Van de Graaf, Thijs

Professorial Fellow
Biographical Statement 

Professor Dr. Thijs Van de Graaf is a part-time Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS.

He is also an Associate Professor of International Politics at Ghent University where he obtained his PhD in 2012. He is also a non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines, and the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Previously, in 2011, he was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, where he worked under the auspices of Professor Robert O. Keohane.

Thijs Van de Graaf teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy politics and international relations. His current work focuses in particular on the geopolitics and international governance of the energy transformation and decarbonisation. His most recent books include Global Energy Politics (Polity, 2020) and The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (Palgrave, 2016). In 2018-2019, he served as the lead author of the report ‘A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation’, commissioned by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Thijs Van de Graaf is a member of the editorial boards of Energy Research & Social Science (Elsevier), International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (Springer) and Humanities & Social Science Communications (Palgrave/Nature Publishing Group). He has been an invited speaker to Princeton University (US), the Balsillie School (Waterloo), National University of Singapore, Korea Development Institute (Seoul), Shanghai Institute for International Studies (Shanghai), and Warwick Business School (UK), among others.