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Arnold Tukker named Chair of Industrial Ecology and Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences

Prof. dr. Arnold Tukker will be appointed on 1 October 2013 as Chair of Industrial Ecology at the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. He will work at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), and also become the new director of this institute.

LDE Centre for Sustainability

Tukker will support and expand CML’s internationally well-known research and educational programs in Industrial Ecology and Conservation Biology. Furthermore, on behalf of CML, he will have an important role in the development of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, that recently has been established by the three universities involved.

Research group

Tukker obtained his PhD in 1998 under supervision of prof. dr. Jacqueline Cramer from Tilburg University for his thesis Frames in the toxicity controversy – Risk assessment and Policy Analysis related to the Dutch Chlorine Debate and Swedish PVC Debate. In recent years, Tukker built up the research program Societal Innovation and Economy at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO. In 2010 he was appointed as part-time professor of Sustainable Innovation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

International policy initiatives

As a scientist, Tukker is internationally recognized for his work in the field of integrated environmental, economic and resource databases and –models. He received various dozen of millions of Euros of research grants for this work, mainly from the EU. He further has been involved in major international policy initiatives such as the EU’s Resource Efficiency Flagship, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw materials, the UN Ten Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the UNEP Resource Panel, the UN Green Economy Initiative, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Next to his appointment as Chair and Director at CML, Tukker will retain a part-time position at TNO. This reflects the synergies that both organisations have realized in the last decade in building up their research portfolio.

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