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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 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 (Economie en Bedrijfseconomie), 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 also involved in the minor Operations Analytics.

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 Economie en bedrijfseconomie)
  • 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 Economie en bedrijfseconomie)
  • Data Analytics (Minor Operations Analytics)

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
Sustainable development Engineering & Materials Science
sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
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 2018

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle

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 journalEditorial

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 journalArticle

ore grade
secondary production

Green and clean: Reviewing the justification of claims for nanomaterials from a sustainability point of view

Pallas, G., Peijnenburg, W. J. G. M., Guinée, J. B., Heijungs, R. & Vijver, M. G. 3 Mar 2018 In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 10, 3, 689

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
carbon emission
Nanostructured materials
Sustainable development