Sander van der Leeuw
Dr. van der Leeuw is an archeologist and historian by training, specializing in the long-term interactions between humans and their environments. He is recognized as a pioneer in the application of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) approach to socio-environmental challenges, technology and innovation.
In the 1990's he coordinated for the European Union a series of interdisciplinary research projects using the CAS perspective on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems, spanning all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim – the first of its kind.
In the 2000's he co-directed an (equally EU-funded) project on invention and innovation from a CAS perspective. He was the founding director of Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Dean of the School of Sustainability.
He is now a Foundation professor both schools and co-director of the Biosocial Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at ASU. He also is an External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute, a Corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and held a Chair at the Institut Universitaire de France.
In 2012, he was awarded the title "Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation" by the United Nations Environment Programme.