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Dr Pascal van Griethuysen


Coordinator, UNRISD Sustainable Development Programme

Pascal van Griethuysen joined UNRISD in September 2014 to coordinate the Sustainable Development Programme. Trained in both conventional and heterodox economics, his research focuses on the intersection between economics and the environment, having published extensively on ecological, critical institutional and ownership economics as alternative perspectives on development policies and practices.

Prior to joining UNRISD, Pascal worked for 14 years at the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies where he coordinated the teaching and research programme on sustainable development. During his time there, he conducted a number of research projects in collaboration with UN agencies, international civil society and national public agencies. He has also acted as research consultant and policy adviser for public and private agencies at local, regional, national and international levels.

Pascal holds a M.Sc. in Political Economy from the University of Lausanne and a M.Sc. in International Relations from the University of Geneva. His Ph.D. is from the University of Geneva in which he investigated the potential of an evolutionary economic approach to sustainable development, a process-oriented economic perspective that acknowledges the complex, multidimensional and evolving nature of interactions between human beings and their ecological context.

While still visiting Fellow at UNRISD, Pascal joined the GCSP Executives-in-Residence Programme in October 2016. He will focus his research on the financing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the capitalist nature of climate governance.