Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and Stanford University. His current research tries to understand how globalization affects global land use, and how private and public regulations of land use interact to promote more sustainable land use practices.
He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005 and is Foreign Associate at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the 2009 Francqui Prize, the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize and most recently the 2019 Blue Planet Prize, for his work to understand land-use changes, their impacts on ecosystems and the effectiveness of land use policies.
The Blue Planet Prize goes to outstanding individuals or organizations whose work have and continue to contribute significantly to the improvement of the global environment. The Blue Planet Prize serves to advance progress toward marking the earth more sustainable. All four Stanford winners are Woods Institute Senior Fellows.
Lambin joins three past Blue Planet Prize recipients from Stanford: Gretchen Daily, the Bing Professor in Environmental Studies; Harold Mooney, the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus; and Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus.
Lambin is the George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; a senior fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; an affiliate of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment; and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.