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Frans Berkhout

Frans Berkhout is Professor of Environment, Society and Climate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, and Interim Director of the Future Earth programme, based at the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris. Between 2004 and 2012, he was director of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and from 2010 to 2013 director of the Amsterdam Global Change Institute. Professor Berkhout is a lead author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (2014) and a member of the Research Evaluation Framework (REF) of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He sits on the editorial boards of Research Policy, Global Environmental Change, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Current Opinion on Environmental Sustainability and The Anthropocene Review. His early research examined economic, political and security aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. His ongoing work explores science, technology, policy and sustainability, with a focus on climate change.


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