Peter Mulder (1974) is assistant professor in Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and a research fellow at Tinbergen Institute. He teaches a variety of courses, including microeconomics and urban economics. His research is mainly in the fields of energy economics and the spatial structure of economic development, with a focus on developing countries.

In 2003, he obtained his Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with a thesis on the economics of technology diffusion and energy efficiency, based on research carried out at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Subsequently, he has been an associate research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, and a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Spatial Economics of VU University Amsterdam.

In 2005 he interrupted academic life to work for two years in Mozambique as a consultant/energy economist for the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), based at the Ministry of Planning & Development and the Ministry of Energy of the Government of Mozambique. In 2007 he returned to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the 2011 spring semester he was visiting assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA).

He has been member and chairman of the Educational Committee for the Earth & Economics BSc program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and member of the Board of Examiners at University College Amsterdam.

Currently is coordinator of a newly established partnership – including teaching and research – between the VU Department of Spatial Economics and the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta.

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