• De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam


1990 …2019
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Reinout Heijungs is associate professor at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

After his graduation in 1987 in theoretical physics from Groningen University, he went to Leiden University, first as an assistant professor in physiological physics at the Medical Faculty, and next to the Institute of Environmental Sciences, as a researcher and assistant professor in environmental science.

In 1997 he received his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis entitled Economic Drama and the Environmental Stage. After taking PhD, he spent a four-years research period at the Department of Spatial Economics of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, but returned fully to Leiden University in 2002.

Since 2013, he is again with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as an associate professor in quantitative methods. A principle task is organizing and teaching classes in mathematics and statistics for several BSc programmes. His research is done within the Mathematical and Computational Economics (MACE) group.

So far, he has successfully supervised 8 PhD students, and authored/co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as 4 books. He is or has been member of several editorial boards, review committees, organizing committees and PhD committees. He is Research Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute.

He still has a small task at Leiden University, advising PhD students and others.

Please check his personal website for more detailed information.


Characteristic keywords, now or in the past, are (in alphabetical order):

  • computational methods
  • data analysis
  • environmental footprints
  • human and environmental risk assessment
  • input-output analysis
  • life cycle assessment
  • linear algebra
  • mathematics
  • meta-analysis
  • non-linear dynamics
  • physical economics
  • scientific software development
  • statistics
  • substance flow analysis
  • thermodynamics


My main responsibility is the education of quantitative methods (maths & stats) in the bachelor programs of Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), and International Business Administration, as well as in the bachelor program Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE; John Stuart Mill College).

I am involved in teaching/coordinating/examining the following courses:

  • Business mathematics (BSc International business administration)
  • Business mathematics (BSc Bedrijfskunde)
  • Quantitative research methods I (BSc Economics and business economics)
  • Methods of PPE II: Statistics (BSc Philosophy, politics and economics)
  • Business statistics (BSc International business administration)
  • Business statistics (BSc Bedrijfskunde)
  • Quantitative research methods II (BSc Economics and business economics)

Finally, I am responsible for the matching activities for prospective students.

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Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Reinout Heijungs is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

life cycle Earth & Environmental Sciences
Life cycle Engineering & Materials Science
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
footprint Earth & Environmental Sciences
environmental impact Earth & Environmental Sciences
input-output analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
modeling Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1990 2019

Analyzing the effects of the choice of model in the context of marginal changes in final demand

Heijungs, R. & de Koning, A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Economic Structures. 8, 1, 6.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Impact analysis
Life cycle assessment
Product technology

An improved life cycle impact assessment principle for assessing the impact of land use on ecosystem services

Othoniel, B., Rugani, B., Heijungs, R., Beyer, M., Machwitz, M. & Post, P., 25 Nov 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 693, 133374.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Land use
ecosystem service
Life cycle
life cycle

A tool to guide the selection of impact categories for LCA studies by using the representativeness index

Esnouf, A., Heijungs, R., Coste, G., Latrille, É., Steyer, J. P. & Hélias, A., 25 Mar 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 658, p. 768-776 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Life cycle
life cycle
environmental indicator
assessment method

Contribution-based prioritization of LCI database improvements: the most important unit processes in ecoinvent

Reinhard, J., Wernet, G., Zah, R., Heijungs, R. & Hilty, L. M., 1 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

life cycle
environmental impact
electricity generation

Activities 2000 2018

  • 5 Editorial work
  • 2 PhD thesis examination
  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

Journal of Industrial Ecology (Journal)

Reinout Heijungs (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Sustainability (Journal)

Reinout Heijungs (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Journal of Cleaner Production (Journal)

Reinout Heijungs (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Creating global scenarios of environmental impacts with structural economic models

Reinout Heijungs (Examiner)
8 May 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Developing solution-focused sustainability assessments

Reinout Heijungs (Examiner)
3 Jul 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination