiting senior research scientist at Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (Earth Institute) in New York. He is co-director of the International Energy Workshop (IEW), member of the Council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and lead author for Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 4th and 5th Assessment Reports). He held several visiting professorships, most recently at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, 2010) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IFW, 2008), and held research positions at Harvard University (Cambridge, 2002-2005), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1999-2001), Stanford University (Paolo Alto, 1999-2000), the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI, Paris, 1997-1999) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva, 1992-1995). He was trained in economics (MPhil, 1995-1997, University of Cambridge, King’s College), physics (PhD, 1991-1995, CERN/NIKHEF, University of Nijmegen; MSc, 1987-1991, University of Utrecht) and international relations (Certificate, 1993-1994, IUHEI, University of Geneva). His research includes the fields of energy and climate change, integrated assessment modelling, environmental economics, and technological innovation. He is (co-)author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific articles (4300 citations, h-index=38), and contributor to about a dozen books.

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  • Climate Change
  • Energy Technologies
  • Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Nuclear Power
  • Public Policy


  • Fluent:
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Basic:
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the News

Opera: a new high-resolution energy system model for Sector Integration Research.

Bob van der Zwaan wrote in Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 01/13