Sander van der Leeuw explores human-environmental connections around the world
Champions of the Earth
ASU’s Sander van der Leeuw (right) is one of 51 Champions of the Earth, a United Nations designation that recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders for their inspiration and action on the environment. The list of previous Champion laureates includes former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, pictured here with van der Leeuw at Arizona State University in 2007.
Van der Leeuw is the dean of the School of Sustainability in ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability. He also is a co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at ASU and a professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additionally, van der Leeuw is an Extenal Professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico.
Sander van der Leeuw in Greenland
United Nations Champion of the Earth, Sander van der Leeuw visited icebergs in the neighborhood of Ilulissat near the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in 2007.
Sander van der Leeuw in Morocco
Sander van der Leeuw sat atop a camel to see the dunes in the Sahara Desert outside the village of Merzouga in Morocco in 2009.
Sander van der Leeuw in Oman
Sander van der Leeuw watched with others as cattle are paraded round and round at the Nizwa livestock market in Oman in 2003.
Sander van der Leeuw in France
Sander van der Leeuw attended the international festival at the Gardens of Chaumont in Loire, France. In 2011, the festival theme was “Gardens of the future or the art of happy biodiversity.”
Sander van der Leeuw in Japan
Sander van der Leeuw has been to Japan several times and in 2008 he gave a talk about his research at Fukuoka University.
Sander van der Leeuw in Italy
Sander van der Leeuw (first row, far right) was recognized in 2012 as a United Nations Champion of the Earth for his research in human-environmental relations and the scientific study of innovation as a societal process. During his career he often worked with social scientists and scholars from around the world and from many different disciplines.
This photo is of the European Information for Society as a Complex System (ISCOM) project team who met in 2006 in Venice, Italy. Other directors of the project included Geoffrey West, a professor and past president of the Santa Fe Institute, (first row, left) and next to him, David A. Lane, a professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.