Prof. Jan-Pieter Smits was appointed endowed professor of Quantification of Sustainability in the School of Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He delivered his inaugural lecture ‘Measuring what matters: a long-term view of sustainability’ January 26, 2018.
Economic growth does not necessarily foster sustainable development. Jan-Pieter Smits examines which indicators are needed to chart society’s sustainability. Additionally, he examines the extent to which economic growth has resulted in developments that have met the criteria of sustainability over the past 150 years.
Jan Pieter Smits will be involved in historical research projects that may help to engineer a more sustainable future for humanity.