Peter Mulder (1974) holds degrees in economics from VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He joined the Department of Spatial Economics at VU University in 2007. 

In 2003, he obtained his Ph.D. from VU University Amsterdam with a dissertation on the economics of technology diffusion and energy efficiency, based on research carried out at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of VU University 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. During the 2011 spring semester he was visiting assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (USA).

His current research interests lie mainly in the fields of energy economics and the spatial structure of economic development. He is especially interested in the relationship between energy use and urbanization in developing countries.

His teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Regional Economics, Urban Economics, Environmental Economics and International Economic Development. Currently he teaches within the VU University Bachelor programs Economics and Earth&Economics, as well as at Amsterdam University College. Also, within the Earth&Economics program he is coordinating the minor Economics and the Bachelor thesis project.

He is a member of the Educational Committee for the VU Earth&Economics program and he is a member of the Board of Examiners at University College Amsterdam.   


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