Hans Bruyninckx, Political Science PhD (1996), selected as new European Environment Agency Executive Director
PoliSci Alumni, Political Science | December 17, 2012
Belgian Professor and Colorado State University PhD Hans Bruyninckx has been selected by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Management Board as the EEA Executive Director to take office effective 1 June 2013. Dr. Bruyninckx has 20 years of research experience in environmental, sustainable development and climate change policies. He holds a Masters degree in political science (Leuven University, Belgium) and a PhD in international environmental politics (Colorado State University, USA). He has carried out research and taught at Colorado State University, Canisius College, and Wageningen University (Netherlands). His current appointment is at the Catholic University Leuven, where he is professor of International and European Environmental Politics, director of the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society, and a founding member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.
His main research interests concern the political and policy dynamics of societal transitions towards a low carbon, resource efficient and socially equitable future. He has been a member of advisory boards at different levels and has worked closely with policy, economic and civil society actors on these issues. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and a sailor and enjoys the company of his family and friends.
The aim of the EEA is to ensure that decision-makers and the general public are kept informed about the state and outlook of the environment. The association’s core objective is to produce European, pan-European and regional integrated environmental data and indicator sets, assessments and thematic analyses in order to provide a sound decision basis for environmental policies in the EU and Member countries and for cooperation with candidate and potential candidate countries and those covered by the European Neighborhood Policy. It is recognized as the world’s leading body for the provision of timely, relevant and accessible European environmental data, information, knowledge and assessments. The EEA has a staff of more than 200 and also coordinates a network of more than 2000 experts in the member countries. More information can be found at http://www.eea.europa.eu/.