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Future of energy

At the IAS we bring together researchers from the social and behavioural sciences, economics and business, law and political science, as well as natural sciences, working on the multi-dimensional aspects of the energy transition and energy conversion to explore a collaborative and integrated approach.


Policy makers on all levels of governance are confronted with the complex challenge of designing effective and responsible interventions, for which they need to integrate insights from many disciplines. The combination of multiple interventions should lead to the desired outcome on the overall system level.

At the IAS, researchers from many different disciplines are brought together to explore an integrated system's approach towards assessing and implementing the energy transition. Key questions to be addressed are: how can the energy transition be realised as fast as possible, taking into account the many boundary conditions that apply as well as aspects related to society, economy and ecology?

How can lessons from the past be used to design successful policies and instruments for the future? How can science work together with society to find an optimal transition path?

Seminar series

The UvA Future of Energy network organises monthly seminars. The programme of each seminar consists of two presentations on the energy transition, coming from different academic fields, followed by general discussions that are relevant for the UvA Future of Energy network.

In the event calendar you can find all upcoming events. In the seminar archive you can find all presentations of past events. 

Scientific Lead

Prof. dr. B. (Bob) van der Zwaan

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

UvA Researchers

Prof. dr. ir. W. (Willem) Bouten

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Prof. dr. J. (John) Grin

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Prof. F. (Frenk) van Harreveld

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group Social Psychology

Prof. dr. J.E.M. (Ans) Kolk

Faculty of Economics and Business

Section Strategy & International Business

Prof. dr. W.C. (Wim) Sinke

Faculty of Science

Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut

Dr Y.A. (Yael) Artzy-Randrup

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

C. (Christoph) Becker

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

External Faculty Member

Keywan Riahi

Director of the Energy Programme of The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Visiting Professor, at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Austria.