Portrait of Daniel Scholten
Visiting Assistant Professor
139 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Areas of Expertise
Climate change, economic policy, energy and environment, international relations, sustainable development, energy geopolitics, governance


    Daniel Scholten, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor in the science, technology, and environmental policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is also a research associate at Clingendael's EU & Global Affairs Unit, the Netherlands, and guest lecturer at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

    Dr. Scholten specializes in the geopolitics of the energy transition with a broader interest in the governance of sustainability. He aims to contribute to a smooth energy transition, both domestically and globally, through fundamental and actionable knowledge. His current research activities include the editorship of an Edward Elgar handbook on the geopolitics of the energy transition, developing a theory of energy geopolitics, and investigating practical governance solutions for sustainability transformations.

    Scholten is teaching climate change policy and economics of environmental policy, and is developing a course and online simulation game on the geopolitics and governance of the energy transition.

    Previously, he was senior strategic advisor for energy and sustainability at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (and energy regulator), assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, member of the expert panel of the IRENA global commission on the geopolitics of energy transformation, and non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines.

    His educational background combines degrees in political science and international and European relations with a PhD on the economic organization of future energy systems. 


    PhD (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2012)

    Executive Master of International and European Relations (University of Amsterdam, 2006)

    Master of Political Science (Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2003)

    Bachelor of Political Science (Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2002)