Dr. D.J. (Daniel) Scholten


Dr. Daniel Scholten is assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines, guest lecturer at the geopolitics of energy and the environment course, University of Stavanger, and topic editor at the international peer-reviewed open access journal Sustainability. In 2018, he was part of the expert panel of the high-level IRENA global commission on the geopolitics of energy transformation. He also is a member of the education committee of the ‘Technische Bestuurskunde’ bachelor.

Dr. Scholten specializes in the geopolitics of renewable energy and energy security (policy). Secondary interests involve the governance of renewable energy systems, transitions to sustainability, and energy scenarios. His research and teaching combine engineering insights with (institutional) economics, political science, and international relations in order to identify, interpret, and address societal implications of the transition to renewable energy. Occasionally, he also writes on European integration. He has published in such journals as Energy Policy, Energy Strategy Reviews, Energy, Energies, Energy Research and Social Science, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Technical Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Common Market Studies, Sustainability, European Review, and Journal of International Affairs. His recent activities include the editorship of a new handbook on the geopolitics of the energy transition (EE), the development of a dedicated online simulation game on the topic, and four research avenues: 1) a theory of energy geopolitics, 2) the stability of energy relations in an increasingly renewable world, 3) the divergent energy paths among EU member states, and 4) the facilitation of a smooth global energy transition.

In the past, Dr. Scholten was a visiting scholar at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security of King’s College London, an affiliated research fellow at the Energy Program Asia of the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, and a lecturer of International Political Economy at Webster University Leiden. He also was the managing editor of the international journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries. He defended his dissertation on the organization of future energy systems at the TU Delft in 2012 and holds degrees in Political Science (Radboud University, 2003) and International and European Relations (University of Amsterdam, 2006, with distinction).

Dr. Scholten currently teaches the following courses:

  • Sociotechnology of future energy systems
  • Economics (and regulation) of infrastructures
  • Governance of socio-technical systems
  • Micro-economics

Guest lectures:

  • The geopolitics of renewables
  • Political economy of energy
  • Van de Graaf, T., I. Overland, D. Scholten and K. Westphal. 2020. “The New Oil? The Geopolitics and International Governance of Hydrogen”, Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 70, 101667.
  • Scholten, D., M. Bazilian, I. Overland and K. Westphal 2020. “The Geopolitics of Renewables: New Board, New Game”, Energy Policy, Vol. 138, 111059.
  • Vakulchuk, R., I. Overland and D. Scholten 2020. “Renewable Energy and Geopolitics: Literature Review”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 122, 109547.
  • Mata Pérez, M.E., D. Scholten and K. Smith Stegen 2019. “The Multi-Speed Energy Transition in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for EU Energy Security”, Energy Strategy Reviews, Vol. 26, 100415.
  • IRENA 2019. A New World - The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation. Report by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. Abu Dhabi: IRENA.
  • Scholten, D. (ed.) 2018. The Geopolitics of Renewables. Cham: Springer Nature.
  • Scholten, D. and R. Künneke 2016. “Towards the Comprehensive Design of Energy Infrastructures”, Sustainability, Vol. 8, No. 12, 1-24.  
  • Scholten, D. and R. Bosman 2016. “The Geopolitics of Renewables; Exploring the Political Implications of Renewable Energy Systems”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 103, 273-283.

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Daniel Scholten

Assistant Professor

Values, Technology and Innovation

Economics of Technology and Innovation

Suzanne Kamp

Research interests:
The geopolitics of renewable energy
Energy security (policy)
The governance of renewable energy systems
Transitions to sustainability
Energy scenarios
EU integration