Since 2013, Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency. His academic background is undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science, specializing in international relations at Antwerp and Leuven Universities. He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the US and Europe.
From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with KU Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010.
Over the last 20 years Bruyninckx has conducted research in areas including environmental politics, climate change and sustainable development. He has taught on global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the EU, publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance. Throughout his career he has worked with and advised governmental agencies, civil society and businesses.
At and&, Bruyninckx will be sharing some of his insights based on his considerable experience as an eminent environmental researcher and advisor.