Science

I'm an assistant professor at the Energy and Industry Section, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. My research interests are simulation modeling, in particular agent-based modeling, serious gaming, data analysis, transition management, and life cycle analysis.

Research interests

My research interests include energy systems, agent-based modelling, serious gaming, systems analysis. My dissertation was on Simulating Energy Transitions. Download my CV. Click here for an overview of my publications. A copy of any publication is available on request. Find my works and citations of them in Google Scholar.

Teaching

For a complete overview of my teaching activities, see my CV.
I am module manager of and teacher in the Introduction to energy and industry systems course, which is published in TU Delft's open courseware, which means it is open for anyone. The digital webreader is also publicly accessible, through Eduweb.

Work experience

Feb 2013 – Present
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Energy and Industry Group
Assistant Professor

Dec 2012 – Present
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal, Germany
Future Energy and Mobility Structures
Senior Research Fellow

Jan 2012 – Nov 2012
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal, Germany
Future Energy and Mobility Structures
Visiting Researcher

Feb 2011 – Jan 2013
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Energy and Industry Group
Postdoc

Feb 2007 – Jan 2011
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Energy and Industry Group
PhD Researcher

Feb 2006 – Nov 2006
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Graduation Project as part of M.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Carbon Dioxide Emission Trade Impact on Power Generation Portfolio – Agent-based Modelling to Elucidate Influences of Emission Trading on Investments in Dutch Electricity Generation

Feb 2004 – May 2004
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Internship as part of B.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Research on the transport of hydrogen; conceptual and quantitative analysis to compare the use of different transport modalities for transporting hydrogen

Jan 2004 – Jun 2004
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Graduation Project as part of B.Sc. degree in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Transition to a hydrogen economy, a model for hydrogen acceptation, quantitative causal analysis of factors that influence social acceptance of hydrogen as a major energy carrier in society

Oct 2002 – Dec 2006
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Student Assistant for the Energy and Industry Group and for the courses
- spm3520: Policy, Economics and Law for Energy, Water and Industry,
- spm1510: Introduction to Energy, Water and Industry,
- spm1110: Introduction to Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
Activities included production and maintenance of course sheets, creation and correction of written exams, writing lecture notes, the selection of literature for readers, master and produce websites.

Education

Sep 2004 – Nov 2006
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Master of Science in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
(Energy Track)

Sep 2001 – Aug 2004
Delft University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management
(Energy and Industry Track)

1995 – 2001
Oranje Nassau College Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
Pre-university education (V.W.O.)
Final exams in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Economics, Dutch, English and German

PhD Thesis Simulating Energy Transitions

PhD Thesis: Simulating Energy Transitions.

Have you ever wanted to know whether a CO2 tax outperforms the EU emissions trading scheme? Or how long it really takes markets to change and to let consumers choose differently? In this book, Emile Chappin explores simulation models to provide us with answers before policy interventions are implemented and shows that, by developing agent-based models, we can simulate energy transition.

Learn about a new framework that enables us to model energy infrastructure systems as complex socio-technical systems, which evolve as a result of distributed decision making by actors in the system. See how running agent-based models let the system structure and dynamics emerge from the interactions between actors and technologies. Understand how actors, who decide on operation and investment, are responsive to policy interventions, market rules, and technological development. Find out from simulations of the electricity production sector, the LNG market, and consumer lighting that interventions in these energy systems do alter their evolution – they invoke structural, systemic change: transition.

This thesis thus demonstrates that agent-based models yield a powerful tool for governments and companies: they allow them to assess the long-term effect of their policies and strategies in our complex, interconnected world.