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Oliver Taherzadeh


Dr. O.A. Taherzadeh
+31 71 527 2727

Oliver is interested in how environmental risks connect different actors in global supply chains. His research explores this in relation to food systems, economic growth, and globalisation.

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Professional experience

Oliver began his research career at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), after completing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Economics at the University of York. His work at SEI involved development of indicators to measure the environmental burden of UK food imports and assessment of policy coherence between corporate, national and global sustainability goals. As an inaugural member of SEI’s Policy Advisory Group, Oliver led a review to understand and improve pathways to policy impact in environmental research. 

After working at SEI, Oliver completed his PhD at Cambridge University on a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. His PhD examined the sources of water, energy and land insecurity in national supply chains. After completing his PhD, Oliver worked in Kyoto, Japan, as a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature (RIHN). Oliver’s work at RIHN involved global environmental footprinting of household consumption, dietary change, and food trade.

During and after PhD Oliver taught across several student papers on food system sustainability and environmental economics, at the Department of Land Economy and Judge Business School of Cambridge University and the School of Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University. 

Research topic

As a researcher at the CML, Oliver studies pathways for sustainable transition of the Dutch food system with a particular focus on food trade impacts, dietary change and future disruptions to food supply chains. His work employs and combines multi-regional input-output analysis (MRIOA), Material Flow Accounting (MFA) and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models to understand the drivers of environmental risks in global food supply chains. In addition to systems modelling, Oliver is interested in how and for whom the sustainability agenda is framed, in both the food and development sphere, and what solutions or future visions for humanity are privileged as a result.


  • Science
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden
  • CML/Industriele Ecologie

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B2.17



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