Dr. Heleen de Coninck is an associate professor in innovation studies at the Environmental Science department at the Faculty of Science at Radboud University. Her research is mainly focused on climate change mitigation, technology and policy analysis on an international level.
Prior to joining Radboud University in 2012, Heleen worked for over ten years at the unit of Policy Studies of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). At ECN, she focused on international climate change policy, energy and development, and technology transfer. During that time, she was also part of the Technical Support Unit of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III, coordinating the IPCC Special Report on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (2005) and finalised her PhD at the VU in Amsterdam on the role of technology-oriented agreements in international climate policy. In 2018, Heleen was one of the main authors of an IPCC report that explains the impacts of global warming of 1.5C, and how we may prevent this.
Heleen is a member of the board Climate Strategies, a climate policy research network that aims to improve the link between climate policy research and the negotiations at the European and UN level. Over the years, Heleen has conducted both research and consultancy for among others the European Commission, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the World Bank and several governments.
In her keynote lecture, Heleen will tell us more about how we, as researchers, play a key role in the interdisciplinary cooperation required to limit warming to 1.5C and improve sustainability in general.