Principal Scientist at KWR and Professor in Water Management and Urban Development
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Cornelis Johannes (Kees) van Leeuwen holds a position as Principal Scientist at KWR Watercycle Research Institute and Professor of Water Management and Urban Development at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation at Utrecht University (UU) in the Netherlands. His research focus is sustainable urban water management & risk assessment of (drinking) water contaminants. He has a background in Biology (MSC, 1980, cum laude) and a PhD in Toxicology (UU, 1986). He worked at the European Commission as Director at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy. From 1992-2007 he held a part-time professorship in Biological Toxicology (environmental risk assessment) at the UU. Between 1980 and 2001 he worked in three Dutch Ministries on water, chemicals, health and the environment. Kees is experienced in managing complex multi-stakeholder processes in the science-policy interface on areas of chemicals, health and the environment and has a track-record of putting science into regulatory practice.
Specialties: urban water management, risk assessment and management of chemicals and pesticides, chemicals legislation (REACH), health and environment, biodiversity and ecosystem services, water pollution, external science advisory boards, coaching, training and capacity building (e.g. UNITAR). Kees has published more than 200 reports, publications and book chapters and edited two editions (1995 and 2007) of the book: Risk Assessment of Chemicals. An Introduction.
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