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The Institution

The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) is an independent public agency. It draws up studies and projections on economic, social and environmental policy issues and on the integration of these policies within a context of sustainable development.

Johan Pauwels

Since December 2001, Johan Pauwels has been working at the Federal Planning Bureau as an expert in the Task Force on Sustainable Development. Within the framework of a transdisciplinary approach, he contributes to the analyses of the present situation, the policy assessments and the prospective scenarios in the Federal Reports on Sustainable Development. He holds a master's degree in economic sciences (Ghent University, 1982) and a certificate in text editing (teksten herteksten, KU Leuven, 1995).

His areas of expertise include development issues and indicators, both within the context of sustainable development, as well as editing and communication. He coordinates the Sustainable Development Indicators project ( From 2003 until 2006, he was seconded to the Federal Public Planning Service Sustainable Development as a communication consultant.

Before joining the Federal Planning Bureau, Johan Pauwels worked as an assistant at the University of Antwerp, as a research and policy adviser at the National Centre for Development Cooperation and as a scientific staff member of the Federal Council for Sustainable Development.




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