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Paul Behrens

Assistant Professor

Dr. P.A. Behrens
+31 70 800 9332

Paul's work focuses on the environmental impact of human consumption, and his research on climate change, energy, and food has appeared in leading scientific journals. His work has appeared in leading scientific journals. Paul is passionate about science communication and his work has appeared in many international outlets such as The New York Times, the BBC, and Scientific American. Paul has recently finished a textbook on Food Sustainability, published with Oxford University Press. His popular science book about our environmental future The Best of Times, The Worst of Times will be published in July 2020 by Indigo Press.

More information about Paul Behrens


Paul Behrens is an author and academic in environmental change at Leiden University. His popular science book The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science describes humanity’s possible futures in paired chapters of pessimism and hope is now available. He wrote Food and Sustainability a transdisciplinary textbook with colleagues with Oxford University Press. His research on food, energy and climate change has appeared in leading scientific journals and in 2018 he was awarded Leiden University’s Discoverer of the Year. His work on science communication has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, and the BBC.

Paul is a physicist by training, his Ph.D. is from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where he developed techniques for improving wind energy generation in mountainous terrain. Paul has worked in industry, NGOs, and academia. He has worked at the Royal Society of New Zealand, providing expert scientific advice to the New Zealand Government on environmental sustainability and other topics.

Academic Expertise:

  • Energy systems, Food systems and climate change
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmentally-extended Input-output modelling
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Energy policy
  • Science communication
  • Physics


  • Energy Science
  • Alternative Energy Strategies
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.10


Lecturer / guest

  • Science
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A3.05



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