Prof. Dan van der Horst, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scientist, Visiting Professort

ResearcherID: AGN-5512-2022

ORCID: 0000-0002-9454-9664

    Fields of Specialty
  • Energy geography: energy landscapes, spatio-temporal aspects of energy transitions, public acceptance of low carbon technologies (supply side and demand side), local climate action
  • Environmental geography: spatial targeting of agri-environmental policies, ecosystem services in agricultural and peri-urban landscapes


    2002 PhD in Geography (University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

    1994 Drs in Geography (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Professional career

    Since 2013: School of Geosciences, U. of Edinburgh: Reader (2016), Professor (2020)

    Since 2011: Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences: Senior Research Scientist

    2004–2013: School of Geography, University of Birmingham (UK), Lecturer, Senior Lecturer

    2003–2004: Senior Research Advisor + Head of GIS Team, Countryside Agency (UK)

    2001–2003: Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey (UK)

    1996–2000: Research Assistant, Socio-Economics Group, Macaulay Institute Aberdeen (UK)

    1995–1996: Researcher in watershed management, WNWB water utility, Breda (NL)

Selected research projects

Selected publications

  • Craig, K., Evensen, D., van Der Horst, D. (2019): How distance influences dislike: Responses to proposed fracking in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Moravian Geographical Reports, 27(2): 92–107. Doi: 10.2478/mgr-2019-0008. (IF 2019 = 2.479)
  • Frantál, B., van der Horst, D., Martinát, S., Schmitz, S., Teschner, N., Silva, L., Golobic, M., & Roth, M. (2018): Spatial targeting, synergies and scale: Exploring the criteria of smart practices for siting renewable energy projects. Energy Policy, 120, 85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.05.031 (IF 2018 = 4.880)
  • van der Horst, D., Martinát, S., Navrátil, J., Dvořák, P., & Chmielová, P. (2018): What can the location of biogas plants tell us about agricultural change? A Case Study from the Czech Republic. DETUROPE: The Central European Journal of Regional Development and Tourism, 10(1), 33-52.
  • Frantál, B., Kunc, J., Martinát, S., van der Horst, D. (2018): What money does the wind bring? Economic benefits of wind energy for local development in the Czech Republic. In V. Klímová & V. Žítek (eds.), 21st International Colloquium on Regional Sciences. Conference Proceedings. (pp. 669-676). Brno: Masaryk University. doi: 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.P210-8970-2018-88
  • Frantál, B., van der Horst, D., Kunc, J., Jaňurová, M. (2017): Landscape disruption or just a lack of economic benefits? Exploring factors behind the negative perceptions of wind turbines. Hungarian Journal of Landscape Ecology, 13(2), 139-147.

Memberships, Honorable Positions and External activities

  • Visiting “J. A. Sprock” Chair, Geography Department, University of Liege, Belgium.
  • Visiting Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College (Shanghai Jiao Tong University).
  • Contributing Author on IPCC report on renewable energy policy (2010-2011).
  • Expert advisor for the France Energie Marine (FEM) Research Programme.
  • Guest Editor of Special Issues: Energy Policy; Land Use Policy; Technology Assessment & Strategic Management; Landscape Research, Building Research Information.
  • Editorial board membership (past & current): Energy Research & Social Sciences (ERSS); Boletin de la Asociacion Espanola de Geografia; Moravian Geographical Reviews (MGR).
  • Academic Member of the Energy Consumers Commission – providing independent advice to the Scottish Government.