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Paul Behrens

Associate professor

Name
Dr. P.A. Behrens
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
p.a.behrens@cml.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0002-2935-4799

Paul Behrens is an author and Associate Professor at Leiden University. His popular science book, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science(Indigo Press, 2020) describes humanity’s current trajectory and possible futures in paired chapters of pessimism and hope, on topics including the economy, energy, land and food. He outlines just how much is to be done to achieve a hopeful future, but how this scenario would involve actively building a healthier, happier and more fulfilling world. He is an author and editor of Food and Sustainability an interdisciplinary textbook with colleagues for Oxford University Press. His research and writing focusses on the areas causing most of the problems: energy, food and economic systems. His research and writing has appeared in scientific journals and media outlets such as the BBC, Thomson Reuters, Politico, Nature Sustainability, Nature Energy, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,Nature Food and Nature Communications. Paul won Leiden University’s Discoverer of the year in 2018, the Stan’s award for best outreach 2021, and International Champion in the Frontiers Planet Prize in 2023

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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 (Indigo Press, 2020) 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 research and writing has appeared in scientific journals and media outlets such as the BBC, Thomson ReutersPoliticoNature SustainabilityNature Energythe Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature Food and Nature Communications. Paul won Leiden University’s Discoverer of the year in 2018, the Stan’s award for best outreach 2021, and International Champion in the Frontiers Planet Prize in 2023.

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

Courses:

  • Energy Science
  • Alternative Energy Strategies
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Mathematics
  • Research design

Associate professor

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

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

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