BA (1968), MA (1972), PhD (1976) University of Amsterdam; MA University of Cambridge; Researcher, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (1972-1976), Wetenschappelijk Medewerker, Universiteit van Amsterdam (1976-1985), Lecturer, Cambridge University (1985-1995), Professeur en Histoire et Archéologie des Techniques, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) (1995-2004), (Foundation) Professor of Anthropology and Sustaionability, Arizona State University (2003-present).
My expertise lies in the role of invention, sustainability, and innovation in societies around the world. He and his research team investigate how invention occurs, what the preconditions are, how the context influences it, and its role in society. An archaeologist and historian by training, Dr. Van der Leeuw has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and Complex Systems Theory. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. Since 1992 he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. The work spans all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim.