I am researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in
I hold an endowed professorship in Philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS), Maastricht University.
In 2010, I received a VIDI grant from NWO to establish a new research team to develop global economic instruments to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services. The research team pursues the following three key objectives:
This project is unique in at least two ways. First, it explicitly investigates the ideal long-term situation at a global level, and second, it takes a truly interdisciplinary approach integrating ecology, economics and moral philosophy.
VIDI grants are part of the Innovational Research Incentives Schemes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and are targeted at excellent researchers who want to develop their own innovative line of research and appoint one or more researchers. Applicants must have completed their doctorates and should already spent some years conducting post-doctoral research. The maximum amount of the grant is € 800,000 for a period of five years.
For other research at the interface between ethics and environmental economics see my list of publications.
BSc/MSc Physics 1984-1989, University of Amsterdam
PhD Physics 1990-1994, Van der Waals-Zeemanlaboratorium, University of Amsterdam.
BA/MA Philosophy 1991-1995, University of Amsterdam
PhD Philosophy 2009, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam.
Senior consultant environmental economics at CE Delft (1994-2003; 2007-2011)
Lecturer at University of Amsterdam (1996-1997; 2003-present)
Senior researcher at Center for Bio-ethics and Health law, University of Utrecht (1999-2001)
Post-doc researcher at the Research group Ethics of the University of Amsterdam (2003-2006)
Lecturer at Leiden University (2008)
Researcher at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of the University of Amsterdam (2011 -present)
Endowed professor in Philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development(ICIS), Maastricht University (2015-present).
NWO VIDI-grant (2011 - 2016): A long-term compass for the protection of global biodiversity, Budget € 800.000.
NWO grant in programme Ethics, research and governance (2003-2007) : Testing moral choices in economic analysis models for climate policy to positive law, Budget € 160.542
Several grants from Dutch government for policy research.