Pieter works at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn, Germany. He conducts research and provides policy advice on international climate policy, in particular on INDCs, equity/CBDR, adaptation and adaptation finance in developing countries.

He has published numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and reports and is a contributing author to the IPCC’s 5th assessment report (WG II, Africa chapter). He also writes opinion articles on climate and environment issues for the Dutch quality newspaper NRC Handelsblad on a regular basis.

Before joining DIE he worked at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU University Amsterdam. Pieter holds an MSc in ‘Environment and Resource Management’ from the IVM, and concurrently with his position at DIE, he is writing a PhD at IVM on the role of the private sector in adaptation and adaptation finance in developing countries.