B.C.C. (Bob) van der Zwaan


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    Postbus 94157, 1090 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Bob van der Zwaan is senior scientist at the Policy Studies department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Professor of Sustainable Energy Technology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna. 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, environmental economics and technological innovation. He is (co-)author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and contributor to (or editor of) a dozen books and book chapters.