- Associate Professor, Radboud University, The Netherlands.
Heleen de Coninck is associate professor in innovation studies and sustainability at the Department of Environmental Science at Radboud University Nijmegen’s Faculty of Science. Heleen is currently Chair of the Board of Climate Strategies. Before joining Radboud 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, and on Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage as part of the IPCC Working Group III Technical Support Unit. Her current research focus is the role of innovation and technology in the international climate negotiations.
As a researcher, Heleen’s main focus of work is international climate policy and technology. Since her joining ECN in December 2001, she worked on international climate policy, rural electrification, the Clean Development Mechanism, CO2 capture and storage, capacity building in developing countries and policy interactions. 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. Since 2008, she managed a group of eight researchers focussing on international climate policy, energy and development, and technology transfer and acted as programme manager for ECN Policy Studies.
Heleen graduated in Chemistry and in Environmental Science, specialisation climate change and atmospheric chemistry, from the University of Nijmegen. 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.