Prof. dr. Thijs Van de Graaf

Prof. dr. Thijs Van de Graaf

Credits: Eduard Delputte

I am an Associate Professor of international politics at the Department of Political Sciences at Ghent University, where I also co-coordinate the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES).

I’m also a non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute, Colorado School of Mines, and with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University. At Ghent University, I currently teach three courses: ‘Introduction to World Politics’, ‘Current Issues in World Politics’, and ‘Global Energy Politics’. My research focuses on the intersection of energy security, climate policy and international politics. I’m the co-author of ‘Global Energy Politics’ (Polity, 2020) and I was the lead drafter of the report ‘A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation’, commissioned by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Previously, in 2011, I was a visiting scholar at Princeton University.


GIES research areas


  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Current Questions in International Politics
  • Global Energy Politics