Prof. Sander van der Leeuw

Prof. Dr. Sander van der Leeuw

Senior Fellow

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.

Archaeology, sustainability, complex systems

Publikationen vor der Tätigkeit am IASS

  • 1998 The Archaeomedes Project - Understanding the natural and anthropogenic causes of land degradation and desertification in the Mediterranean. Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Union
  • 2003 (ed., with F. Favory and J.-L. Fiches) Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES Valbonne : CNRS (Monographies du CRA).
  • 2003 (ed. with C. Lévèque), Quelles natures voulons nous ? Pour une approche socio-écologique du champ de l'environnement. Paris: Elsevier
  • 2007 (ed. with T. Kohler), The Model-Based Archaeology of Socio-natural Systems, Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research
  • 2009 (ed., with D. Lane, D. Pumain and G. West) Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change Berlin: Springer (Methodos series).
  • 2009 Rockström, J. W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin III, E. F. Lambin, T. M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H. J. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C. A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S.E. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P. K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, J. A. Foley, "A Safe Operating Space for Humanity", Nature vol. 461, September 24, 2009, 472-475
  • 2011 Westley, F., P. Olsson, C. Folke, Th. Homer-Dixon, H. Vredenburg, D. Loorbach, J. Thompson, M. Nilsson, E. Lambin, J. Sendzimir, B. Banarjee, V. Galaz, S.E. van der Leeuw, "Tipping Towards Sustainability: Emerging Pathways of Transformation", Ambio, 40(7): 762-780
  • 2015 Verburg, P. H., J. Dearing, J. Dyke, S.E. van der Leeuw, S. Seitzinger, W. Steffen, J. Syvitski, " Methods and Approaches to Modelling the Anthropocene", invited paper Global Environmental Change (Special Issue on Anthropocene) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.08.007
  • 2015 Bai, X, S.E. van der Leeuw, K. O'Brien, F. Berkhout, F. Biermann, W. Broadgate, E. Brondizio, C. Cudennec, J. Dearing, A. Duraiappah, M. Glaser, A. Revkin, W. Steffen, J. Syvitski, "Plausible and Desirable Futures in the Anthropocene: A New Research Agenda?", invited paper Global Environmental Change (Special issue on the Anthropocene) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378015300546
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1963-1964
  • Furbright Postdoctoral grant, 1976-1977
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Prehistory, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia, 1984
  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) 1988
  • Corresponding Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences 1995-
  • External Professor, Santa Fe Institute 2001-
  • Marion R. & Adolph J. Lichtstern Distinguished Research Scholar, University of Chicago, USA. 2003
  • Chair of Archaeology, Institut Universitaire de France 2003-
  • UNEP Champion of the Earth for Science and innovation, 2012
  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Arizona Staste University 2014