About the WKR

The WKR is tasked with delivering science-based, strategic climate policy advice for the Dutch government and parliament, both solicited and unsolicited. The WKR works independently and interdisciplinary, and focuses its advice mainly focused on the long term.

The councilĀ  consists of 10 members coming from a variety of complementary scientific disciplines. These include ethics, environmental psychology, economics, atmospheric science climatology, and public administration. Being a council member is a part-time job, which is often combined with regular academic work and international (climate) research. The members of the council are appointed by the Dutch government every XXX years.

Current members of the WKR are:

  • Jan Willem Erisman (chair)
  • Heleen de Coninck (vice-chair)
  • Sanne Akerboom
  • Kornelis Blok
  • Marjolijn Haasnoot
  • Machiel Mulder
  • Wouter Peters
  • Wieke Pot
  • Linda Steg
  • Behnam Taebi

The council-members are supported by an executive secretariat consisting of professional advisors, headed by a secretary-director. The current secretary-director of the WKR is dr. Ruud van den Brink.