In this episode, Dr. Daniel Scholten delves into the fascinating world of geopolitics in the context of the energy transition. Discover the key geopolitical expectations, security implications, and the role of energy diplomacy in shaping our global energy landscape. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with Dr. Scholten, as we explore the critical research areas and emerging trends in the geopolitics of energy transition.


  • Significance of Geopolitics in Energy Transition
  • Key Geopolitical Expectations in the Energy Transition
  • Identifying the Most Critical Research Area
  • Geopolitical Ramifications for Fossil Fuel Exporting Nations during Energy Transition
  • Prospects for Global Renewable Energy Corporations
  • Geopolitical Dynamics in the Arctic Region
  • Securing Critical Rare Materials for Energy Transition
  • International Organizations and Governance in Energy Transition
  • Role of Energy Diplomacy
  • Geopolitical Cooperation in Energy Transition
  • Security Implications of Energy Transition
  • Research Trends and Methodologies in Geopolitics of Energy Transition

Daniel Scholten

Daniel Scholten is visiting assistant professor at the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He specializes in the geopolitics of the energy transition whilst having a broader interest in the governance of sustainability.

Dr Scholten aims to contribute to a smooth energy transition, both domestically and globally, through fundamental and actionable knowledge. In the past, he was strategic advisor energy and sustainability at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (and energy regulator), assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, and member of the expert panel of the IRENA global commission on the geopolitics of energy transformation.

His educational background combines degrees in political science (Radboud University) and international & European relations (University of Amsterdam, with distinction) with a PhD on the economic organization of future energy systems (Delft University of Technology).

Selected Publications:
Scholten, D. (ed.) 2023. Handbook on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transition. Edward Elgar.

Van de Graaf, T., I. Overland, D. Scholten and K. Westphal 2020. “The New Oil? The Geopolitics and International Governance of Hydrogen”, Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 70, 101667.

Vakulchuk, R., I. Overland and D. Scholten 2020. “Renewable Energy and Geopolitics: Literature Review”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 122, 109547.

Scholten, D., M. Bazilian, I. Overland and K. Westphal 2020. “The Geopolitics of Renewables: New Board, New Game”, Energy Policy, Vol. 138, 111059.

IRENA 2019. A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation. Report by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. Abu Dhabi: IRENA.

Scholten, D. (ed.) 2018. The Geopolitics of Renewables. Cham: Springer Nature.

Scholten, D. and R. Bosman 2016. “The Geopolitics of Renewables; Exploring the Political Implications of Renewable Energy Systems”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 103, 273-283.

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