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Sander van der Leeuw

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Sander van der Leeuw

Sander van der Leeuw is the 2012 United Nations Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation. His expertise lies in the role of invention, sustainability and innovation in societies around the world. He and his research team investigate how invention occurs, what the preconditions are, how the context influences it, and its role in society.

An archaeologist and historian by training, he has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and Complex Systems Theory. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico.

Since 1992, he has coordinated a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. He is an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute and a corresponding Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

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