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Reinout Heijungs is associate professor at the Department of Operations Analytics 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.

So far, he has successfully supervised 8 PhD students, and authored/co-authored more than 150 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, as well as member of the Beta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics.

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
  • quantitative sustainability analysis
  • scientific software development
  • sensitivity analysis
  • statistics
  • substance flow analysis
  • sustainability
  • thermodynamics
  • uncertainty analysis


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

I am chairing the program committe BSc Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde).

Ancillary activities

  • Frontiers in Sustainability | Lausanne | Member of Editorial Board | 2020-01-01 - present
  • Journal of Cleaner Production | Amsterdam | Member of Editorial Board | 2020-01-01 - present
  • Sustainability | Basel | Member of Editorial Board | 2020-01-01 - present
  • Journal of Industrial Ecology | ? | Member of Editorial Board | 2020-01-01 - present
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition | Oakland, CA | Adviseur | 2023-03-20 - 2023-07-31

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Academic qualification

Environmental science, PhD, Leiden University

Basic teaching qualification, Leiden University

Theoretical physics, Master, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

High school teaching qualification, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Senior teaching qualification, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ius promovendi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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