Ruben Zondervan is Executive Director of the Earth System Governance Project. He is based at the International Project Office hosted by Lund University, Sweden.
Ruben Zondervan is a specialist in international social science research management with experience in science communication, international network development, fundraising, strategic planning, project and event management, and policy advisory, and with a strong interest in politics of science and science of politics.
He studied political science, modern history, law, and economics in Freiburg im Breisgau and political sciences in Potsdam, and holds a degree in environment & resource management from the VU University Amsterdam. Prior to his current position, he gained work experience in diplomacy, industry consulting, research, and international research management.
Currently, Ruben Zondervan also serves as academic co-director of the Open Society Foundations’ Higher Education Support Program on Governance of Global Environmental Change; member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group; external expert to the EU TEMPUS Project on Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula; member of the Katerva scalability panel, research fellow of the Global Governance Project, and guest researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam.