Lambin, Eric F.

Lambin, Eric F.
University of Louvain, Belgium; Stanford University

Eric Lambin divides his time between the University of Louvain, Belgium (from mid-June to December every year), where he is professor at the Department of Geography, and Stanford University, where he occupies the George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth Sciences  and Woods Institute for the Environment  (from January to mid-June every year).

He leads a research team that is involved in several international scientific projects on human-environment interactions in different parts of the world. These projects combine remote sensing, socio-economic data, and spatial models to better understand and predict terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and their impacts.

He was chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (IGBP/IHDP LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. He also contributed to the United Nations programme Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is often consulted by international organisations on issues related to tropical deforestation, desertification, the potential role of tropical forests in mitigating climate change, and environmental impacts of biofuels.

He is foreign associate at the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the five Belgians to have this honour. He is also member of the European Academy of Sciences, the “Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique” and associated member of the “Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer de Belgique”.

He was awarded the 2009 Francqui prize the most prestigious scientific prize in Belgium that was presented to him personnaly by His Majesty Albert II, the King of Belgium.

Eric Lambin has published numerous scientific papers and two broad audience books: The Middle path: Avoiding environmental catastrophe  (University of Chicago Press, 2007, translated from “La Terre sur un fil”) and “Une écologie du bonheur” (Editions Le Pommier, 2009, to be translated soon).  This latter book was awarded the 2010 Prize for the Book on the environment of the Veolia Foundation.