Tim Boersma

Senior Research Scholar, Director of Global Natural Gas Markets – Columbia University, SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy

Tim Boersma was a fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Initiative, part of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. His research focuses on energy policy coordination, energy security, gas infrastructure and regulation, and unconventional natural gas extraction.

From 2011 to 2012, he was a Transatlantic Academy fellow in Washington, D.C. Before starting his career in research, Boersma spent five years in the private sector, working as a corporate counsel to the electricity production sector in the Netherlands. In November 2014 Tim published an Earthscan monograph with Philip Andrews-Speed, Raimund Bleischwitz, Corey Johnson, Geoffrey Kemp, and Stacy D. VanDeveer called “Want, Waste, or War? The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals.” In addition, in September 2015 he published “Energy Security and Natural Gas Markets in Europe: Lessons from the EU and the United States,” in the series Routledge Studies in Energy Policy.

Boersma holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Groningen.

  • Current Positions

  • Past Positions

    • Fellow, Foreign Policy, Energy Security and Climate Initiative
    • Nonresident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (2012–2013)
    • Junior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy (2011–2012)
    • Corporate Counsel, Brabers (2006–2011)
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of Groningen, 2013
    • M.Sc., University of Twente, 2006
    • M.Sc., University of Twente, Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster, 2006
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