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Bob van der Zwaan

Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment


Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, SAIS Europe; Senior Scientist at the Policy Studies department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Amsterdam, and Professor of Sustainable Energy Technology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. 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). Visiting Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (Earth Institute), New York (2007-2013). 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). His research includes the fields of energy and climate change, environmental economics and technological innovation. MPhil, in economis, University of Cambridge, King's College (1997); PhD, in physics, CERN/NIKHEF, University of Nijmegen (1995); MSc, University of Utrecht (1991) and Certificate in international relations, IUHEI, University of Geneva (1994).

Publications: He is (co-)author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and contributor to (editor of) a dozen books or chapters. His most recent contributions include: "The Future of Solar Fuels: When could they become competitive?" with R.J. Detz and J.N.H. Reek, in Energy & Environmental Science (forthcoming, 2018); "Advancing Energy Access Modelling with Geographic Information System Data," with F. Dalla Longa, T. Strikkers, and T. Kober, in Environmental Modeling and Assessment (forthcoming, 2018); "Comparing future patterns of energy system change in 2 °C scenarios to expert projections," with M.A.E. van Sluisveld, M.J.H.M. Harmsen, D.P. van Vuuren, V. Bosetti, and C. Wilson, in Global Environmental Change (2018); "An Integrated Assessment of Pathways for Low-Carbon Development in Africa," with T. Kober, F. Dalla Longa, A.J. van der Laan, and G.J. Kramer, in Energy Policy (2018); "Prospects for Hydropower in Ethiopia: An Energy-Water Nexus Analysis," with A. Boccalon, and F. Dalla Longa, in Energy Strategy Reviews (2018). A complete list of publications can be found here.




  • Climate Change
  • Energy Issues
  • Environmental Issues


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