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Thijs Van de Graaf is an Assistant Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University, Belgium. He completed his PhD in political science at Ghent University (2012). His research covers international energy politics, global governance, and international institutions.

From 2009 to 2011, Thijs was a member of the S.T. Lee Study Group on Global Energy Governance led by Ann Florini and Navroz Dubash. In April-May 2011, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Selected publications

  • Van de Graaf, T. (2013). The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van de Graaf, T. (2013). “Fragmentation in global energy governance: explaining the creation of IRENA,” Global Environmental Politics, 13(3), 14-33.
  • Van de Graaf, T. (2012). “Obsolete or Resurgent? The International Energy Agency in a Changing Global Landscape,” Energy Policy, 48: 233-241.
  • Colgan, J., Keohane, R.O., Van de Graaf, T. (2012). “Punctuated equilibrium in the energy regime complex,” Review of International Organizations, 7(2): 117-143.
  • Van de Graaf, T., Westphal, K. (2011). “The G8 and G20 as global steering committees for energy: opportunities and constraints,” Global Policy, 2(S1): 19-30.
  • Lesage, D., Van de Graaf, T., Westphal, K. (2010). Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Van de Graaf, T., Lesage, D. (2009). “The International Energy Agency after 35 years: Reform needs and institutional adaptability,” Review of International Organizations, 4(3): 293–317.

Ghent Institute for International Studies
Department of Political Science, Ghent University
Universiteitstraat 8
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0) 9 264 68 74
Fax: +32 (0) 9 264 69 91
Email: thijs.vandegraaf[at]
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