Ghent University

Ghent University was established in 1817 and has 11 faculties, which offer high quality and research-based educational programmes in almost every scientific discipline.
It is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Currently there are about 9,000 staff members and over 41,000 students. More than 11% of the student population is international.
The University’s credo is ‘Dare to Think’: critical and independent brains study, carry out research and work at Ghent University.

Claire Dupont

Claire Dupont is Assistant Professor of European and International Governance in the Department of Public Governance and Management at Ghent University. Her research is focused on assessing the EU’s climate and energy policies, in the context of international climate objectives and internal policy coherence. She received her PhD in 2013, and has published her research with Routledge, Palgrave and in international journals including West European Politics, International Spectator, European Integration online Papers, and Journal of Contemporary European Research. She has been serving as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency since 2017. More.

Thijs Van de Graaf

Thijs Van de Graaf is Assistant Professor of International Politics at Ghent University, Belgium. He is 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.

He teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy politics, international relations and global governance. His recent books include The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (Palgrave, 2016), Rising Powers and Multilateral Institutions (Palgrave, 2015), The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance (Palgrave, 2013), and Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World (Ashgate/Routledge, 2010).

Thijs Van de Graaf is a member of the editorial board of Energy Research & Social Science (Elsevier), International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (Springer) and Palgrave Communications (Palgrave/Nature Publishing Group).

In 2011, he was a visiting scholar at Princeton University, where he worked under the auspices of Professor Robert O. Keohane. Thijs Van de Graaf is currently the lead researcher of the international Research Network on Fragmentation and Complexity in Global Governance (, and a member of the Secretariat with the IRENA Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation ( More.