Drs. Dan VAN DER HORST, PhD.
Fields of Speciality: Environmental geography, natural
- Doctorandus in Physical & Environmental Geography,
University of Utrecht, 1994
- PhD in Geography, Aberdeen University, 2002
- Dan Van der Horst is an environmental social scientist with
a track record in interdisciplinary research. His expertise lies
in natural resource management, focusing especially on
sustainable (multi-functional) land use policy and the social
aspects of renewable energy technologies. He has experience in
the role of research outside academia, and has worked in
environmental consultancy, in the water industry, and in
government. To date, Dan has (co-)authored 40 publications, his
work has been cited >150 times and he has been supervising 8 PhD
students (2 completed).
- Since 2011 visiting professor at the Czech Academy of
- 2009-2011 Research Committee member of the UK Energy
Research Centre (UKERC)
Contributing Author on forthcoming IPCC report on renewable
- Expert reviewer of research proposals for the EU (FP-7,
IEE and ESF) and for UK (ESRC, NERC, EPSRC), Swiss,
Portuguese, Canadian and Netherlands research councils.
- 2016-2018 "Exploring social-spatial diffusion of renewable energy
projects in the Czech Republic: lessons for adaptive governance of energy
transition" (Czech Science Foundation No. 16-04483S) – principal investigator
- 2005 “Public Engagement in Energy Mapping”. Funded
by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). Co-investigator.
- 2006-2007 “Inventory of socio-economic data relevant for
ecosystem-based approaches”. Funded by the UK Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Co-investigator.
- 2007 “Landscapes of Energies”: International workshop
sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF).
- 2007-2009 “Insights from pioneers in renewable energy
(INSPIRE)”: Interdisciplinary Early Career Research
Fellowship, providing buy-out from teaching for 2 years.
Funded by ESRC, EPSRC & NERC. Principal investigator.
- 2009-2012 “Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems,
Equity and Vulnerability” (InCluESEV), funded by EPSRC/ESRC.
Convenor of WP on built environment & design for energy
- 2010 “Energyscapes and Ecosystem Services”. Developing a
method to assess the impact of land based renewables on the
provision of ecosystem services. Funded by NERC.
- 2010-2012 “Seanergy” Best practice in marine spatial
planning for renewables. Funded by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE).
- 2011-2013 “Bridging knowledge systems for pro-poor
management of ecosystem services”. Funded under the ESPA
programme (ecosystem services for poverty alleviation; NERC/ESRC/DfiD).
- Dvořák, P., Martinát, S., Van der Horst, D., Frantál, B., Turečková, K. (2017). Renewable energy investment and job creation; a cross-sectoral assessment for the Czech Republic with reference to EU benchmarks. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 69 (March), 360–368. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.11.158 (IF: 6.798; Q1 in Energy & Fuels)
- Martinát, S., Navrátil, J., Dvořák, P. Van der Horst, D., Klusáček, P., Kunc, J., Frantál, B. (2016). Where AD plants wildly grow: The spatio-temporal diffusion of agricultural biogas production in the Czech Republic. Renewable Energy, 95, 85-97. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.03.077 (IF: 3.404; Q2 in Energy & Fuels)
- Frantál, B., Pasqualetti, M., & Van der Horst, D. (2014). New trends and challenges for energy geographies: Introduction to the Special Issue. Moravian Geographical Reports, 22(2), 2–6. doi:10.2478/mgr-2014-0006. (IF: 0.872; Q3 in Geography)
- Van der Horst D. and Vermeylen S. (2011). Spatial
scale and social impacts of biofuel production. Biomass and
- Van der Horst D. (2011) Adoption of payments for ecosystem
services: an application of the Hägerstrand model. Applied
Geography. 31(2), 668-676.
- Van der Horst D. and Evans J. (2010). Carbon claims and
energy landscapes: Exploring the political ecology of Biomass.
Landscape Research 35(2), 173 – 193.
- Van der Horst D. and Vermeylen S. (2010). Wind theft,
spatial planning and international relations. Review of Energy
Law and Policy 1, 17-24.
- Van der Horst D. and Toke D. (2010) Exploring the
landscape of wind farm developments; local area
characteristics and planning process outcomes in rural
England. Land Use Policy 27, 214–221.
- Van der Horst D. (2008). Social enterprise and renewable
energy: emerging initiatives and communities of practice.
Social Enterprise Journal 4(3), 171-185.
- Van der Horst D. (2007). Assessing the efficiency gains of
improved spatial targeting of policy interventions; the
example of an agri-environmental scheme. Journal of
Environmental Management 85, 1076-1087.
- Van der Horst D. (2007). NIMBY or not? Exploring the
relevance of location and the politics of voiced opinions in
renewable energy siting controversies. Energy Policy, 35,
- Van der Horst D. (2006) Spatial cost-benefit thinking in
multi-functional forestry; towards a framework for spatial
targeting of policy interventions. Ecological Economics 59,
- Van der Horst D. (2005). UK biomass energy since 1990; the
mismatch between project types and policy objectives. Energy
Policy 33(5), 705-716