Sander van der Leeuw

Sander van der Leeuw

Foundation ProfessorArizona State University

An archeologist and historian Prof. Sander van der Leeuw has been specializing in the long-term interactions between humans and their environments. Pioneer in the application of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) approach to socio-environmental challenges, technology and innovation. Coordinator of the ARCHAEOMEDES interdisciplinary research program (1991-2000) using the CAS perspective on socio-natural interactions and environmental problems in S. Europe - the first of its kind. Co-director of the ISCOM project on invention and innovation from a CAS perspective (2003-2007). Founding director of Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2003-2011) and Dean of its School of Sustainability (2010-2013). Now co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, and Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences he held a Chair at the Institut Universitaire de France (2003-2008). In 2012, he was awarded the title "Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation" by UNEP. 

Region: 
Europe
Sectors: 
Agriculture, Waste, Water