Fields of Speciality: Environmental geography, natural resource management


  • 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).

professional career

  • Since 2011 visiting professor at the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2009-2011 Research Committee member of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
    Contributing Author on forthcoming IPCC report on renewable energy policy
  • 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.

research projects

  • 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). Co-applicant.
  • 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 resilience.
  • 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. Co-investigator.
  • 2010-2012 “Seanergy” Best practice in marine spatial planning for renewables. Funded by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). Co-investigator.
  • 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). Co-Investigator

selected publications

  • 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 Bioenergy http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.11.029
  • 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, 2705-2714.
  • 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, 171-180.
  • Van der Horst D. (2005). UK biomass energy since 1990; the mismatch between project types and policy objectives. Energy Policy 33(5), 705-716