Background and activities
Koen Kuipers is a PhD candidate at the Industrial Ecology Programme in the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU, funded by NTNU Sustainability. The research is part of the Industrial Ecology Programme's research area 1 (Ecosystems and Bioresources) and is conducted in collaboration with NINA and the ecology group in the Department of Biology at NTNU.
Furthermore, Koen Kuipers is teaching assistant at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering for the courses Industrial Ecology, Seminar - Critical Review and Communication of Science (TEP4305) and Understanding and Quantifying Environmental Impacts on Ecosystems (TEP4220).
Area of work
Elaborating the life cycle impact assessment methodology by including the representation of habitat fragmentation in land use and land use change impact categories to enhance the understanding of biodiversity loss induced by anthropogenic activities.
The research concerns efforts to quantify the implications of the introduction of barriers and land fragmentation for biodiversity loss on the global level, including spatial differentiation; to translate these findings into metrics that fit into the life cycle impact assessment framework; and to incorporate the quantification of the effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity loss into the life cycle impact assessment methodology.
Previous and other work
Working on the development of a methodology to assess the environmental impacts related to metal demand scenarios, specifically focusing on copper.
Life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) characterisation models for land use impacts on biodiversity
- MSc Industrial Ecology, Leiden University/Delft University of Technology (2016)
- BA Liberal Arts & Sciences (major: politics and human geography; minor: earth and environmental sciences), University College Utrecht (Utrecht University) (2014)