Detlef van Vuuren

Senior Researcher
Full name
Prof. dr. D. P. van Vuuren

Detlef van Vuuren (1970) is a project leader of the IMAGE integrated assessment team at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and a professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. His research concentrates on response strategies to global environmental problems using integrated assessment models and other tools. Recently, he was listed by Reuters as the world’s 4th most influential climate scientist. He is member of the board of the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC), the EAT Lancet Commission, the Earth Commission and the Global Carbon Project. He is one of the editors of the journal Climatic Change. Detlef van Vuuren had a coordinating role in the development of the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs) now used in the IPCC’s assessments. Detlef van Vuuren is a member of the Royal Academy of Science and the Arts (KNAW) in the Netherlands. Detlef van Vuuren has participated as (Coordinating) Lead Author in various assessments such the IPCC, UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook and the OECD Environmental Outlook. Detlef van Vuuren has been leading several DG Research projects, including on international climate policy, transition pathways and circular economy. He has published more than 460 articles in refereed journals including Nature, PNAS, and Environmental Research Letters. In 2018, he received the Huibregtsenprize for excellent applied science.

  • Utrecht University, Master of Science Chemistry
  • Utrecht University, Master of Science Environmental Sciences
  • Leiden University, Propaedeuse Public administration sciences
  • Utrecht University. PhD Energy systems and climate policy.
Work experience
  • 1996 Utrecht University
  • 1996-2001 RIVM Bureau of International Cooperation
  • 2001-now PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Side activities
  • Professor Integrated Assessment Utrecht University


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