Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between University of Louvain and Stanford University, where he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research tries to better understand the causes and impacts of land use changes in different parts of the world. He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. He was awarded the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize and the 2019 Blue Planet Prize. His current research focusses on how globalization affects land use and how private and public policies can reduce or even reverse tropical deforestation.

Research Interests

Land system science; Human-environment studies; Globalization and environmental changes; Forest transition; Land use governance; Monitoring of land-cover change by Earth observation satellites; Modelling of land-use/cover change; Tropical deforestation; Desertification; Spatial epidemiology.

Membership Type

International Member

Election Year


Primary Section

Section 64: Human Environmental Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 63: Environmental Sciences and Ecology