Laurens Duin is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute. His main interests include European economics, European climate and energy policy, the circular economy and urban sustainability. Laurens is a native speaker of Dutch, is fluent in English and German and has good working knowledge of French and Spanish.
Laurens is currently involved in the BRIGAID project, which aims to bridge the gap for innovations in disaster resilience and is also part of Horizon 2020. He structurally supports innovators on market research and business development for their innovations that address floods, droughts and extreme weather, through the use of an online tool called the Market Analysis Framework +.
At Ecologic Institute, Laurens helped to determine the coverage of environmental impacts in EU impact assessments for the German Environment Agency. He also supported the project Measuring the IMPACTS of the Transition to the CIRCULAR Economy (CIRCULAR IMPACTS), within the European Union's Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. For this purpose, he led a work package on designing an Evidence Library for circular-economy research and was the lead author of a case study analyzing the macroeconomic and societal impacts of concrete recycling in France, among others. He was also editor for the brochure "Innovation, Renovation, Transformation" that discussed good practice examples of projects promoting green growth across Central, Eastern and Southern Europe.
Prior to coming to Ecologic Institute, Laurens worked as a student assistant at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) on several occasions, among others assisting career pathways coordinators in their daily activities.
Laurens studied European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in European Economics and minoring in American Studies. He completed the internationally oriented master's programme European Policy at the same institution. During his studies, Laurens was responsible for the energy and climate chapters of a publication, which analyzed the relation of the Netherlands to the European Union and focused on the goals of the 2016 Dutch EU Presidency. His master thesis focuses on policy transfer in the EU in relation to the PARENT project, which aims to increase the energy efficiency of European households by providing them with real-time information about their electricity consumption.