IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Dr. Maarten J. Arentsen, Associate Professor

Dr. Maarten J. Arentsen

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Maarten J. Arentsen (1954) holds a Master’s degree in political science specializing in scientific methodology and political modernization from Nijmegen University and a Ph.D. (Public Administration) from the University of Twente. In 1985 he joined the Policy Science section of the Faculty of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Twente and specialized in policy evaluation research. From 1985 to 1991 he conducted several policy impact evaluations, including one on the impact of the Dutch Chemical Substances Act on research and development in the chemical industry and on the impact of environmental regulation on the environmental strategies of industrial corporations. In 1988 he was one of the founding members of CSTM and became one of the senior research associates of the institute.

In 1991 he chaired the energy section of CSTM and now develops, conducts, supervises, and coordinates research projects on energy policy, energy market reform, and (green) energy innovation, with a special focus on technological and institutional change. Between 1995 and 2004 he was vice-director of CSTM. He publishes in national and international books and journals and teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.




(Green) energy policies


Technology and innovation (policies)


Deregulation of energy markets




Evolutionary oriented institutional and technological change


Sustainable development in energy supply



Maarten J.Arentsen, (2009), Contested Technology: Nuclear Power in the Netherlands, in Lutz Mez, Mycle Schneider & Steve Thomas, International Perspectives on Energy Policy and the Role of Nuclear Power, Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd, Essex, UK

Arentsen, M. M., W. v. Rossum, et al. (eds) (2010) Governance of Innovation. Firms, Clusters and Institutions in a Changing Setting. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Arentsen, M. J. (2011). Trends in gas. International Handbook of Network Industries. The Liberalization of Infrastructures. M. Finger and R. W. Künneke. Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar: 179-197. ISBN 9781847206428

Evren Özcan, Maarten Arentsen, (2014), Nonconformity of policy ambitions with biomass potentials in regional bioenergy transition: A Dutch example, Energy Policy, 65 212–222.

Maarten Arentsen, Sandra Bellekom, (2014), Energy, Sustainability and Society 2014, 4:2.

More publications can be found HERE