Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between University of Louvain and Stanford University, where he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship. 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 2009 Francqui Prize in Sciences, 2014 Volvo Environment Prize, and 2019 Blue Planet Prize. He is member of the Académie Royale des sciences, des lettres & des beaux-arts de Belgique, Academia Europaea, European Academy of Sciences, and U.S. National Academy of Sciences. His current research focusses on how globalization affects land use and how private and public policies can reverse tropical deforestation. He published several broad audience books, including “An Ecology of Happiness” (University of Chicago Press, 2012). He is member of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors.