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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 7 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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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

Resource depletion potentials from bottom-up models: Population dynamics and the Hubbert peak theory

Hélias, A. & Heijungs, R., 10 Feb 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 650, p. 1303-1308 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

resource depletion
Population dynamics
population dynamics
Life cycle
life cycle

Amenity proximity analysis for sustainable brownfield redevelopment planning

Beames, A., Broekx, S., Schneidewind, U., Landuyt, D., van der Meulen, M., Heijungs, R. & Seuntjens, P., 1 Mar 2018, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 171, p. 68-79 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

decision support system

Critical Analysis of Methods for Integrating Economic and Environmental Indicators

Huguet Ferran, P., Heijungs, R. & Vogtländer, J. G., 1 Apr 2018, In : Ecological Economics. 146, p. 549-559 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

environmental indicator
critical analysis

Digesting the alphabet soup of LCA

Guinée, J. B., Cucurachi, S., Henriksson, P. J. G. & Heijungs, R., Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 23, 7, p. 1507-1511

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Estimating global copper demand until 2100 with regression and stock dynamics

Schipper, B. W., Lin, H. C., Meloni, M. A., Wansleeben, K., Heijungs, R. & van der Voet, E., 1 May 2018, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 132, p. 28-36 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ore grade
secondary production

Activities 2000 2018

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

Creating global scenarios of environmental impacts with structural economic models

Heijungs, R. (Examiner)
8 May 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Developing solution-focused sustainability assessments

Heijungs, R. (Examiner)
3 Jul 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Journal of Cleaner Production (Journal)

Heijungs, R. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Journal of Industrial Ecology (Journal)

Heijungs, R. (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

The Empirical Economic Growth Literature: Robustness, Significance and Size

R.J.G.M. Florax (Speaker), de Groot, H. L. F. (Speaker), Heijungs, R. (Speaker)
30 Aug 2003

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic