Bob van der Zwaan

Bob van der Zwaan, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resouces and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment

SAIS Europe


  • Energy Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Climate Change
  • Dutch

Background and Education

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: "Offshore CCS and Ocean Acidification: A Global Long-Term Probabilistic Cost-Benefit Analysis of Climate Change Mitigation," with R. Gerlagh, in Climatic Change, 137 (2016); "Climate Mitigation in Latin America: implications for energy and land use: Preface to the Special Issue on the findings of the CLIMACAP-LAMP project," with K. Calvin and L. Clarke (eds), in Energy Economics (vol. 56, 2016); "Energy Technology Roll-Out for Climate Change Mitigation: A Multi-Model Study for Latin America," with T. Kober, S. Calderon, L. Clarke, K. Daenzer, A. Kitous, M. Labriet, A.F.P. Lucena, C. Octaviano, N. Di Sbroiavacca in Energy Economics (vol. 56, 2016); "Long-Term Abatement Potential and Current Policy Trajectories in Latin American Countries," with L. Clarke, J. McFarland, C. Octaviano, B. van Ruijven, R. Beach, K. Daenzer, S. Herreras Martínez, A.F.P. Lucena, A. Kitous, M. Labriet, A. Loboguerrero Rodriguez, A. Mundra, in Energy Economics (vol. 56, 2016); "Energy Independence and Climate Change Mitigation," with J. Jewell, V. Vinichenko, D. McCollum, N. Bauer, K. Riahi, T. Aboumahboub, O. Fricko, M. Harmsen, T. Kober, V. Krey, G. Marangoni, M. Tavoni, D.P. van Vuuren, A. Cherp, in Nature Energy (vol. 1, 2016); "A Multi-Model Study of Energy Supply Investments in Latin America under Climate Control Policy Energy Economics," with T. Kober, J. Falzon, K. Calvin, A. Kanudia, A. Kitous, M. Labriet, in Energy Economics (vol. 56, 2016); Veysey, J., Octaviano, C., Calvin, K., Herreras Martinez, S., Kitous, A., McFarland, J., & van der Zwaan, B. (2016). "Pathways to Mexico’s climate change mitigation targets: a multi-model analysis," with J. Veysey, C. Octaviano, K. Calvin, S. Herreras Martinez, A. Kitous, J. McFarland, in Energy Economics (vol. 56, 2016).

2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
This class prov...
This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the technology, economics, and politics of energy use. It investigates specific technologies and discusses their impact on geopolitics the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change. The course seeks to address these questions, among others: What is the role of energy in national security? What is the future of oil? What role can nuclear power serve for the next century? Do wind and solar power have the potential to supplant other energy sources? What will climate change mean for our energy mix? How do developing countries view energy differently? What is the proper balance of regulation and free market operation in energy markets? What new technologies are on the horizon, and how promising are they? (ERE)
June 3, 2015 
Bob van der Zwa...

Bob van der Zwaan, Adjunct Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, participated in a conference at the International Renewable Energy Agency entitled "34th edition of the International Energy Workshop ."