Bob van der Zwaan is a Senior Scientist at the Policy Studies department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Amsterdam and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna.
Since 2007 he has also been affiliated with 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) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IFW), 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 physics (PhD, 1991-1995, CERN/NIKHEF, University of Nijmegen; MSc, 1987-1991, University of Utrecht), international relations (Certificate, 1993-1994, IUHEI, University of Geneva) and economics (MPhil, 1995-1997, University of Cambridge, King’s College). His research includes the fields of energy and climate change, technological innovation, and science and global affairs with special focus on nuclear power, disarmament and non-proliferation. He is (co-)author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and contributor to (or editor of) a dozen books or book chapters.