Frans Berkhout

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"Frans Berkhout is Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, and Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and the Amsterdam Global Change Institute, both at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Until 2004 he was with SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex (UK). He holds a Geography BSc (University of Leeds, 1983) and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies (University of Sussex, 1989). He did post-doctoral research at Princeton University (US). Among other advisory roles, Professor Berkhout will be a lead author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (2013/14). Professor Berkhout has extensive research, management and research training experience across a number of fields. His early research was concerned with the economic, political and security aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. His more recent work has been concerned with technology, policy and sustainability, with a specific focus on climate policy."[1]


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  1. IVM Frans Berkhout, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2012.