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University of Leuven, HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA-KU Leuven)

 Contact details
Contact personDr Sander Happaerts
research manager 
StreetParkstraat 47-5300 
Address 3000 - Leuven (Belgium) 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Economics
» Political science
» Sociology
» Environmental sciences
» Public affairs

 Brief description of your activity focus
Academic and policy-oriented research on environmental policy, sustainable development and societal transitions

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
HIVA-KU Leuven has a multidisciplinary staff. Our top priorities are scientific quality and social relevance. We conduct high-quality, innovative academic and policy-related research that works for people and society. We translate our research findings into policy advice and training initiatives such as seminars, conferences and workshops. HIVA participates in numerous international academic networks.
The research team on environmental policy and sustainable development focuses on: sustainable development (sustainability transitions and transition policy, wellbeing and sustainable development, governance for sustainable development), economic and financial instruments (environmental taxes and subsidies, environmentally harmful subsidies, funding transitions), environmental policy evaluation (ex ante and ex post evaluations, effectiveness and side effects of environmental policy), adaptation to climate change (social and economic impacts of floods) and global environmental governance (Chinese climate and energy policies, EU-Asia relations, resource governance and sustainable materials management).
Sander Happaerts is research manager and part-time lecturer. He coordinates the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO), a research consortium between KU Leuven, Ghent University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and VITO. Sander is also a member of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Sustainable Materials Management (SuMMa), with a project on global and European governance of natural resources. His PhD (2011, KU Leuven, on governance for sustainable development) was awarded in the Thesis Competition of the EU Committee of the Regions.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Strengthening policy coherence & coordination in Europe
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Societal trends and lifestyles
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» How indicators are used in policy
» Developing better indicators for policy
» Use of indicators and related approaches for the evaluation of research policies and programmes

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
  • 2012-2015: Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (four partners in Belgium and the Netherlands), funded by Flemish Government, coordinator

  • 2012-2015: Policy Research Centre for Sustainable Materials Management (six partners in Belgium), funded by Flemish Government, research partner

  • 2007-2011: Policy Research Centre for Sustainable Development (three partners in Belgium), funded by Flemish Government, coordinator

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