People

Dr. Nele Witters

Universiteit Hasselt
Centrum voor Milieukunde
Nele.witters@uhasselt.be
+32 11 26 87 48

She has a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Environmental Sciences at Hasselt University. She obtained a PhD in Sciences at Hasselt University. The topic of her PhD is “Cost-benefit analysis of phytoremediation of a metal-enriched agricultural area”. Her fields of expertise are the economics of phytoremediation, and the use of bio-economic models in the context of ecosystem services. Within the GREAT project, she assists at the sideline in managing work package 1.

Hossein Azadi

Hossein Azadi is a researcher at the Environmental Economics, UHasselt. He holds a PhD in “sustainable rangeland management” using fuzzy modeling. He is familiar with decision support systems and spatial modeling in socio-economic aspects of environmental impact assessment.
Hossein has broadly been involved in agri-rural and development studies including 36 national and 5 international projects among which he steered 18 projects. Besides, he has published about 70 papers amongst a series of which some have been published in high impact factor journals.
Formerly, as a post-doc fellow, he conducted two projects on “Global Land Grabbing for Food and Biofuels” at Groningen and Leiden Universities, the Netherlands. Later, he conducted his third post-doc at UGent on modeling “Agricultural Land Conversion Induced by Urban Sprawl and Transportation”. Holding this background, Hossein has recently joined UHasselt to model the environmental impacts of Smart Grids.

Sarah Elshout

Universiteit Hasselt
+32 11 26 87 42
sarah.elshout@uhasselt.be

Sarah Elshout received the degree of Master of Applied Economics at the Hasselt University. After another study and a job at the Flemish Construction Confederation she joined the research group environmental economics at Hasselt University. After being involved in a research project to coordinate sustainable and innovate collaborations at an industrial park, she now is involved in the GREAT project, where she’s mainly responsible for the follow-up of the overall project. She’s responsible for the organization of events and workshops, designing the logo and does the financial and administrative support for the Belgian partners.

Sarah Jeanloz

Her professional interests focus on human-environment interactions in fields such as sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and environmental technologies. She is a multilingual graduate in sustainable tourism with a background in biology. She possesses relevant experience in an international environment (Switzerland, Germany, UK, Belgium) and the willingness to get involved in challenging projects.
In the coming years, she wishes to gain practical experience and solid knowledge in the research institute for environmental economics at Hasselt University where she recently started her PhD. Within the GREAT project, her main focus is on the regulation of policy.

Tine Compernolle

Tine Compernolle is currently doctor assistant environmental economics at Hasselt University. She received the degree of Master of Applied Economics at the Hasselt University. In 2012 she obtained her PhD at the university of Hasselt where she analyzed the cost effectiveness of groundwater remediation strategies taking into account uncertainty. During her PhD she cooperated with the University of Ghent and the University of Tilburg. She was also involved in the EU ACCESS project during which she worked together with the Geological Survey of Belgium. As an environmental economists she is interested in the decision making process regarding the adoption of clean technologies given a complex and a uncertain environment.

Tom Kuppens

Tom Kuppens is a business engineer and obtained a PhD in Business Economics. He developed techno-economic models for thermochemical conversion technologies (such as combustion, gasification and pyrolysis) for the valorisation of short rotation coppice cultivated for soil reclamation. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the research group of Environmental Economics within the Centre for Environmental Sciences at Hasselt University. His expertise is in the construction of techno-economic models including risk analysis for clean technologies. Besides this, Tom is also active as business development support manager in the field of energy and advanced materials in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine and represents the assisting academic staff in the board of governors of Hasselt University.

Steven Van Passel

Steven Van Passel is currently Assistant Professor at Hasselt University, Centre for Environmental Sciences. He received the degree of Master of Bioscience and Master in economics at the KatholiekeUniversiteit Leuven. In 2007, he obtained his PhD at the University of Ghent (Belgium) where he analysed the sustainability performance of farms using an efficiency approach. Since 2007, he works at the Faculty of Business Economics of Hasselt University. His research concentrates on the economic and sustainability assessment of micro-systems (e.g. firm level). As an ecological and environmental economist, he is interested in conceptual and methodological aspects of assessing sustainability and in clean technologies. Within this context, he has different peer reviewed journal publications and he is responsible for several research projects.