IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Dr. Thomas Hoppe

Thomas Hoppe (1980) holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration specializing in Public Policy and Environmental Policy, and a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Twente. Thomas research focus is ‘Governance of Energy Transition’. Thomas held positions at CSTM as doctoral student (2005-2009) and Assistant Professor (2010-2016). Currently, Thomas holds a position as Associate Professor in the section of ‘Policy, Organisation, Law and Gaming’ (POLG) at the Multi Actor Systems department (MAS) of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at Delft University of Technology (http://www.tbm.tudelft.nl/over-faculteit/afdelingen/multi-actor-systems/sections/policy-organisation-law-gaming/).

In 2009 Thomas finished his dissertation on CO2-reduction in the existing housing sector, a policy-oriented study on ambition-setting and goal achievement. The research project was part of the VAM program (Vulnerability, Adaption and Mitigation) of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). On 10 February 2011 Thomas’ dissertation was awarded the ‘G.A. van Poelje Jaarprijs‘ (annual award for best dissertation in the in the field of Public Administration in the Netherlands and Flanders) on behalf of the Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde.

Thomas has published in several refereed academic journals (e.g., Energy Policy; Sustainability; Energy, Research and Social Science), he has contributed multiple book chapters to edited volumes, has edited multiple special issues in refereed academic journals, is reviewer at ten refereed academic journals, and has written multiple professional reports (e.g., commissioned by central government). At CSTM Thomas was coordinator of the Energy Track within the Master of Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM). He has supervised more than 60 students working on Bachelor’s and Master’s assignments. Thomas is involved as daily supervisor in six PhD projects (Mansi Jain, Houda El Mustapha, Ludger Niemann, Imke Lammers, Beau Warbroek, and Helmi Gunawan).

Thomas is co-founder and co- chair of the NIG (Netherlands Institute of Government) research colloquium on ‘Energy and Climate Governance’ (http://www.utwente.nl/nig/research/colloquia/colloquiadetails/nig-colloquium-energy-and-climate-governance/), and he is an active member of Eseia (European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance), for which he helped to organise the Eseia 2014 conference. Within the University of Twente Thomas is member of the IGS (the Institute for Innovation and Government Studies) program board, and on behalf of IGS he is the coordinator for energy research spearhead (http://www.utwente.nl/igs/research/spearheads/). He also participates in the University of Twente Green Energy Initiative, a cross-faculty institute focussing on cross-disciplinary energy research, on behalf of the Faculty BMS.

Thomas has had memberships of the NIG PhD council (chair) and Advisory Council from 2006 till 2009. Before he started his PhD-project he served a year at the Ministry of Social Housing, Spatial and Environmental Policy (voormalig Ministerie van VROM), taking an internship as part of his Master’s track (2004-2005). Thomas holds a University Teaching Qualification certificate.




Energy Transition


Public Policy


Public Administration


Environmental Policy


Climate Change Policy


Policy Networks, Governance and Innovation


Smart Grids


Smart Cities



Hoppe, T., F.H.J.M. Coenen, and M.M. van den Berg. (2016). Illustrating the use of concepts from the discipline of policy studies in energy research: an explorative literature review. Energy Research & Social Science, 21, 12-32. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.06.006.

Hoppe, T., Kuokkanen, A., Mikkilä, M., Kahiluoto, H., Kuisma, M., Arentsen, M.J., and Linnanen, L. (2016). System merits or failures? Policies for transition to sustainable P and N systems in the Netherlands and Finland. Sustainability, 8(5), 463. doi: 10.3390/su8050463.

Hoppe, T., Vegt, A. van der, P. Stegmaier. (2016). Presenting a framework to analyze local climate action in small and medium-sized cities. Sustainability, 8(9), 847. doi:10.3390/su8090847.

Mdivani, K., and T. Hoppe. (2016). Experience with LEDS and NAMA Low Carbon Strategies: The Case of Georgia. Sustainability, 8(6), 535. doi: 10.3390/su8060535.

Niemann, L., T. Hoppe, and F.H.J.M. Coenen. (2016). On the Benefits of Using Process Indicators in Local Sustainability Monitoring. Environmental Policy and Governance. Accepted.

Hoppe, T. and E.M. van Bueren. (2015). Guest editorial: Governing the Challenges of Climate Change and Energy Transition in Cities. Energy, Sustainability and Society, 5(19), 1-9. doi: 10.1186/s13705-015-0047-7.

Hoppe, T., A. Graf, B. Warbroek, I. Lammers, and I. Lepping. (2015). Local governments supporting local energy initiatives; Lessons from the best practices of Saerbeck (Germany) and Lochem (The Netherlands). Sustainability, 7(2),1900-1931. doi:10.3390/su7021900.

Viétor, B., T. Hoppe, and J. Clancy. (2015). Decentralised combined heat and power in the German Ruhr Valley; assessment of factors blocking uptake and integration. Energy,Sustainability and Society, 5(5), 1-16. doi:10.1186/s13705-015-0033-0.

Hoppe, T., M.M. van den Berg, and F.H.J.M. Coenen. (2014). Reflections on the uptake of local climate policy: facing the challenges of mitigation and adaptation. Energy, Sustainability and Society,4(8), 1-16. doi:10.1186/2192-0567-4-8.

Hoppe, T. and M.Ph.Th. Sanders. (2014). Agricultural green gas demonstration projects in the Netherlands. A stakeholder analysis. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 13(12), 3083-3096.

Faber, A. and T. Hoppe. (2013). Co-constructing a sustainable built environment in the Netherlands – Dynamics and opportunities in an environmental sectoral innovation system. Energy Policy, 52, 628-638.

Hoppe, T., H. Bressers, T. de Bruijn, and L. Franco-Garcia. (2013). Street litter reduction programs in the Netherlands: reflections on the implementation of the Dutch litter reduction program for 2007-2009; lessons from a public private partnership in environmental policy. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. 12(8), 1657-1668.

Hoppe, T. (2012). Adoption of Innovative Energy Systems in Social Housing; Lessons from eight Large-Scale Renovation Projects in the Netherlands, Energy Policy, 51, 791-801.

Hoppe, T., J.Th. A. Bressers, and K.R.D. Lulofs. (2011). Local government influence on energy conservation ambitions in existing housing sites - plucking the low-hanging Fruit. Energy Policy, 39, 916-925.

Hoppe, Thomas, and Frans Coenen. (2011). Creating an analytical framework for local sustainability performance: a Dutch Case Study. Local Environment, 16 (3), 229-250.

More publications can be found HERE



Hoppe, T., Bueren, E.M. van, Sanders, M.Ph.Th. (Eds.) (2016). Energietransitie en lokaal bestuur. Bestuurswetenschappen. Forthcoming in October 2016..

Arentsen, M.J., D. Fiedler and T. Hoppe. (Eds.). (2015). Cape Forum on Green and Smart Transitions in Cities and Regions: Technical and Governance Challenges”, Energy, Sustainability and Society, 2015, 5. Thematic series: http://www.energsustainsoc.com/series/CFCR

Hoppe, T., E.M. van Bueren (Eds.). (2014). Governing the climate challenge and energy transition in cities, Energy, Sustainability and Society. 2014, 4. Thematic series: http://www.energsustainsoc.com/series/GCCE

Hoppe, T., E.M. van Bueren, and M.Ph.Th. Sanders (Eds.). (2013). Sturingsvraagstukken rond klimaat en energie, Bestuurswetenschappen, 67(2).