• Position:Researcher


Michiel van Drunen has been employed at the Institute for Environmental Studies in Amsterdam since January 1996. Most work deals with making environmental information transparent for decision makers, especially in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation.

Past research and consultancy activities include: supporting countries in Netherlands Climate Change Studies Assistance Programme (Bolivia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia), spatial conflicts related to the Betuwe line, development of a decision support system for soil remediation, sustainability indicators for the Amazonia region, measuring environmental performance of industries, socio-economic scenarios for climate assessments and external costs of meat production.

In 2006-2007 and from 2010 onwards he has been a member of the scientific editorial staff of the Platform for Communication on Climate Change (PCCC). In addition, he was responsible for most of IVM’s teaching activities from 2002 until 2008.


Decision support, life cycle analysis, climate change: impacts, vulnerability assessments, adaptation, greenhouse gas inventories and socio-economic scenarios.

Academic training


Ph.D.studentat the Particle Technology group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Delft University of Technology


Study Chemistry Leiden University, specialisation Environmental Chemistry

Professional employment history


Senior Researcher / Assistant professor (UD) Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam


Researcher Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam


Ph.D.researcherat the Particle Technology group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Delft University of Technology

Selected publications

Link to full publication list at IVM since 1997

  • Drunen, M. van, van 't Klooster, S., & Berkhout, F. (2011). Bounding the future: the use of scenarios in assessing climate change impacts, Futures, 43(4): 488-496.
  • Klooster, S van ’t, M. van Drunen and E. Koomen (2011). Socio-Economic Scenarios in Climate Adaptation Studies, in: J. Aerts, W. Botzen, M. Bowman, P. Ward and P. Dircke (Eds.), Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities, Routledge, Earth Scan, London, pp.27-51.
  • Gupta, J., van Asselt, H., & van Drunen, M. (2010). Global governace: climate cooperation. In J.Gupta & N. van der Grijp (Eds.), Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Cooperation. Theory, Practice and Implications for the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 134-168.
  • Van Drunen, M., van Beukering, P., & Aiking, H. (2010). The True Price of Meat. In N.Koffeman (Ed.), Meat the Truth, Essays on Livestock Production, Sustainability and Climate Change, Amsterdam: Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation, pp. 87-104.
  • Drunen, Michiel van, Bouwer, Laurens, Dellink, Rob, Gupta, Joyeeta, Massey, Eric & Pauw, Pieter (2009). Financing adaptation in developing countries – Assessing new mechanisms. Climate Change Scientific Assessment and Policy Analysis (NRP-CC-WAB), PBL, Bilthoven, 46 pp.
  • Drunen, Michiel van, Leusink, Aalt & Lasage, Ralph (2009). Towards a Climate-Proof Netherlands. In Biswas, Asit K., Tortajada, Cecilia & Izquierdo, Rafael (Eds.), Water Management in 2020 and beyond. Springer, Berlin, pp. 165-194.
  • Drunen, M.A. van (2007). Towards a climate-proof Netherlands – Summary Routeplanner. Climate Changes spatial Planning Report 007/2007, 32 pp.
  • Dorland, R. van, Drunen, M. van, Eickhout, B., Londo, M., Meer, M. van der & Veraart, J. (2007). De Staat van het Klimaat 2006 – actueel onderzoek en beleid nader verklaard. Platform Communication on Climate Change, 24 pp.
  • Drunen, M.A. van, Lasage, R. & Dorland, C. (2006). Climate change in developing countries - Results from the Netherlands Climate Change Studies Assistance Programme , CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, 272 pp.
  • Kwadijk, J., Klijn, F. & Drunen, M. van (2006). Klimaatbestendigheid van Nederland: nulmeting (Climate preparedness of the Netherlands: zero measurement, in Dutch), WL | Delft Hydraulics, 94 pp.
  • Drunen, M.A. van, Beinat, E., Nijboer, M. & Okx, J.P. (2005). Multi-objective decision-making for soil remediation problems, Land Contamination & Reclamation, 13(4): 23-34.
  • Lukesch, R., Payer, H., Amann, C., Binder, M., Bruckner, W., Drunen, M.A. van, Hinojosa, E., Fenzl, N., Fischer-Kowalski, M., Grünbühel, C., Lisio, A. de, Rennie, F. & Zárate, C. (2003). Operational Features for Managing Sustainable Development in Amazonia. EU, ÖAR Regional Consultants Ltd., Vienna, 113 pp. 
  • Berkhout, F., Azzone, G., Carlens, J., Hertin, J., Jasch, C., Noci, G., Olsthoorn, A.A., Tyteca, D., Woerd, K.F. van der, Drunen, M.A. van, Wagner, M., Wehrmeyer, W. & Wolf, O. (2001). MEPI measuring the environmental performance of industry. Sussex: SPRU, University  of Sussex, 228 pp.
  • Drunen, M.A. van, Bouma, J. & Koene, M. (2001). Controverses rondom chloor - overbrugbaar? - Eindrapportage van de Stuurgroep Chloor en Alternatieven. Utrecht: Stichting Natuur en Milieu, 102 pp.
  • Boer, J. de, Drunen, M.A. van, Lammers, P.E.M. & Olsthoorn, A.A. (2000). Nutsvoorzieningen op wijkniveau - Het milieu dichter bij de mensen: duurzamer of niet? IVM-P00/01, Institute for Environmental Studies, Amsterdam, 43 p.
  • Beukering, P. van, Drunen, M. van, Dorland, C., Jansen, H., Ozdmiroglu, E. & Pearce, D. (1998). External economic benefits and costs in water and solid waste investments , Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), R98/11, Amsterdam. 156 p.
  • Beinat E., Drunen, M. van, Janssen, R., Vickerman, R., Norman, C., Bana e Costa, C., Nunes de Silva, F., Joaquina Ramos, I.A., Gomes Veiga, R.J., Laniado, E., Colorni, A., Muratori, S., Foresti, E., Tagliavini, P. & Stagni, G. (1998).  A methodology for policy analysis and spatial conflicts in transport policies, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), R98/08, Amsterdam. 274 p.
  • Belfroid, A.C., Drunen, M. van, Beek, M.A., Schrap, S.M., Gestel, C.A.M. van & Hattum, B. van (1998). Relative risks of transformation products of pesticides for aquatic ecosystems, Science of the total environment, 222(3) 167-183.
  • Drunen, M.A. van (1997). LCA’s voor beleid en management: Nut, noodzaak en wensen (The usefulness of LCA’s for policy and management), VROM report 21217/204, Den Haag. 22 p.
  • Drunen, M.A. van, Marijnissen, J.C.M. & Friedlander, S.K. (1996). Harmonization needed for transfrontier air pollution. Ambio,25(5), 376-377.
  • Drunen, M.A. van (1996). Measurement and modeling of cluster formation. Ph.D. Thesis, Delft University of Technology.
  • Sol, V.M., Drunen, M.A. van, Louw, R. & Mulder, P. (1990). Gas phase oxygenation of benzene derivates at ca 300 K with O(3P) atoms produced by microwave discharge of N2O. Part 1. Rates and mechanism of phenol formation, J. Chem. Soc. Perkin Trans., 2, 937-942.

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