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Paul Behrens

Assistant 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 academic and author in environmental change at Leiden University. 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. In 2020, he published 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 came. He is author of Food and Sustainability a interdisciplinary textbook with colleagues for Oxford University Press. 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.

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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 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

Courses:

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

Assistant Professor

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

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

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Lecturer / guest

  • Science
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden

Work address

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

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