Curriculum Vitae

Personal data

NameRotmans, Jan
BornMarch 29, 1961 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Marital statusMarried, two children

Education and academic degrees

1979Atheneum, Comenius College, Capelle a/d IJssel
1986M.Sc., Mathematics, University of Delft, The Netherlands
1990Ph.D., 20 September 1990, Mathematics, University of Limburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1992Part-time Professor at Maastricht University in ‘Mathematical Simulation of Human-nvironment Relations’
1997Full Professor at Maastricht University in ‘Integrated Assessment’
2004Full Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam in ‘Sustainable Transitions and System Innovations’

Professional experience

1985 1986Internship with RIVM, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection (RIVM)
1986 1989Researcher, Centre of Mathematics at RIVM
1987-1988Assistent-Manager of RIVM's board of Directors
1989 1992Project Leader of the IMAGE project (IMAGE: Integrated Modelling to Assess the Greenhouse Effect) and ESCAPE project at RIVM
1991Prize for the best thesis of the University in 1990
1992Top researcher at RIVM. Projectleader of the research project 'Global Dynamics and Sustainable Development'
1992Professor (part time) in the 'mathematical simulation of human-environment relations' at the Maastricht University, Faculty of General Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1993Nomination for Dutch Pioneer within the framework of the PIONEER-programme of NWO (Dutch Scientific Research Organization)
1994-Vice-chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institüt für Klimafolgenforschung in Germany.
1995-1997Department of Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (Division for Sustainable Development), United Nations, New York.
1997-Maastricht University, Director of ICIS (International Centre for Integrative Studies); Full Professor in Integrated Assessment.
1998-Member of the Steering Committee of the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA)
1999-Member of the Steering Committee of the RMNO (Dutch National Council on Nature and the Environment
2000-Founder of the Dutch Network KSI: Knowledge Network on System Innovation, Transition towards a Sustainable Society
2002-Vice-Chair of the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA-2), under auspices of the European Commission in Brussels
2002-IIAS-Award, Award on behalf of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics
2003-Vice-President of The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS)
2003-Founder of the European Sustainability Network, MATISSE
2004-10 million Euro grant for the Dutch research programme of KSI ‘Knowledge and competences of sustainable system innovations’
2004-200610 million Euro grant for the European Integrated Project MATISSE: methods and tools for integrated sustainability assessment
2005-10 million Euro grant for the Dutch research programme of KSI ‘Knowledge and Competences of Sustainable System Innovations
2004Top-advisor of TNO (The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research)
2004Professor in Sustainable Transitions and System Innovations at Erasmus University Rotterdam
2004Member of the Supervisory Board of the Tyndall Institute, University of East Anglia, Norwich.
2004Founded DRIFT: Dutch Research Institute For Transitions
2007Co-designer of the URGENDA


One of the pioneers in the emerging scientific field of Integrated Assessment, which tries to build a bridge between complex scientific problems and decision-making.
Participated in more than 300 national and international conferences, workshops and seminars, predominantly by giving lectures, demonstrations or presentations. Also organized national and international conferences on Integrated Assessment and Integrated Assessment Modelling in the Netherlands and in foreign countries.
During the last decade I have been involved in IPCC-work: developing the IPCC-scenarios, doing model calculations, and lead author of several chapters within different working groups.
Lead author of the book entitled 'Human Choice and Climate Change', an initiative by the Human Dimensions of Global Change Research Programme.
Co-author of two influential UN assessment reports: ‘Critical Trends: Global Change and Sustainable Development’ from UNDPCSD, and the 'Global Environmental Outlook' from UNEP, which both appeared in 1997.
Coordinator of the UN Global Modelling Forum on Sustainable Development, which functions under the auspices of DESA, UNEP, and UNU.
Founded the scientific journal 'Environmental Modelling and Assessment', together with Professors Filar (Australia) and Vrieze (The Netherlands), of which the first issue appeared in June 1996.
Founded the scientific journal 'Integrated Assessment', together with Professor Hadi Dowlatabadi of University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, of which the first issue appeared in March 2000.
Main editor together with Hadi Dowlatabadi of an Electronic Scientific Journal: the Electronic Series on Integrated Assessment Modelling, published by Baltzer Science Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Founded The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS), together with Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl (University of Osnabruck) and Prof. Hadi Dowlatabadi of UBC, Canada.
As director of ICIS (International Centre for Integrative Studies), a major task is to promote and perform integrated assessment research, and guide ICIS researchers and PhD students how to do this.
Have had eight PhD-students so far, who produced PhD-theses on: Integrated Assessment Modelling, Human Health Modelling, Modelling Complex Systems, Integrated Model-based Water Assessment, and an Integrated Approach towards Uncertainty & Risk. Currently 10 PhD-students on various aspects of Integrated Assessment and Sustainability Science.

I speak and write Dutch, English fluently and German reasonably

Research Interests

Integrated Assessment
Transitions and System Innovation
Sustainability Science
Global Change Research
Inter-disciplinary research
Transdisciplinary research
Leading interdisciplinary research teams
Innovative, applied research
Policy advising

General Interests


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