Since 2001 Jan-Erik Petersen has been at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen. The EEA is the EU body responsible for compiling and assessing information on trends in the environment in Europe. He is currently head of group for ‘major integrated assessments’ with responsibility for:
• Coordinating the conceptual development, implementation and synthesis of integrated assessments at the EEA, with a particular focus on the 5-yearly EEA report on the ‘State of and Outlook for the Environment in Europe’ and the European Ecosystem Assessment project (Eureca) of EEA;
• Supervising activities in the area of environment and health, as well as the development of shared indicator sets at EEA and the EU level;
• Co-organizing with other EEA programmes the implementation of EEA projects ‘Regional and global assessments’ that link in particular to the European Neighborhood Policy of the EU;
• Liaising with the European Commission, in particular the EU Joint Research Center, Eurostat, and DG Environment, as well as international bodies, such as the OECD, on the projects listed above as well as related activities.
Previously he was project manager responsible for the area of agriculture and environment, including contributions to major EEA reports, topic and sector reports. This involved lead responsibility for the development of agri-environmental indicators, related sectoral assessments, policy analysis and cooperation with EU institutions. He continues to guide EEA analysis on the environmental impacts of bioenergy production, including global indirect effects.
Prior to the EEA he worked as a research fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) in London, looking at EU agriculture and rural development policy, and held a post as European liaison officer for a Spanish conservation organisation.
Born in Germany, he earned an undergraduate degree in biology, agro-ecology and public law from the University of Bayreuth, Germany and a PhD in political science from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.