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Research interests

I am studying the organization and regulation of energy markets. Several questions are addressed:

  • Which regulatory instruments are necessary to obtain a sustainable energy system? How can we organize the market such that we will use the optimal mix of renewable and conventional technologies
  • Do energy firms have market power? If abuse of market power is a problem, which steps can the government take to reduce market power? Are standard competition policy rules sufficient or should we rely on sector-specific regulation?
  • Will a healthy and competitive energy sector deliver a secure energy supply system? What is the role of the government?


Professional experience
  • Associate professor, Tilburg University (2010- )
  • Assistant professor, Tilburg University (2008-2010)
  • Postdoc, Tilburg University (2006-2008)
  • Jean Monnet Fellow, Florence School of Regulation (2006)
  • Postdoc, KUleuven, (2004-2005)
  • Postdoc, University of California Energy Institute, Berkeley (2004)
  • Researcher, KULeuven (2000-2003)
  • Teaching Assistant Mechanical Engineering, KULeuven (1998-1999)

Academic visits

  • Florence University, 2018
  • Toulouse University, 2014
  • Research Institute for Industrial Economics, IFN Stockholm, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Cambridge University, 2010
  • TU-Dresden, 2006

PhD supervision

PhD supervision

Peerawat Samranchit (with Eric van Damme)
Chayanin Wipusanawan (with Florian Schuett)
Bastian Henze (with Charles Noussair), 2016

Doctoral examination committee

Xingang Wen, Tilburg, 2017
Ali Motavasseli, Tilburg 2016
Richard Meade, Toulouse, 2014
Romeo Langestraat, Tilburg University, 2013
Matthias Laffont, Toulouse, 2013
Joris Morbee, K.U.Leuven, 2011
Jasper Frunt, T.U.Eindhoven, 2011
Gerd Küpper, K.U.Leuven, 2010
Eckart Ehlers, Tilburg University, 2009
Paul Nillesen, Tilburg University, 2008

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, KU Leuven

Award Date: 14 Jan 2004

Economics, Master’s Degree, Advanced Studies: Master of Science in Economics, KU Leuven

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

Economics, Master’s Degree, KU Leuven

Award Date: 8 Jul 1999

Mechanical engineering, Master’s Degree, KU Leuven

Award Date: 3 Jul 1998

Mechanical engineering, Bachelor’s Degree

Award Date: 23 Jun 1995

External positions

Professor (UCLouvain)

1 Sept 2023 → …

Contributing to Academic Policy Reports (CERRE Think tank)

13 Sept 2018 → …

Discussion on issues in energy policy (IDEI)

1 Mar 2017 → …

Vice president of non-profit research (Benelux Association for Energy Economics, Int. non-profit)

8 Jan 2012 → …


  • Industrial Organization
  • Game Theory
  • Energy Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Competition
  • Network Industries
  • Regulation


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