Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire

Pr. ZACCAÏ Edwin


Edwin Zaccaï is a professor at the ULB, where since 1997 he has been director of the CEDD. A civil engineer, with a licentiate in philosophy and a doctorate in environmental studies, he also teaches at the Sciences Po in Paris. E. Zaccaï addresses socio-political aspects of sustainable development, by including environmental data in theoretical and practical analyses. After having been president of IGEAT, he currently serves as vice-president.

FOR INFORMATION ON TEACHING AND PUBLICATIONS, see also the personal website of E. Zaccaï

Domain of activity

Edwin Zaccai, born in 1955, has a obtained his PhD in environmental sciences, after completing a master in Engineering and another in Philosophy. He is a full time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), where he co-chairs the IGEAT, Institute for Environmental Management and Land Planning, and chairs the Environment section of this institute. He is the director of the Centre of Studies on Sustainable Development in this university since 1997. He has also been an external lecturer at Sciences Po Paris.

He has published extensively on multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development, with a focus on sociopolitical implications of environmental change in societies. His work, often published in collaboration, embraces topics as the precautionary principle, environmental indicators, environmental justice, sustainable consumption, the story of environmental ideas, climate controversies, and adaptation to climate change.

Edwin Zaccai has worked primarily in the academic spheres, but has also held positions earlier in his career in enterprises active in energy savings, and in the umbrella for Walloon environmental NGO’s, Inter-Environnement Wallonie. A member of the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development (1997-2012), he is part of the scientific board of several journals such as Vertigo, Développement Durable et Territoires, Natures Sciences Sociétés, Belgeo or Revue Française de Socio-Economie. He is also a member of the International Association of Sociology (RC24; RC09)


Edwin Zaccaï is a professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles, where he is director of the  Centre d'études du développement durable (Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Faculty of Science, Institute for Environmental Management and Spatial/Regional Planning), and also teaches at the Sciences Po in Paris. Please see the page on his teaching.

Publications list on Di-Fusion

For a complete list of publications and talks, consult the ULB Di-fusion database.

Pr. ZACCAÏ Edwin


Directeur / Co-directeur d'unité, Enseignant, Vice-président




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