IGS Universiteit Twente
2011 Conference: Resilient Societies

Key-note speakers

Beschrijving: prof.dr. H.B.J. (Rik) Leemans

Rik Leemans - Full professor in Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University

Prof. Dr. Leemans’ early studies at Uppsala University (Sweden) emphasized the successional dynamics and structure of boreal forests. His subsequent research position at the Biosphere Project of the International Institute of Applied System Analyses (IIASA, Austria) focused on boreal forest models. Since then his research has excelled into modeling global environmental change at The Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Wageningen University. He has also been instrumental in different science-policy assessments. His main research interests concern biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem services and sustainable development. Prof. Dr. Leemans has published many papers on a wide range of topics. These include forest dynamics, large-scale vegetation and crop distribution, global environmental databases, terrestrial C cycle and the importance of feedback processes, the incorporation of land-use change and other human dimensions into Earth system models, biodiversity, integrated assessment tools and, more recently, potential mitigation and adaptation options and strategies for environmental change.



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Arjen Hoekstra - Professor in Multidisciplinary Water Management, University of Twente

Arjen Hoekstra (1967) is Professor in Multidisciplinary Water Management at the University of Twente and Scientific Director of the Water Footprint Network.

Hoekstra received his education at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, where he obtained an MSc degree, cum laude, in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree in Policy Analysis. He has working experience in various academic environments in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Having visited more than fifty countries throughout the world, Hoekstra has a broad international network. Hoekstra has been participating in and leading a variety of interdisciplinary research projects, involving a variety of disciplines: earth and environmental sciences, economics, engineering, anthropology, and policy sciences.

Hoekstra is creator of the water footprint concept (2002) and established the interdisciplinary field of water footprint and virtual water trade analysis, a research field addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade [www.waterfootprint.org]. He was co-founder of the Water Footprint Network in 2008.

Hoekstra has been teaching in a variety of subjects, including: water resources management, river basin and coastal zone management, hydrology and water quality, sustainable development, natural resources valuation, environmental systems analysis, and policy analysis. He has developed various educational tools, including the River Basin Game and the Globalization of Water Role Play. His scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water management and include a large number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His books include Perspectives on Water (International Books, 1998) and Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

Beschrijving: James Clark

James Clark obtained his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Kings College in London. Following research posts in Canada and the UK he moved to York, England where he was awarded a Professorship in 1994. He has been at the forefront of the Green Chemistry since its beginnings in the 1990s and founded the Green Chemistry Journal (www.rsc.org/publishing/journals/gc), the Green Chemistry Network, GCN (www.greenchemistrynetwork.org), and the Green Chemistry Centre , GCC (www.greenchemistry.net). He is currently the Director of the GCC and the President of the GCN as well as the editor-in-chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Book Series. The GCC has over 80 graduates working on green and sustainable chemistry research, education, networking and industrial liaison; the Centre is structured into four technology platforms - Microwave Chemistry, Natural Solvents, Clean Synthesis and Renewable Materials as well as a Training Education and Networking Platform. James has published over 400 articles and is the author or editor of about 20 books, and has given Plenary lectures worldwide. He has been awarded numerous honours and distinctions including the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Prize, a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship, the John Jeyes and Society of Chemical Industry Environment medals, and the Prince of Wales award for Innovation as well as Clean Technology Awards from the EU and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. James has advised many multinational companies on sustainability and green technologies, represents NGOs on EU standards committees, sits on the Advisory Board for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and is a member of the UK Chemical Stakeholders Forum.

Beschrijving: Dr Dabo Guan

Dabo Guan – Senior Lecturer at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds

Dr Guan is a member of the Energy & Environment research group and the Operations, Information & Technology teaching group. His research interests include International climate change policies, scenario analysis on global green house gas emissions, ecological-economic modeling and environmental input-output analysis related to topics such as hydrological ecosystem accounting, consumption and pollution of resources and sustainable consumption in developing countries.