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Harmen Verbruggen is emeritus Professor of International Environmental Economics at the VU University Amsterdam, Department of Spatial Economics. He is past Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and past Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the same university.


Harmen Verbruggen’s major field of specialisation is the interplay between development economics, international economic relations and environmental studies. His research interests cover the interrelationships between environment and international trade, the international coordination of environmental policies, environmental policy instruments and clean technology.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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