D. (Daniel) Petrovics MSc

Daniel Petrovics
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
PostDoc Associate ERIM
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2023

Daniel Petrovics is an early stage researcher with experience in sustainability consulting. He holds a MSc degree in International Development Studies and an MSc degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Amsterdam. He is also currently finishing his PhD at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) on the scaling of energy communities. In the past 4 years Daniel has also been employed as a Research Associate at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where among others he worked on the Horizon 2020 - NEWCOMERS and Urban Innovation Action - RESILIO projects. Before joining RSM, he worked with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on sustainability reporting policy and also acted as consultant on a number of projects involving organizations such as UNGC, UNEP, PwC, CDP and REN21.

His current work focuses on the scaling of community enterprises, such as energy communities as part of the SCENSUS project. He has a keen interest in studying how initiatives targeting climate mitigation and adaptation at the local urban scale organize at the meso-level and how they form meta-organizations and umbrella organizations. To study these initiatives he has worked with a broad range of literature including polycentric governance thinking and strategic niche management.



  • Academic (7)
    • Barnes, J., Hansen, P., Kamin, T., Golob, U., Darby, S., van der Grijp, N. M., & Petrovics, D. (2024). Creating valuable outcomes: An exploration of value creation pathways in the business models of energy communities. Energy Research and Social Science, 108, Article 103398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2023.103398

    • Petrovics, D., Cobut, L., Huitema, D., Giezen, M., & Orsini, A. (2024). Diverse scaling strategies of energy communities: A comparative case study analysis of varied governance contexts. Earth System Governance, 19, Article 100203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esg.2024.100203

    • Petrovics, D., Huitema, D., Giezen, M., & Vis, B. (2024). Scaling mechanisms of energy communities: A comparison of 28 initiatives. Global Environmental Change, 84, Article 102780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102780

    • Petrovics, D., Giezen, M., & Huitema, D. (2022). Towards a deeper understanding of up-scaling in socio-technical transitions: The case of energy communities. Energy Research and Social Science, 94, Article 102860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2022.102860

    • Wainer, A., Petrovics, D., & van der Grijp, N. (2022). The grid access of energy communities a comparison of power grid governance in France and Germany. Energy Policy, 170, Article 113159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113159

    • Petrovics, D., Huitema, D., & Jordan, A. (2022). Polycentric energy governance: Under what conditions do energy communities scale? Environmental Policy and Governance, 32(5), 438-449. https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.1989

    • Petrovics, D., & Giezen, M. (2022). Planning for sustainable urban food systems: an analysis of the up-scaling potential of vertical farming. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 65(5), 785-808. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2021.1903404

  • Popular (1)
    • Blasch, J., van der Grijp, N. M., Petrovics, D., Palm, J., Bocken, N., Darby, S. J., Barnes, J., Hansen, P., Kamin, T., Golob, U., Andor, M., Sommer, S., Nicita, A., Musolino, M., & Mlinarič, M. (2021). New clean energy communities in polycentric settings: Four avenues for future research. Energy Research and Social Science, 82, Article 102276. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102276


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