Thijs van de Graaf is an Associate Professor of International Politics at the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies, Ghent University, Belgium. His research covers the intersection of energy security, climate policy and international politics.
Thijs van de Graaf is also a fellow with the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). In 2011, he was a visiting scholar at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
His latest book, Global Energy Politics, was published by Polity in April 2020. In addition, he also is the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (Palgrave, 2016), Rising Powers and Multilateral Institutions (Palgrave, 2015), author of The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance (Palgrave, 2013) and co-author of Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World (Ashgate, 2010).
Thijs is a contributing author to the 2020 Production Gap Report, produced by four leading research organizations in collaboration with UNEP. He served as the lead author for the IRENA report Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor (2022) and lead writer for the report A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation (2019) from the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation. In 2016, Thijs was a member of the Atlantic Council Task Force on the Reform of the Global Energy Architecture. From 2009 to 2011, he was a member of the S.T. Lee Study Group on Global Energy Governance led by Ann Florini and Navroz Dubash.
In addition, 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), Humanities and Social Science Communications (Palgrave), and Sustainability (MDPI).