Systems Analysis is an internationally well-established division doing high level research on energy, transport, climate change, urban and sustainable development. We develop and apply methods from systems modelling, applied economics, econometrics and statistics, spatio-temporal analysis, and value chain analysis.  

Research in Systems Analysis is organised under five themes:


1. Energy system modelling: Provision of advanced tools and expertise supporting national and international energy policy making. Being in the forefront of open access modelling. Advancing the international development of TIMES and Balmorel models, and improving representation of transport sector in energy system models, supported by GIS analyses.


2. Energy economics, policy analysis and energy demand modelling: New areas include design of energy markets with high share of variable renewable energy, economics of wind energy, and analysis of economic effects from energy and environmental policies and savings, demand forecast, and analysis of high-frequency individual energy demand data.


3. Climate change impacts, risks and adaptation: Research focuses on improving the integration of economic approaches with detailed physical and statistical assessments within a systemic framework. Specific areas are climate change adaptation decision support, damage and adaptation costs and benefits, climate services, the links between regional climate, water, energy, land use, and behaviour and economics.


4. Urban systems and green economy: Research in connections between liveable cities, urban infrastructure, energy, water and local and global ecosystems in order to make cities smarter and more sustainable. Multidisciplinary approaches enable integrated solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges addressing households, facilities, businesses and regions. Transition to a green economy (incl. the bioeconomy) requires developing new technologies, value chains, behaviours, and regulatory options.


5. Transport economics: Assessment of the economic effect of transport policies, e.g. capacity provision, pricing and taxation, and regulation of urban transport. Analyses of travel demand and the relationships between the transport sector and the economy in general, especially the housing and labour markets. 


Poul Erik Morthorst
Professor / Head of Division
DTU Management Engineering
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