I am an FWO post-doc researcher within the Environmental Research Group at the Centre for Environmental Sciences (CMK) at Hasselt University.
Originally trained as an economist, I obtained my PhD in Sciences at the same institute in 2011 on phytoremediation as a sustainable marginal land management option.
Lately I am committed to multidisciplinary approaches for research and teaching on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services. I elaborate an innovative framework effectively integrating ecological and socio-economic aspects into the valuation of biodiversity. The European INTENSE project is one example of such interdisciplinary research. It will contribute to a sustainable increase in food production, novel products for agriculture, and new perspectives for European marginalized landscapes by constructing innovative systems-based tools for the development and implementation of integrated food and non-food production serving for intensified land management of these land areas.
Moreover, I aim to improve the governance of ecosystem services in urban areas. Within this context, I am one of the co-organizers of a Summer School on economic valuation of a National Park in an Urbanized Area.
Recently, I have been accepted into the Young Academy, where my role in the coming 5 years will lie on assisting in developing a mentoring network outside academia for postdocs in Flanders, as well as on developing a framework for postdoc roles and tasks.
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