Erik Mathijs, KU Leuven, Belgium
Talk title: Moving towards circularity in food systems: barriers and enabling conditions
Erik Mathijs is Director of SFERE (Sustainable Food Economies Research Group) and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven. He holds a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering (1991) and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (1998), both from KU Leuven. His research focuses on the practices, metrics and policies fostering the transformation of the agricultural and food system towards sustainability and resilience. Prof. Mathijs has over 25 years of experience in managing national and international research projects, including the FP7 project TRANSMANGO and the H2020 project SUFISA. He is further involved in the H2020 projects FOX, NEWBIE, SURE-FARM and LIFT. Prof. Mathijs was rapporteur and chairman respectively of the 3th and the 4th Foresight Exercise of the EU’s Standing Committee for Agricultural Research. He was also a member of the High Level Steering Board of the European Innovation Partnership on “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability". He is Chair of the Scientific Council of the Agropolis Foundation. He contributed to the RISE Foundations studies “CAP – thinking out of the box” (2017) and “What is the safe operating space for EU livestock” (2018).
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