K.J. (Kees) van der Wel MSc

PhD Candidate
Sustainable Energy Supply Systems

"What are smart local energy systems being developed for? And who has to do what to deliver on the promises?"


Kees is a PhD candidate at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He investigates which public values are at stake in the development of smart local energy systems. He also studies how public values can be safeguarded in the governance of smart local energy systems. Kees is particularly interested in the question of how justice can be safeguarded.


Research focus: Public values, Smart local energy systems, Governance, Energy justice


Kees is involved in the research project Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) City Platform. In this research project, Kees collaborates with companies, governments and civil society organizations to develop a local, smart and fair energy system in Amsterdam Southeast.