- Associate Professor, Radboud University
Heleen de Coninck is an Associate Professor in Innovation Studies and Sustainability at the Department of Environmental Science at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Faculty of Science. She is also a Member of Climate Strategies board.
Before joining Radboud University, she at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the largest energy research institute in the countryfor over 10 years. There, she worked on international climate policy, rural electrification, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Carbon Capture and Storage, capacity building in developing countries, and policy interactions
Heleen worked on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as part of the IPCC Working Group III Technical Support Unit. She also managed a group of eight researchers focusing on international climate policy, energy, development, and technology transfer, and acted as programme manager for ECN Policy Studies.
As a researcher, Heleen’s main focus of work is international climate policy and technology. Her current research focus is the role of innovation and technology in the international climate negotiations.
Heleen graduated in Chemistry and in Environmental Science from the University of Nijmegen, specialising in climate change and atmospheric chemistry. After her studies, she worked as atmospheric chemistry researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. In 2009, Heleen finished a PhD, which she conducted alongside her work at ECN, on technology in the international climate regime, at the VU University Amsterdam, in collaboration with Princeton University in the United States.