Dr. Tom Moerenhout is an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also leads the energy subsidy program at Johns Hopkins’ Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. He holds two master’s degrees and a PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining Columbia University, he was a visiting fellow at the LSE Department of Government and Aramco-OIES fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies 2015-2016 he was a Fulbright fellow at Columbia University.
Tom’s research expertise and practical engagements focus on international affairs, political economy and international economic law. Tom’s main expertise lies in the role of trade, investment and subsidy policies in sustainable development, the sustainability dimension of economic globalization and resource valuation & regulation. He has published extensively on sustainable development and energy policy reforms in developing and emerging economies. He supports a more proactive integration of behavioral psychology into development policy and reform programs and focuses strongly on investigating corruption in energy and development policies.
For over 10 years, Tom has also worked as a practitioner supporting in-country reforms. Since 2010, Tom is a Senior Associate for the Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In this capacity, he managed development projects with and for various organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD, OPEC, IRENA, UNEP, ADB, GIZ, Nestle and Greenpeace. He has also consulted for the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Institute for Development Studies and the Policy Practice. In recent years, Tom has provided practical, in-country support to energy and development policy reforms in Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Morocco and Jordan.