Patrick Huntjens (P.M.J.M.)

Prof. Dr. Patrick Huntjens is award-winning author of the international academic bestseller ‘Towards a Natural Social Contract’ (2021), for which he received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award (Gold Medal) for best book of the year 2022 in the category 'World Cultures' Transformational Growth and Development'.

Patrick is Professor of Governance of Sustainability Transitions, Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI), School of Business and Economics (SBE), Maastricht University.

Patrick is also Professor of Social Innovation & Governance for Sustainability at Inholland University of Applied Sciences. In this role, he was awarded the national title ‘Professor of the Year 2021’.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Round Table Food Transition (2021-2025) by DuurzaamDoor, a multistakeholder knowledge and innovation programme by the Netherlands Government.

For the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), United Nations, he serves as lead author of the Transformative Change Assessment (2022-2024).

Patrick has a multi-disciplinary background in Complex System Sciences and Policy Sciences (PhD Magna Cum Laude), in Political Science & International Relations (MSc Cum Laude), and in Biology/Ecology (MSc). For his PhD dissertation (2010) he collaborated with Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom, the first woman in history receiving the Nobel Prize in Economics.