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Sander Van Der Leeuw

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4804
Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4804
Dean & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5502
Biography

Director, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

Biosocial Complexity Initiative

Foundation Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Sustainability, Global Institute of Sustainability

SHESC Themes: Societies and their Natural Environments, Urban Societies

Field Specializations: Archaeology, Ceramic Technology, Complex Systems Theory, Ethnoarchaeology, Human-Environment Interaction, Identity and Differentiation, Land Use, Modeling and Simulation, Urban Origins and Dynamics

Regional Focus: Near East, Europe, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia. (Dr. van der Leeuw did archaeological and/or ethno-archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, France, Mexico and the Philippines.)

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., University of Amsterdam

Bio

After teaching appointments at gthe universities of Leyden (1972-1976) and Amsterdam (1976-1985) in the Netherlands, Cambridge University (1985-1995) in the UK; and the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) (1995-2004) in France , van der Leeuw is presently Foundation Professor at Arizona State University.
In July 2001, van der Leeuw was appointed Secretary-General of the French Conseil National de Coordination des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Societe (National Council for the Coordination of the Humanities and Social Sciences). This was followed by an appointment as Deputy Director for Social Sciences at the CNRS (2002-2003) and at the National Institute for the Sciences of the Universe, in charge of a program similar to the Long Term Ecological Research program in the US. In 2003, he was appointed chair of the Department of Anthropology at Arizona State University in the US, where he became Founding Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, an interdisciplinary unit based around anthropology that focuses on some of the major challenges of the 21st century, and subsequently Chair of the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems and Dean of the Schol of Sustainability. He is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute (USA), a correspondent of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and held a Chair at the Institut Universitaire de France. In 2012 he was awarded the "Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation" prize by the United Nations Environment Program.

Publications

D. Lane, S.E. van der Leeuw, D. Pumain and G. West) (2009) Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change Berlin: Springer (Methodos series).

van der Leeuw, S. & Kohler, T. (Eds.) (2007) The model-based archaeology of socio-natural systems. Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research.

van der Leeuw, S., Favory, F. & Fiches, J.-L. (Eds.) (2003). Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: Etudes multiscalaires sur la vallee du Rhone dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES Valbonne: Presses du CNRS (Monographies du CRA).

van der Leeuw, S. & Leveque C. (Eds.) (2003). Quelles natures voulons nous? Pour une approche socio-écologique du champ de l'environnement. Paris: Elsevier.

van der Leeuw, S. (1998). The Archaeomedes Project - Understanding the natural and anthropogenic causes of land degradation and desertification in the Mediterranean. Luxemburg: Office for Official Publications of the European Union.

van der Leeuw, S., Pumain, D. et al. (1998) Des Oppida aux métropoles Paris : Anthropos (Collection Villes).

van der Leeuw, S. & McGlade, J. (Eds.) (1997). Archaeology: Time, process and structural transformations. London: Routledge.

van der Leeuw, S. (Ed.) (1995). L'Homme et la dégradation de l'environnement. Antibes : APDCA (Actes du XVe Colloque international d'archéologie et d'histoire d'Antibes).

Research Interests

 

Dr. van der Leeuw is an archeologist and historian by training, specializing in the long-term impacts of human activity on the landscape. Dr. van der Leeuw, is recognized as a pioneer in the application of the complex adaptive systems approach to socio-environmental challenges, and in this context has studied ancient technologies, ancient and modern man-land relationships, and innovation. A native of Holland who speaks five languages, van der Leeuw has done archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland, and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico. In the 1990's he coordinated for the European Union a series of interdisciplinary research projects on socio-natural interactions and modern environmental problems. This work spans all the countries along the northern Mediterranean rim, and used the complex adaptive systems approach to improve understanding of these interactions and their impact on sustainability– the first of its kind. In the 2000's he co-directed an (equally EU-funded) project on invention and innovation from a Complex Adaptive Systems perspective. For both these projects, he was awared the 2012 UNEP "Champion of the Earth" award.

His current research interests are in the development of Global Systems Science, the study of the relationship between sustainability and innovation and the long-term evolution of human information processing

 

Publications
  • A. Wiek, A. Xiong, K. Brundiers, S.E. van der Leeuw. Integrating Problem- and Project-Based Learning Into Sustainability Programs – A Case Study on the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (2014).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. "Sustainability, culture and personal responsibility". Sustainability Science (2014).
  • van der Leeuw, S.E. "French Resilience: Designing for Change on the Comtat Plain". Solutions (2014).
  • Wiek, A., J. Harlow, R. Melnick, S.E. van der Leeuw, K. Fukushi, K. Takeuchi, F. Farioli, F. Yamba, A. Blake, R. Kutter. "Sustainability science in action – A review of the state of the field through case studies on disaster recovery, bioenergy, and precautionary purchasing",. Sustainability Science (2014).
  • van der Leeuw, S.E. Transforming Lessons from the Past into Lessons for the Future. The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (2014).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. AIMES 2.0: Towards a global Earth System Science. IGBP Global Change (2013).
  • Wiek, A., D. Guston, S.E. van der Leeuw, C. Selin, P. Shapira. The nano-enhanced city, sustainability challenges, and anticipatory governance. Journal of Urban Technology (2013).
  • Audouze, F., S.E. van der Leeuw. Un habitat de hauteur fortifié dans les Maures : le Peigros (Sainte-Maxime, Var). L'Âge du Fer en Europe: Mélanges offerts à Olivier Buchsenschutz (2013).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. "Archaeology, Networks, Information Processing and Beyond. Network Analysis in Archaeology: New Approaches to Regional Interaction (2013).
  • van der Leeuw, S.E. Invention, Innovation And Sustainability – Lessons From and For Archaeology. Aux marges de l’Archéologie. Hommage à Serge Cleuziou (2013).
  • Dearing, J.A., A.K. Braimoh, A. Reenberg, B.L. Turner II, S.E. van der Leeuw. "Complex land systems: the need for long time perspectives in order to assess their future". Ecology and Society (2010).
  • Méry, S., A Dupont-Delaleuf, S.E. van der Leeuw. Analyse technologique et experimentations: les techniques de façonnage céramique mettant en jeu la rotation à Hili (Emirats arabes unis) à la fin du IIIe millenaire (Âge du Bronze Ancien). Nouvelles de l’Archéologie (2010).
  • Miller, F., H. Osbahr, E. Boyd, F. Thomalla, S. Bharwani, G. Ziervogel, B. Walker, J. Birkmann, S.E. van der Leeuw, J. Rockström, J. Hinkel, T. E. Downing, C. Folke, D. R. Nelson,. Resilience and Vulnerability: Complementary or conflicting concepts?. Ecology and Society (2010).
  • S. Cornell, R. Costanza, S. Sörlin, S.E. van der Leeuw. Developing a systematic ‘science of the past’ to create our future. Global Environmental Change (2010).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. "The Archaeology of Innovation: lessons for our times". Innovation: Perspectives for the 21st Century, pp. 33-53, Madrid: BBVA (2010).
  • Zeder, M., J.E. Buikstra, S.E. van der Leeuw. Interdisciplinary Studies in Archaeology. The Society for American Archaeology 75 years (2010).
  • J. Rockström, W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin III, E. F. Lambin, T. M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H. J. Schellnhuber, B.Nykvist, C. A. de Wit, T. Hughes, S.E. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P. K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, J. A. Foley,. A Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Nature (2009).
  • Rockström, J, W. Steffen, J. Schellnhuber, S.E. van der Leeuw, D. Liverman, J.E. Hansen, T. Lenton, S. Sörlin, V. Fabry, K. Noone, E. Lambin, R.W. Corell, R. Costanza, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, U. Svedin, T. Hughes, H. Rodthe, P. Crutzen. "Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the safe operating space in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society (2009).
  • Rockström, J, W. Steffen, J. Schellnhuber, S.E. van der Leeuw, D. Liverman, J.E. Hansen, T. Lenton, S. Sörlin, V. Fabry, K. Noone, E. Lambin, R.W. Corell, R. Costanza, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, U. Svedin, T. Hughes, H. Rodthe, P. Crutzen,. Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the safe operating space in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society (2009).
  • D.A. Lane, S.E. van der Leeuw, D. Pumain, G. West. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change. (2009).
  • D. W. Read, S.E. van der Leeuw. Biology Is Only Part Of The Story …. Sapient Mind: Archaeology meets neuroscience (2009).
  • D.A. Lane, D. Pumain, S.E. van der Leeuw. Introduction. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change (2009).
  • D.A. Lane, R. Maxfield, D.W. Read, S.E. van der Leeuw. From population to organization thinking. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change (2009).
  • D.W. Read, D.A. Lane, S.E. van der Leeuw. The innovation innovation. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change (2009).
  • Ferrari, D., D.W. Read & S.E. van der Leeuw. An Agent-based Model of Information Flows in Social Dynamics. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change (2009).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. What is an ‘Environmental Crisis’ to an Archaeologist?. The archaeology of environmental change – Socio-natural legacies of degradation and resilience (2009).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw, D.A. Lane, D.W. Read,. The long-term evolution of social organization. Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change (2009).
  • D.W. Read, S.E. van der Leeuw. Biology is only part of the story . Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, series B (2008).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. Climate and Society: Lessons from the past 10,000 years. Ambio (2008).
  • Sander Van Der Leeuw. Durabilité et Archeeologie environnementale. Archéopages (2008).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. Agency, Networks, Past and Future. Material Agency Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach (2008).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. "Including Humans in Earth System Modelling". Global Change Newsletter (2007).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Buizer, James, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Redman, Charles, Sarewitz, Daniel, Buizer, James, Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Transforming the Global Institute of Sustainability. (2007).
  • Kohler, T, Van Der Leeuw, Sander. The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems. (2007).
  • J.A. Dearing, L.J. Graumlich, R.H. Grove, A. Grübler, H. Haberl, F. Hole, C. Pfister. Group Report: Integrating Socioenvironmental Interactions over Centennial Timescales – Needs and Issues. Sustainability or Collapse? (2007).
  • Janssen, Marcus Alexander,Anderies, John M. Stylized Models to Analyze Robustness of Irrigation Systems. The Model-based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems (2007).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw. Information Processing and Its Role in the Rise of the European World System. Sustainability or Collapse? (2007).
  • S.E. van der Leeuw, J.-F. Berger, L. Nuninger. Modeling the Role of Resilience in Socio–Environmental Co–evolution: The Middle Rhône Valley between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1000. The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems (2007).
  • T. Kohler, S.E. van der Leeuw. Introduction: Historical Socionatural Systems and Models. The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems (2007).
  • O Young, F Berkhout, G Gallopin, Marcus Janssen, Elinor Ostrom, Sander Van Der Leeuw. The Globalization of socio-ecological systems: An agenda for scientific research. Global Environmental Change (2006).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . Crises vécues, crises perçues. Temps et espaces des crises de l'environnement (2006).
  • Sander Van Der Leeuw. Climate, hydrology, land use, and environmental degradation in the lower Rhone Valley during the Roman Period. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, Académie des Sciences, Paris (2005).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Global Land Project Science Plan and Implementation Strategy. (2005).
  • Brandt, R W (Author) ,Gazenbeek, M (Author) ,Verhagen, Ph,Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . La gestion du patrimoine archéologique régional ou de l’usage des modèles prédictifs en SIG: l’Argonne, un cas d’école. Temps et espace de l’homme en société, analyses et modèles spatiaux en archéologie, (2005).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . Why Dutch archaeology isn't what it was forty years ago. Innovatie in de Nederlandse Archeologie (2005).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Aschan-Leygonie, Chr (Author) . A long-term perspective on resilience in socio-natural systems. Micro-Meso-Macro. Addressing Complex Systems Couplings (2005).
  • S Méry, K McSweeney, Sander Van Der Leeuw, W Al Tikriti. New approaches to a collective grave from the Umm an-Nar period at Hili (UAE). Paléorient (2004).
  • Sander Van Der Leeuw. Why Model?. Cybernetics and Systems - An International Journal (2004).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . Non-linear processes and archaeology. Key concepts in archaeology (2004).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Girardot, J.J. (Author) ,Favory, F. (Author) . The Archaeological Study of Environmental Degradation: An example from Southeastern France. The Archaeology of Global Change (2004).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Green, S (Author) . Vegetation dynamics and land use in Epirus. Dynamics in Mediterranean Vegetation Landscapes (2004).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Kaase, M, Godelier, M, Smith, J. Defining a Methodology to Assess the State of the Art of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. (2003).
  • Lévèque, C, Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Quelles natures voulons nous ? Pour une approche socio-écologique du champ de l’environnement. (2003).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Favory, F, Fiches, J.-L. Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES. (2003).
  • Lévèque, Chr (Author) ,Muxart, T (Author) ,Abbadie, L (Author) ,Weill, A (Author) ,Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . L'anthroposystème: entité structurelle et fonctionnelle des interactions sociétés-milieux. Quelles natures voulons-nous? Pour une approche socio-écologique du champ de l'environnement (2003).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . Les études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône. Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES (2003).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Audouze, F (Author) . Conclusion: vers une pluridisciplinarité élargie. Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES (2003).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Berger, J-F (Author) ,Favory, F (Author) ,Muxart, T (Author) ,Tourneux, F-P (Author) . Comment identifier, analyser et évaluer les dynamiques d'interactions entre les sociétés et leurs environnements?. Quelles natures voulons-nous? Pour une approche socio-écologique du champ de l'environnement (2003).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,Verhagen, Ph. (Author) ,Favory, F (Author) . Intégration et traitement des données géographiques. Archéologie et systèmes socio-environnementaux: études multiscalaires sur la vallée du Rhône dans le programme ARCHAEOMEDES (2003).
  • Godelier, M, Laredo, Ph, Bruhns, H, Van Der Leeuw, Sander. L’état des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société en France et leur rôle dans la construction de l’Espace Européen de la Recherche. (2002).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Développement d’outils pour une politique de valorisation du patrimoine paysager: le cas de l’Argonne. (2002).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) . Introduction. Princesses celtes en Lorraine (2002).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander (Author) ,De Vries, B L (Author) . Empire: the Romans in the Mediterranean. Mappae Mundi: Humans and their habitats in a long-term socio-ecological perspective (2002).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander. Why model?. (2002).
  • Van Der Leeuw, Sander, Oberg, S. Environmental Communication. (2001).
  • . . Vingt ans de recherches à Sallèles d'Aude (2001).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 300Anthropological Sciences Sem
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASB 484Internship
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
HPS 498Pro-Seminar
SSH 498Pro-Seminar
SOS 498Pro-Seminar
HON 498Pro-Seminar
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
ASM 592Research
ASB 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 191First-Year Seminar
ASB 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
SOS 498Pro-Seminar
HON 498Pro-Seminar
HPS 498Pro-Seminar
SSH 498Pro-Seminar
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASM 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ASM 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
HPS 498Pro-Seminar
HON 498Pro-Seminar
SSH 498Pro-Seminar
SOS 498Pro-Seminar
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
SOS 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
SOS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASM 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASM 592Research
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
SOS 790Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Service
  • Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Co-Director (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty International Committee, Member (2007 - Present)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Treasurer (2007 - Present)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Treasurer (2007 - Present)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Treasurer (2007 - Present)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Member of Scientific Council (2004 - Present)
  • National Scientific Committee of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, External Foreign Expert (2014 - 2018)
  • National Scientific Committee, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, External expert member (2014 - 2018)
  • ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems, Director (2014 - 2016)
  • Board of Directors, Global Institute of Sustainability, Member (2013 - 2016)
  • Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System Program of the IGBP, Co-chair (2013 - 2016)
  • Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System Program of the IGBP, Incoming co-chair (2013 - 2016)
  • Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Co-Chair (2009 - 2016)
  • Complex Systems Society (European), Chair, CCS'15 conference (2014 - 2015)
  • Board of Directors Institute of Human Origins, Member (2010 - 2015)
  • Digital Antiquity Board of Directors, Chair (2010 - 2015)
  • IHOPE Research Program (IGBP-IHDP), Co-chair (2007 - 2015)
  • Netherlands Doctoral School on Environment and Society "SENSE", Co-chair, international Evoluation Panel (2014 - 2014)
  • Complexity Economics, Member of the Editorial Board (2011 - 2014)
  • Board of Directors Institute of Human Origins, Member (2010 - 2014)
  • Digital Antiquity Board of Directors, Chair (2010 - 2014)
  • Complexity Economics, Member Editorial Board (2010 - 2014)
  • Ecology and Society, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2014)
  • Global Environmental Change, Member, editorial Board (2004 - 2014)
  • Natures, Sciences, Sociétés, Member Editorial Board (2002 - 2014)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Director (2004 - 2014)
  • Board of Directors, Global Institute of Sustainability, Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Environmental science program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Member of 3-person evaluation panel (2013 - 2013)
  • European Research Council, Member, evaluation committee 'Synthesis' program (2012 - 2013)
  • School of Sustainability, Dean (2010 - 2013)
  • Scientific Steering Committee, Analysis Integration and Modeling of the Earth System Program (IGBP), Member (2007 - 2013)
  • Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Co-chair (2009 - 2012)
  • Council of the (European) Complex Systems Society, Member (2005 - 2012)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Member, Scientific Council (2005 - 2012)
  • Ecology & Society, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2012)
  • Global Environmental Change, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2012)
  • IHOPE workshops on Maya Archaeology, Organizer (2009 - 2011)
  • Resilience 2011 International Meetings, Member of scinetific and local orgaqnizing committees (2009 - 2011)
  • Scientific Steering Committee, Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System Program, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • Board of Trustees, Global Institute of Sustainability, Member (2007 - 2010)
  • Council of the (European) Complex Systems Society, Member (2005 - 2010)
  • Ecology & Society, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2010)
  • Global Environmental Change, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2010)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Member, Scientific Council (2005 - 2009)
  • European Union/European Environment Forum, Organizing Committee, Conference on "Sustainable Development: A Challenge for European Research" (2008 - 2009)
  • Organizing Committee Conference on EU research Policy on Sustainability, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • International Human Dimensions of Global Change Program, Treasurer (2007 - 2009)
  • International Program Committee, IHDP Open Meeting, Member (2007 - 2009)
  • Midterm Evaluation Committee, Department of Archaeology, Leyden University, Member (2008 - 2008)
  • President's Academic Council, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • Fyssen Foundation, Paris, Member of Scientific Council (2000 - 2008)
  • Global Environmental Change, Member of Editorial board (2004 - 2007)
  • Arizona Academy of Sciences, Technology and Arts, Member, Board of Governors (2005 - 2007)
  • Seach Committee, Chair of School of Geographical Sciences, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Ecology and Society, Member of Editorial Board (2004 - 2007)
  • Natures, Sciences, Sociétés, Member of the Scientific Council of the Journal (2002 - 2006)
  • Search Committee for a new Provost, Chair (2005 - 2006)