Focus areas: International relations, sustainable development, energy, climate change, political economy, international economic law, development policy, trade, investment, subsidies
Dr. Tom Moerenhout is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a resident scholar at SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy. He also leads the energy subsidy program at Johns Hopkins’ Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. He holds two master degrees and a PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In 2017-2018, he was visiting fellow at the LSE Department of Government, in 2016-2017 he was the Aramco-OIES fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and in 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, and supports a more proactive integration of behavioral psychology into development policy and reform programs.
Since 2010, Tom has also worked for the Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. As a Senior Associate, he has 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 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 and Iraqi Kurdistan.