Previous Commissioners (2019-2023)

CO-CHAIRS (2019-2023)

Joyeeta Gupta

Joyeeta Gupta

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Joyeeta Gupta

Joyeeta Gupta

Professor, University of Amsterdam

Joyeeta Gupta is the 2023 winner of the Spinoza Prize, the highest prize in the Netherlands for academic work (Euro 1.5 Million). She is full professor of environment and development in the global south at  the University of Amsterdam and professor at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. She is also the Faculty Professor on Sustainability (2019-2024). She leads the programme group on Governance and Inclusive Development. She co-chaired UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook-6 (2016-2021), published by Cambridge University Press, presented to governments at the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019, and won the Association of American Publishers PROSE award for Environmental Science. She had a plenary presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2023; and is member of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water (2022-2024). In 2022, she was awarded the 2022 Piers Sellers Prize for world leading contribution to solution-focused climate research, recent world-leading research outputs and evidence of resulting impacts; application of an interdisciplinary approach; and focus on climate solutions, Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds University. She is presently working on climate change under a European Research Council Advanced Grant (Euro 2.5 million). Professor Gupta was co-chair of the Earth Commission during its first phase (2019-2023).

Dahe Qin

Dahe Qin

Director, Academic Committee of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dahe Qin

Dahe Qin

Director, Academic Committee of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dahe Qin is a Professor, Doctorate Tutor, CAS Member and TWAS Member. Professor Qin has held many academic positions in China and aboard, including Vice President and President of the glaciology working group of Scientific Committee on International Antarctic Research, Director of the International Glaciological Society, Vice President of the International Commission on Snow Ice, member of the working group of Science Guidance of CliC, the main author and the chief umpire of chapters in the third assessment report of IPCC, and the co-chairman of the first working group in the fourth assessment report.

Prof. Qin has engaged in the cryosphere and global change research for a number of years, organizing scientific investigations of the South Pole, North Pole, Inner Asia and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. He studied the physical processes and the climate and environmental record of snow layer of the ice sheet surface in South Pole, the processes of snow layer metamorphism, the relation of the ratio of stable isotope and the temperature, the source and delivery of the water vapor and impurities. Prof. Qin’s research on the change of glacier and the record of ice core in Everest regions revealed recent climate change in Earth’s highest altitude regions.

In China, Professor Dahe has been Director of the CAS Earth Sciences Division, Chief Science of “the cryosphere dynamic process and its influence mechanism and adaptation countermeasures on climate, hydrological and ecological in China” (2007-2011), Prof. Qin presided over the Chinese Climate Change Assessment, and held the post of Director of the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science. He was co-chair of the Earth Commission during its first phase 2019-2023.

Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Professor, University of Potsdam
Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Professor, University of Potsdam

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability. He is i.a. member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission, Chief Scientist of Conservation International, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

COMMISSIONERS (2019-2023)

Xuemei Bai

Xuemei Bai

Distinguished Professor, Australian National University
Xuemei Bai

Xuemei Bai

Distinguished Professor, Australian National University

Xuemei Bai is a Distinguished Professor at Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University. She was awarded the Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellowship in 2023. Her research focuses on the science and policy of rapid urbanization and urban system sustainability, including: understanding the structure, function and processes of urban social ecological systems, the drivers and impacts of urbanization, evolution of urban systems, urban metabolism, cities and climate change, urban sustainability experiments and transition, and more recently on Anthropocene futures and Earth system boundaries. She has published extensively on these topics, with many appearing in journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Sustainability, Nature Climate Change etc.

Prof. Bai is a member of the Earth Commission, leading its Working Group 5 on methods of cross-scale translation from planetary limits to local actors. She serviced as a member of the inaugural Science Committee of Future Earth, and led the development of Future Earth Urban Knowledge-Action Network, which was launched at the 2016 UN Habitat III Conference in Quito. She has served as a Lead Author for four major global assessments, i.e. the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Global Energy Assessment, IPBES Global Assessment, and the IPCC AR6 WGIII.

Prof. Bai is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 2017, and was named as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Change Policy in 2019 and 2022. She is the Laureate of the Volvo Environment Prize 2018, and the Global Economy Prize 2021.

Govindasamy Bala

Govindasamy Bala

Professor, Indian Institute of Science
Govindasamy Bala

Govindasamy Bala

Professor, Indian Institute of Science

Prof. G Bala is a Professor at the Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. He received his PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in 1994 from McGill University, Canada. After two years of Post-doc at the Princeton University, he served as a Physicist (Climate Scientist) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA between 1996 and 2008.

Prof. Bala uses Earth System Models to understand the climate and carbon and water cycle changes to external forcings such as greenhouse gases and land cover change, His main research interests are modelling of climate change, carbon and water cycles, solar geoengineering, land cover change, and the global and regional monsoon systems. He has published about 125 peer-reviewed journal papers on climate change, carbon cycle, solar geoengineering and monsoons.

Prof. Bala is the recipient of the 2008 Scopus young scientist award for Earth Sciences. He and his collaborators from China and USA won the prestigious World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Norbert Gerbier MUMM International Award for 2014 for their research paper on fast climate system adjustments.

Prof. Bala has served as a Lead and contributing Author in the 5th (2013) and 6th (2021) scientific assessment of climate change by the IPCC, and is currently a member of the Earth Commission, Future Earth. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the AIMES (Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System) global research project of Future Earth during 2016-2021. He has also served on the editorial boards of “Earth System Dynamics” and “Environmental Research Letters”.

Stuart Bunn

Stuart Bunn

Professor, Griffith University
Stuart Bunn

Stuart Bunn

Professor, Griffith University

Stuart Bunn is a senior member of the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and, until July 2022, was the founding Director. His major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a particular focus on the science to underpin river management.  This work has resulted in over 300 technical publications, most of which are in peer-reviewed journals.  Stuart Bunn has extensive experience working with international and Australian government agencies and industry on water resource management issues. He has led the development and implementation of several major collaborative research programs in partnership with State government agencies, industry and universities. He has also been an active member and chair of several state and national science advisory committees. Professor Bunn is currently a member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and has previously served as a National Water Commissioner and as a Director of Land and Water Australia. In 2022, he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. 

Fabrice DeClerck

Fabrice DeClerck

Director of Science at EAT
Fabrice DeClerck

Fabrice DeClerck

Director of Science at EAT

Dr. Fabrice DeClerck is an ecologist and geographer. He specializes in biodiversity and environmental function with a focus on food systems. In his current role as the EAT Director of Science his focus and leadership has broadened to food systems and their impacts on human health, environmental sustainability and social justice. In this role, Dr. DeClerck leads the development of EAT’s research and synthesis science including the EAT-Lancet Commission (both 1 and 2). He holds a joint position with the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT of the CGIAR where he is a Principal Scientist. Fabrice is a member of the Earth Commission which proposed safe and just Earth System boundaries and is a member of the French Academy of Agricultural Science. He works closely with EAT’s partners and programs as the interface between science and practice.

Dr. DeClerck’s professional background is in agricultural and environmental sciences with more than a decade focusing on sustainable development in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. His collaborations with the health and nutrition community date back to 2004 focusing on dietary and environmental health in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. His engagements enable him to engage closely with UN Agencies such has FAO, UNDP, UNICEF and UNEP; progressive private sector partners; and individuals farmers and farming communities on the radical food transformation needed in support of human health and environmental sustainability. He has contributed to several IPBES Assessments and is a Coordianting Lead Author of the IPBES Nexus Assessment on Biodiversity, Food, Health, and Water where he leads the food chapter.

Kristie Ebi

Kristie Ebi

Professor, University of Washington
Kristie Ebi

Kristie Ebi

Professor, University of Washington

Kristie L. Ebi, Ph.D., MPH has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current and future health risks of climate change; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce risks in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerabilities and implementing adaptation policies and programs.

Peng Gong

Peng Gong

Professor, Tsinghua University
Peng Gong

Peng Gong

Professor, Tsinghua University

Peng Gong is Chair Professor of global sustainability and Vice President for Academic Development, University of Hong Kong. He built the Department of Earth System Science at Tsinghua University and served as Dean of School of Sciences at Tsinghua. He had also taught at the University of Calgary and the University of California, Berkeley. His major research interests include mapping, monitoring and modeling of global environmental change, and modelling of environmentally related infectious diseases such as schistosomiasis, avian influenza, dengue, and COVID-19, and healthy and sustainable cities. He is the author/co-author of over 600 articles and eight books. He chaired/co-chaired eight Lancet Commission reports on climate change and health, and healthy cities in China.

Christopher Gordon

Christopher Gordon

Associate Professor, University of Ghana
Christopher Gordon

Christopher Gordon

Associate Professor, University of Ghana

Professor Christopher Gordon is an Environmental Scientist with special interests in the biodiversity and functioning of coastal, wetland and freshwater systems, and many years of experience as a limnologist and aquatic resource management advisor. He has considerable experience working with international bodies such as the GEF, UNEP, FAO, UNDP, DFID (former ODA) DANIDA, IDRC, DGIS, as well as national and international NGOs.

Over the past 30 years, Prof. Gordon has been invited to serve on several institutional, project review and think tank bodies in the role of an invited expert. These include the UNEP Foresight Expert Group, World Climate Science Programme, and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention.

Norichika Kanie

Norichika Kanie

Professor, Keio University
Norichika Kanie

Norichika Kanie

Professor, Keio University

Norichika Kanie is a Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan. He is also a visiting associate professor of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies and Visiting Researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies. He serves as a committee member of the Central Environmental Council of Japan and a member of environmental council of Nakano ward in Tokyo, Japan.

Before joining Tokyo Tech, Professor Kanie was an associate professor at the Faculty of Law and Policy Studies, The University of Kitakyushu. He received his Ph.D. in Media and Governance from the Keio University in 2001, after studying in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (Erasmus University Rotterdam). He was also a Ph.D. Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. His research interests include governance, global environmental politics and multilateral diplomacy with particular focus on climate change.

Timothy Lenton

Timothy Lenton

Professor, University of Exeter
Timothy Lenton

Timothy Lenton

Professor, University of Exeter

Professor Lenton is founding Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science. He has more than 25 years research experience, focused on modelling of the biosphere, biogeochemical cycling and climate, and associated tipping points. His books ‘Revolutions that made the Earth’ (with Andrew Watson) and ‘Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction’ have popularized a new scientific view of our planetary home. Tim Lenton co-authored the widely used ‘Planetary Boundaries’ framework and is renowned for his work identifying climate tipping points, which informed the setting of the 1.5C climate target and associated net zero targets and nationally determined contributions.

As a member of the Earth Commission, Tim is part of a select international research group that has been setting safe and just ‘Earth system boundaries’ for climate, aerosols, biodiversity, land use, water use and nutrient use, which are now being translated to city and company level targets by the Science Based Targets Network.

Professor Lenton works actively with policymakers and businesses helping them assess the risks of climate change and nature loss and highlighting the opportunities for ‘positive tipping points’ that can accelerate desired changes. His positive tipping points framework, initially developed with Simon Sharpe of the COP26 team and informing the ‘Breakthrough Agenda’, is gaining increasing traction with policy and business. As part of this, Tim directs the Economics of Energy Innovation and System Transition (EEIST) project funded by BEIS.

Tim Lenton’s research has won a Philip Leverhulme Prize 2004, European Geosciences Union Outstanding Young Scientist Award 2006, Times Higher Education Award for Research Project of the Year 2008, Geological Society of London William Smith Fund 2008, and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award 2013. Tim is a member of the Earth Commission, an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and in the top 100 of the Reuters ‘Hot List’ of the world’s top climate scientists. He has published over 200 academic papers with over 55,000 citations and an h-index of 86. 

Diana Liverman

Diana Liverman

Professor, University of Arizona
Diana Liverman

Diana Liverman

Professor, University of Arizona

Regents Professor in the University of Arizona, School of Geography, Development, and Environment and a Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford University. Professor Liverman studies the human dimensions of global environmental change, earth systems, and climate justice, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change. She has worked on climate vulnerability and adaptation, carbon offsets, US-Mexico border environments, planetary boundaries, political ecology, and women in climate change.

Professor Liverman helped build interdisciplinary environmental programs at the University of Arizona, Oxford University, Penn State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison including directing the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. In 2020 she was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2022 as a fellow of the British Academy.

David Obura

David Obura

Director CORDIO East Africa; IPBES Chair
David Obura

David Obura

Director CORDIO East Africa; IPBES Chair

David Obura is a Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa, a knowledge organization supporting sustainability of coral reef and marine systems in the Western Indian Ocean. CORDIO takes research to management and policy, builds capacity, and works with stakeholders, managers and policy makers. David’s primary research is on coral reef resilience, biogeography and climate change impacts, and turning now towards sustainability science using coral reefs as a model and earth systems science framing. David works from the local scale, through fostering innovative action to promote sustainability, through regional scale alignment and integration, to global scales, bringing knowledge and local-regional practice into decision-making contexts. 

David Chairs IPBES (2023-2026), was a Co-Chair of IPBES’s Nexus Assessment (2022-2024), is on the Earth Commission (2019-2026), and was active in bringing sustainability science into the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. In these he brings coastal, African and societal realities and priorities into global conservation and sustainability planning, to build towards a safe and just future. David Obura was awarded Kenya’s national honour, Moran of the Burning Spear in December 2021, and the Coral Reef Conservation Award of the International Coral Reef Society in 2022. 

Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability, University of California at San Diego
Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability, University of California at San Diego

Dr. Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons, particularly, CFCs in 1975. Along with R. Madden, predicted in 1980 that global warming would be detected by 2000. In 1985, he led the first international NASA/WMO/UNEP assessment on the climate effects of non-CO2 greenhouse gases and concluded that they are as important as CO2 to global climate change. He was among a team of four which developed the first version of the US community climate model in the 1980s. In 1989, he led a NASA study that used satellite radiation budget instruments to conclude that clouds had a large global cooling effect. He led an international field experiment in the 1990s, with Paul Crutzen, that discovered the widespread Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) over S. Asia, which have devastating health and climate impacts.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan has won numerous prestigious awards including the Tyler prize. Dr. Ramanathan is now serving in Pope Francis’ Council for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; and UNESCO awarded the Climate and Policy professorship at TERI Deemed- University in New Delhi, India.

Peter Verburg

Peter Verburg

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Peter Verburg

Peter Verburg

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Peter Verburg is a professor of Environmental at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Peter is also a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research.

Professor Verburg has established a leading position in the field of land use analysis and modelling. His work focuses on both the drivers and impacts of land use change. Land use change is in his work shown as a consequence of global change, a driver of global change, but also as a potential leverage point to mitigate and adapt to global change.

He has developed and applied a wide range of methods to analyze spatial dynamics of land use at scales ranging from local to global. Methods used in his research originate from different disciplines, including social sciences, econometrics, geography and earth sciences. Peter is named a Highly Cited Researcher, his publications being amongst the top 1% most cited in the Web of Science. Peter Verburg is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

Having worked with collaborators from this wide variety of fields, Professor Verburg has established insight in the different disciplinary traditions and vocabularies which facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. His work on regional and global scale land use modeling has resulted in one of the most frequently used land use models worldwide (CLUE). Peter Verburg is the former chair of the Global Land Programme of Future Earth and is actively involved in several EU-level research projects in the field of land use, sustainable city planning, climate change adaptation, rural development, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Ricarda Winkelmann

Ricarda Winkelmann

Professor, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Ricarda Winkelmann

Ricarda Winkelmann

Professor, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Ricarda Winkelmann is founding director at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology in Jena, Germany, and Professor of climate system analysis at University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Her scientific expertise covers a broad range of topics related to the theory and modelling of complex dynamics in the Earth System, including Greenland and Antarctic ice dynamics, ecosystem resilience and tipping dynamics.

For her research, Ricarda Winkelmann has developed innovative approaches and numerical models to foster our understanding of Earth system dynamics from the deep past to the far future. She is co-developer of the open-source ice sheet model PISM and one of the initial developers of the pycascades framework for simulating tipping cascades on complex networks. She has also participated in several research expeditions to Antarctica and was co-speaker of the ‘Expedition Anthropocene’ project by the German Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and National Academy of Science Leopoldina. Ricarda Winkelmann is initiator and scientific lead of the Tipping Point Modeling Intercomparison Project (TIPMIP) that systematically examines the stability and impacts of our planet’s climate tipping elements. 

In recognition of her work, Ricarda Winkelmann has received numerous awards, including the Young Scientist of the Year award by Academics and ZEIT Publishing Group, the E-Learning Award UP for innovative teaching approaches, the Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award by the Cryospheric Division of the European Geosciences Union, as well as the Karl-Scheel-Prize by the German Physical Society. 

In addition to her world-leading scientific expertise, Ricarda Winkelmann is also a passionate science communicator and seeks to make research accessible to the public through a broad range of channels. 

Ben Halpern

Ben Halpern

Professor, Director, University of California
Ben Halpern

Ben Halpern

Professor, Director, University of California

Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation Science at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara and Director of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Professor Lab is a marine ecologist and conservation scientist with broad, interdisciplinary interests.

Sandra Díaz

Sandra Díaz

Professor, Córdoba National University, CONICET, IPBES
Sandra Díaz

Sandra Díaz

Professor, Córdoba National University, CONICET, IPBES

Sandra Díaz is Professor of Ecology at Córdoba National University, senior member of the Argentine National Research Council and Visiting Professor at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University. She is interested in plant functional traits and syndromes, their effects on ecosystem properties and their interactions with global change drivers. She has advanced theory and practical implementation of the concept of functional diversity and its effects on ecosystem properties and benefits. She combines her ecology studies with interdisciplinary work on how different societies value and reconfigure nature. She founded Núcleo DiverSus on Diversity and Sustainability, and co-founded the Global Communal Plant Trait Initiative TRY. She co-chaired the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. She is a member of the Academies of Sciences of Argentina, USA, France, Norway, Latin America and the Developing World, and Foreign Fellow of the British Royal Society. Her awards include; Margalef Prize in Ecology, Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science, Kew International Medal and BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS (2019-2023)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Professor, former Deputy Director General, IIASA
Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Professor, former Deputy Director General, IIASA

Nebojsa Nakicenovic is the former Deputy Director General/CEO of IIASA, and former tenured Professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology. Among other positions, Prof. Nakicenovic is the Executive Director of The World in 2050; Member Ad Hoc Informal Multi-stakeholder Technical Group of Advisors on Sustainable Development Goal 7, UN; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Aerospace Center Institute for Networked Energy Systems Analysis; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute from Climate Impact Research; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei; Member of the Panel on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments; Steering Committee Member of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century; Member of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences; Member of the International Advisory Board of the Helmholtz Programme on Technology, and Member of OMV Advisory Group on Sustainability.

Among Professor Nakicenovic’s research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies. He is Editorial Board Member of a number of journals including Climate Policy; Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; Energy, Ecology and Environment; Energy Policy; Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions; Energy Strategy Reviews; Global Perspectives; and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Michael Obersteiner

Michael Obersteiner

Observer, International Resource Panel
Michael Obersteiner

Michael Obersteiner

Observer, International Resource Panel

Michael Obersteiner is the Director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His research experience stretches from biophysical modelling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to economics, finance and integrated assessment. He joined the IIASA Forestry Program in 1993 and has been leading and developing the ESM Program, which is currently the largest research program at IIASA, since 2011.

Professor Obersteiner’s background includes the fields of global terrestrial ecosystems and economics, having completed graduate studies both in Austria (BOKU University and Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna) and abroad (Columbia University, New York and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk).

Under his leadership several national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF and OECD have received science-based policy advice using quantitative modelling techniques. He is author of over 250 scientific papers and is a highly-cited researcher.

Detlef van Vuuren

Detlef van Vuuren

Project lead, IMAGE integrated assessment modelling team, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; Professor, Utrecht University
Detlef van Vuuren

Detlef van Vuuren

Project lead, IMAGE integrated assessment modelling team, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; Professor, Utrecht University

Detlef van Vuuren is the project leader of the IMAGE integrated assessment modeling team at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency  and professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. He focuses on global sustainability issues. With his team, Professor van Vuuren develops models with which future climate and environmental changes can be explored by means of scenarios, taking into account the interaction between climate, environment, living environment and economy. Among other things, Van Vuuren worked on the climate scenarios of the IPCC, UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook and the IPBES biodiversity assessment.

Detlef van Vuuren is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and the Arts in the Netherlands. He is listed by Reuters as the world’s 4th most influential climate scientist. He has published more than 450 articles in refereed journals including high profile journals like Nature and Science. He is one of the editors of Climatic Change, and member of, among others, the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium, the Global Carbon Project, the EAT-Lancet Commission, the Climate Modelling Intercomparison Project.’

The work on integrated assessment modeling that Detlef van Vuuren contributes to can support policy making by exploring different possible futures in terms of socio-economic development and environmental impacts. The key objective here is understanding the evolution of relevant systems as best as we can under different assumptions. For this, it is necessary to integrate information of different scientific disciplines.