Docteur en sciences (sciences géographiques), professeur à l'Université Catholique de Louvain et University of Stanford.
Géographie, environnement, S.I.G., télédétection; Afrique

Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between Université catholique de Louvain and Stanford University, where he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research tries to better understand the causes and impacts of land use changes in different parts of the world. He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. He was awarded the 2009 Francqui Prize in Sciences, the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize, and the 2019 Blue Planet Prize. He is member of five academies of science in Europe and in the United States. He received an honorary degree “Doctor rerum naturalium honoris causa” from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Since 2014, he is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. His expertise falls into the fields of land system science and human-environment studies. He has conducted research on forest transitions in tropical countries, land use governance, and the monitoring of land-cover change by Earth observation satellites. His current research focusses on how globalization affects land use and how private and public policies can reduce or even reverse tropical deforestation. He has published more than 215 scientific articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. He has also published several broad audience books, including “An Ecology of Happiness” (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Since May 2021, he is Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission.

Key Publications

Lambin E.F. and Thorlakson T. 2018. Sustainability standards: Interactions between private actors, civil society and governments, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43: 369-393.

Lambin E.F., Gibbs H., Heilmayr R., Carlson K.M., Fleck L., Garrett R., le Polain de Waroux Y., McDermott C.L., McLaughlin D., Newton P., Nolte C., Pacheco P., Rausch L., Streck C., Thorlakson T., Walker N. 2018. The role of supply-chain initiatives in reducing deforestation, Nature Climate Change, 8: 109-116.

Heilmayr R., Echeverría C., and Lambin E.F. 2020. Impacts of Chile’s forest subsidies on plantation and native forest extent, carbon storage and biodiversity, Nature Sustainability, 3, 701–709

Jayachandran S., de Laat J., Lambin E.F., Stanton C., Audy R., Thomas N. 2017. Cash for carbon:
 A randomized controlled trial of payments for ecosystem services to reduce deforestation, Science, July 21, vol. 357, issue 6348, pp. 267-273.

Lambin E.F. and Meyfroidt P., 2011, Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Inaugural article), 108 (9): 3465-3472.


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