Our professors and professorships

Meet our lecturers: they are committed to making innovations within education and professional practice. Our lecturers are associated with a professorship. Teachers and external experts work together. In addition to students, academics are also active within professorships, where they have the opportunity to obtain a PhD under the supervision of the lecturer and university promoters.

The following professorships are connected to EnTranCe | Centre of Expertise Energy:


Communication, Behaviour & the Sustainable Society

Wim Elving PhD

Wim Elving is professor of communication in the sustainable society. Together with Carina Wiekens, he is in charge of the professorship Communication, Behaviour & the Sustainable Society. He completed his master’s degree in Social and Organisational psychology at the University of Groningen (1993) and obtained a PhD on the care for cancer patients at Twente University (1999). Elving later worked at the University of Amsterdam / the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.

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Carina Wiekens PhD

Carina Wiekens is professor and founder of the research group Sustainable Behaviour, which she leads since 2012. She studied psychology (social, cognitive and clinical psychology) and specializes in behavioural change and initiating social change. Apart from leading the research group, Carina is involved in the master Sustainable Energy System Management (SeSyM).

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Bert de Jonge

As a professor at the School of Law, Bert de Jonge is connected to EnTranCe. His professorship Energy & Law considers the legal aspects of the energy transition. With his research, De Jonge aims to contribute to the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy by providing insight into the (desirable) legal frameworks regarding this transition.

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Prof. Dr Jan-jaap Aué

Jan-jaap Aué is the director of EnTrance and heads the professorship Energy Transition. Within the professorship, Aué focuses on the use of hydrogen in different applications. In the near future, hydrogen will play an important role in our energy system. This requires technological, economical and societal innovation. Reducing the purchase price, integrating different systems and creating new market opportunities are some of the central topics that Aué covers.

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Dr ir. Martien Visser

Within his professorship, Martien Visser (1958) focuses on the role of networks in the energy transition. He studied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology and obtained his PhD at Delft University of Technology.  Apart from his work at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Martien Visser is Manager Corporate Strategy at Gasunie and Research Fellow at Clingendael Institute.

As professor at the Hanze University, he as launched the website www.energieopwek.nl. The website visualizes real-time data on the amount of renewable energy that is produced in the Netherlands. Furthermore, he is the creator of the monthly overview ‘Renewable Energy in the Netherlands’ that is published on our website.

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Dr Ir. Jan-Peter Nap

Jan-Peter Nap has been a professor since 2002. Over the years, he has had different focus areas. At at the moment, he heads the professorship ‘Life Sciences & Renewable Energy’. In this role, he is affiliated with EnTranCe and Hanze’s Research Centre Biobased Economy. His field of research is the role and application of biological processes in the supply of sustainable energy.

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Jacques Dam

Jacques Dam (1954) was appointed as a senior researcher at the Energy Valley Foundation in 2012. There, he was responsible for the development of a Dutch supply chain of LNG fuel. In 2015 he was installed as professor Sustainable LNG Technology at the Hanze UAS. In this role, Dam focuses on the development of sustainable LNG-technologies and has set up cooperative programs between the Hanze and TU Delft.

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Dr ir. Gerard Schepers

In november 2018 Gerard Schepers (1959) was installed as professor within the professorship ‘Wind’. In this role, he is affiliated with EnTranCe. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher and coordinator on several large international projects at the wind energy department of the Energy Research Centre Netherlands (ECN). Schepers acquired his PhD at the TU Delft where he studied the developments that have taken place in the past 25 years in the field of ‘engineering models’ for wind energy aerodynamics.

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