Heleen de Coninck
Heleen de Coninck is associate professor in innovation studies and sustainability at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (ISIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Faculty of Science. Before joining the university, she worked for over 10 years on international energy and climate policy at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the largest energy research institute in the country.
Her main field of work is climate change mitigation and policy analysis, in particular at the international level, and she has conducted research and consultancy for among others the European Commission, UNFCCC, UNIDO, UNEP, the World Bank and various governments and private sector actors. From 2002-2005, she was part of the Technical Support Unit of the IPCC Working Group III, where she coordinated the Special Report on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage. From 2008 to 2012, she managed a group of researchers focussing on international climate policy, energy and development, and technology transfer, and acted as programme manager for ECN Policy Studies. She has worked in the European Union, the United States, China, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique and Brazil, amongst other countries. Currently, Heleen is also the chair of Climate Strategies, a climate policy research network that aims to improve the linkage between climate policy research and the negotiations at the European and UN level.
Heleen graduated in Chemistry and in Environmental Science, specialisation climate change and atmospheric chemistry, from Radboud University. After her studies, she worked as atmospheric chemistry researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. In 2009, she finished a PhD on technology in the international climate regime at the VU University Amsterdam in collaboration with Princeton University in the United States and ECN. Heleen has lived in Germany, the United States, Mexico and The Netherlands.