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prof.dr. T. Hoppe (Thomas)

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About Me

Thomas Hoppe (1980) is Professor of Sustainability of Rural-Urban Systems (i.e., ‘Rurban Governance) in the Department of Technology, Policy and Management (TPS), Section of Governance & Technology for Sustainability (CSTM).’ His research line is on governing complex (multi-actor, multi-sector, multi-level) sustainability transitions in regional settings characterized by both rural and urban contexts, and the interplay between them. Within this line Thomas has a special focus on governance of sustainable energy transitions.

Thomas earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration specializing in Public Policy and Environmental Policy at the University of Twente. From 2005 till 2009 Thomas worked on his doctoral study at CSTM on CO2 reduction in the existing housing sector, using a policy implementation perspective. For this work Thomas was awarded the ‘G.A. van Poelje Jaarprijs‘ in 2011 (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’. After obtaining his PhD Thomas worked at Assistant Professor at CSTM until 2015. Between 2016 and 2024 he worked as Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology, at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.

Thomas has memberships of the NIG (Netherlands Institute of Governance), ECPR, IPPA and STRN. Thomas is co-founder and co- chair of the NIG research colloquium on ‘Energy and Climate Governance’. He is in the Editorial Board of Energy, Sustainability and Society (ISSN: 2192-0567).

Thomas is currently involved in six PhD projects as a promoter. He also supervises two postdoctoral researchers. Thomas has successfully supervised six other PhDs. He has been involved in numerous externally funded research projects, including NWO, EU Horizon (2020), EU Interreg, national, provincial, and local government. Recurring research topics include governing sustainability transitions, energy transitions, climate mitigation policy, circular economy policy, community energy, local and regional government responding to complex sustainability challenges, and scaling sustainable energy innovations.

Thomas holds a University Teaching Qualification certificate( UTQ). He teaches transition, innovation and governance, public administration, and master thesis preparation. He has supervised more than 200 students working on either Bachelor’s and Master’s assignments.

Ancillary Activities

  • Springer Nature
    Editorial Board member / Associate Editor

Research

Thomas Hoppe's research line is on governing complex (multi-actor, multi-sector, multi-level) sustainability transitions in regional settings characterized by both rural and urban contexts, and the interplay between them. Within this line Thomas has a special focus on governance of sustainable energy transitions.

Thomas is currently involved in six PhD projects as a promoter. He also supervises two postdoctoral researchers. Thomas has successfully supervised six other PhDs. He has been involved in numerous externally funded research projects, including NWO, EU Horizon (2020), EU Interreg, national, provincial, and local government. Recurring research topics include governing sustainability transitions, energy transitions, climate mitigation policy, circular economy policy, community energy, local and regional government responding to complex sustainability challenges, and scaling sustainable energy innovations. 

Thomas has memberships of the NIG (Netherlands Institute of Governance), ECPR, IPPA and STRN. Thomas is co-founder and co- chair of the NIG research colloquium on ‘Energy and Climate Governance’. He is in the Editorial Board of Energy, Sustainability and Society (ISSN: 2192-0567).

Publications

Recent
Coenen, F. H. J. M. , & Hoppe, T. (2021). Conclusion. In F. H. J. M. Coenen, & T. Hoppe (Eds.), Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe (pp. 257-284). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84440-0_11
Hoppe, T. , & Coenen, F. H. J. M. (2021). Energy Communities Promoting Home Energy Savings: Interventions, Theory and Results. In F. H. J. M. Coenen, & T. Hoppe (Eds.), Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe (pp. 179-204). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84440-0_8
Coenen, F. H. J. M. , & Hoppe, T. (2021). Introduction. In F. H. J. M. Coenen, & T. Hoppe (Eds.), Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe (pp. 1-22). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84440-0_1
Hoppe, T. , & Warbroek, B. W. D. (2021). Agency of citizen collectives in sustainable transitions: The case of renewable energy cooperatives in Europe. In S. Teerikangas, T. Onkila, K. Koistinen, & M. Mäkelä (Eds.), Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency (pp. 180-196). Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789906035
Other Contributions

Hoppe, T., Graf, A., Warbroek, B., Lammers, I., & Lepping, I. (2015). Local governments supporting local energy initiatives: Lessons from the best practices of Saerbeck (Germany) and Lochem (The Netherlands). Sustainability7(2), 1900-1931.

Hoppe, T., & De Vries, G. (2018). Social innovation and the energy transition. Sustainability11(1), 141.

Norouzi, F., Hoppe, T., Kamp, L. M., Manktelow, C., & Bauer, P. (2023). Diagnosis of the implementation of smart grid innovation in The Netherlands and corrective actions. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews175, 113185.

Norouzi, F., Hoppe, T., Elizondo, L. R., & Bauer, P. (2022). A review of socio-technical barriers to Smart Microgrid development. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews167, 112674.

Itten, A., Sherry-Brennan, F., Hoppe, T., Sundaram, A., & Devine-Wright, P. (2021). Co-creation as a social process for unlocking sustainable heating transitions in Europe. Energy Research & Social Science74, 101956.

Hoppe, T., Coenen, F., & van den Berg, M. (2016). Illustrating the use of concepts from the discipline of policy studies in energy research: An explorative literature review. Energy research & social science21, 12-32.

Coenen, F. H., & Hoppe, T. (Eds.). (2022). Renewable energy communities and the low carbon energy transition in Europe. Springer Nature.

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 1260
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  1260
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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