Building our Biofuture: Policy issues and opportunities for next generation biotechnologies


Eefje Cuppen

Rathenau Instituut



Prof. Eefje Cuppen is director of the Rathenau Institute (since 2022). Rathenau Instituut supports the formation of public and political opinion on science, innovation, and new technology and provides insight into the functioning of the science system. Rathenau Instituut conducts research and organises dialogue. Eefje Cuppen is also part-time Professor of Governance of Sustainability at the Institute of Public Administration of the Faculty of Governance & Global Affairs at Leiden University since 2020. There she leads an interdisciplinary research program on participatory modelling and energy justice, together with TU Delft and a consortium of public and private organisations. She is one of the initiators of Leiden University's interfaculty programme Liveable Planet, which aims to develop new interdisciplinary research and education on sustainability. She is a member of the Societal Impact Team (MIT) that advises the Dutch government on the societal impacts of COVID and other pandemics. She is regularly invited to contribute to events and committees on societal and governance aspects of science, technology and innovation. Eefje Cuppen studied Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. She obtained her PhD in 2010 from VU University Amsterdam at the Institute for Environmental Issues, with a thesis on the design of a participatory method for stakeholder dialogues on environmental issues. After her PhD, she worked for 10 years at TU Delft's Faculty of Technology, Governance & Management, where, among other things, she led a research programme on controversies and citizen and stakeholder participation in policy and planning in the context of energy transition.

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