About the Centre for Energy Research

The Centre for Energy Research is a research unit within the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainable Law.


The unit aims at developing a scientific, multidisciplinary basis for the regulation of the energy system on the long term. Research focuses on the transition towards a sustainable energy supply. Our activities connect to Utrecht University's strategic themes Sustainability and Institutions for Open Societies.

The Centre examines the energy system to fulfil its primary function: the supply of heat, light and power to end users, in short and long term. Thus, the Centre chooses an independent position in relation to many actors in the energy sector.


The Centre for Energy Research was established on January 1st 2010 by Prof Simone Pront. Until July 1st 2017 the Centre was attached to the Faculty of Law of Amsterdam University. In 2017 a few research projects in progress will be finalised under responsibility of Amsterdam University.

Staff and contact

The Centre is directed by Prof Marleen van Rijswick. Learn more about our team of researchers.

For more information, please contact us.