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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.

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Paul Behrens is an Assistant Professor in Energy and Environmental Change. Enabling the flourishing of human societies within environmental constraints such as climate change will be a critical global challenge for many decades to come. Paul’s research focuses on the energy-climate nexus using tools such as environmentally-extended, input-output analysis. Recent projects include estimating the impact of energy policy on environmental, social, and economic systems. 

A physicist by training, Paul has worked in several different fields, including; boundary layer meteorology, astronomy, acoustics, and science policy. Paul received his Masters in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) after conducting research on broad absorption line quasars at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in the Canary Islands (Spain). His Ph.D. is from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), where he developed acoustic remote sensing instrumentation to better situate wind turbines for the New Zealand energy utility, Mighty River Power. After his Ph.D., Paul provided expert scientific advice to the New Zealand government on environmental sustainability, language policy, GMOs, among other topics, at the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is passionate about science communication and was a National Radio New Zealand Science Commentator. He has worked in industry, NGOs, and academia.

Academic Expertise:

  • Energy systems and climate change
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Environmentally-extended Input-output modelling
  • Energy policy
  • 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

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden

Work address

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



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