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Innovation in space

In this video, Christian explains what is meant with the idea of a ‘socio-technical transition’ and why it can help to understand a shift towards a more sustainable energy system …

Spatial consequences of renewables

In this video, Christian discusses and illustrates the spatial consequences of integrating renewable energy production in the landscape. Mostly, he discusses the magnitude of the challenge that this integration poses.

Energy landscapes: the historical development

After a long era in which humans literally lived off the land as hunters and gatherers, their interaction with their environment was intensified by settling down in agricultural and later …

Why a spatial perspective matters

Our current energy system has allowed an unprecedented growth of world’s population. The wide availability of easily accessible and relatively cheap fossil fuels can even be seen as one of …

Towards renewable energy?

In this video Christian Zuidema, assistant professor of Spatial Planning, introduces the relevance of spatial planning for discussing a shift towards a more sustainable energy system. Also, he introduces the …

The waterbed effect

In many systems, components are mutually related in one way or another. A shock in one component may, therefore, affect many other components. Such mutual relatedness holds also for economies. …

The rebound effect

In this video Machiel again discusses the important relationship between the price of energy and the use of energy, which we have expressed as an elasticity, and the wide implications …

Policies influencing decisions of energy producers

Energy transition means, amongst others, that individual producers are given incentives to deviate from their privately optimal decisions regarding the portfolio of power plants. The major policy measures to influence …

Policies influencing decisions of energy consumers

Energy transition means, amongst other things, that individual consumers are given incentives to deviate from their privately optimal decisions regarding the use of energy. The policy measures to influence the …

International dimension of energy-transition policies

In this video Machiel discusses the international factors that play a role in implementing national energy transition policies. You will learn about such international relationships using the prominent example of …

Economic criteria to develop optimal policies

How can we define the optimal contents of energy transition policies? Again you need the concept of market failures to determine whether policy measures are welfare improving. In this video …