Affiliate Researchers

 Thomas Bauwens


Thomas Bauwens, affiliated researcher


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Affiliated researcher


Short biography 

Thomas Bauwens is an economist specialized in social and environmental sustainability issues. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, where he leads research and teaches on circular economy, community enterprises and sustainability transitions. Before joining the Copernicus Institute, he was a researcher at Oxford University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He holds a PhD in Economics from HEC Management School, University of Liege, Belgium, and a MSc in Economics from the Economic School of Louvain, University of Louvain, Belgium.


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Social Enterprise


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 Publications in relation to project 

  • Bauwens, T.,Vaskelainen, T., Frenken, K. (2022). “Conceptualising institutional complexity in the upscaling of community enterprises: lessons from renewable energy and carsharing,” Environmental Innovation & Societal Transition. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2021.12.007
  • Punt, M., Bauwens, T., Frenken, K., Holstenkamp, L. (2021). “Institutional relatedness and the emergence of renewable energy cooperatives in German districts”, Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1890708
  • Bauwens, T., Huybrechts, B. & Dufays, F. (2020). “Understanding the Diverse Scaling Strategies of Social Enterprises as Hybrid Organizations: the Case of Renewable Energy Cooperatives”, Organization & Environment, 33 (2), pp.195-219. DOI: 10.1177/1086026619837126
  • Bauwens, T. (2019). “Analyzing the determinants of investments by community renewable energy members: findings and policy implications from Flanders”, Energy Policy, 129, pp. 841-852. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.02.067
  • Bauwens, T. & Defourny, J. (2017). “Social capital and mutual versus public benefit: the case of renewable energy cooperatives”, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 88 (2), pp. 203-232. DOI: 10.1111/apce.12166
  • Bauwens, T., Gotchev, B. & Holstenkamp, L. (2016). “What Drives the Development of Community Energy in Europe? The Case of Wind Power Cooperatives”, Energy Research & Social Science, 13, pp. 136-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2015.12.016