Harry Van Der Weijde

Harry Van Der Weijde, FHEA

DR, Prof

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Highly qualified candidates with funding or plans to obtain funding should get in touch with a short research proposal around the economics of transitions and/or system innovation in energy systems, with a quantitative focus but willingness to combine these with qualitative processes.

Personal profile

My research in a nutshell

I am an applied transdisciplinary economist , trying to find ways to achieve disruptive innovation in complex systems. I combine a background in economics and techno-economic modelling of energy and transport systems (including mathematical tools such as optimisation and complementarity modelling) with experience in delivering advice to decision makers in business and government, and a strong interest in the process of complex systems innovation. 

Research Interests

  • Systems innovation
  • Decision making under uncertainty, particularly in energy and transport markets
  • Economics of transitions
  • Deriving actionable insights from models

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Practice, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 5 Jul 2019

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Spatial economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jan 2015

Master of Science, Economics, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal arts & sciences, University College Roosevelt

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

External positions

Senior Scientist, TNO

1 Jan 2022 → …

EnCN Fellow, Energie Campus Nürnberg

2019 → …

Schoeller Fellow, FAU, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute

1 Oct 201731 Dec 2021

Associate Researcher, Univ Cambridge, Judge Business Sch, Elect Policy Res Grp


  • HB Economic Theory
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


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