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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.

Mathijs Buts

Mathijs Buts (graduate in political sciences) has been working as an analyst in the Task Force on Sustainable Development since 2007. Using a transdisciplinary approach, he contributes to analyses of the present situation, to policy assessments and to prospective scenarios for the Federal Reports on Sustainable Development.

To this end, he focuses on the interaction between institutional aspects on the one hand and the economic, environmental and social dimensions on the other. In order to examine how the government can steer society towards sustainable development, the federal strategy for sustainable development plays an important role, with its actors, products and instruments: the federal plans and reports, the FCSD and its recommendations, the ICSD and its reports, the DOEB/EIDD, the long-term policy vision for sustainable development, etc. His areas of interest also include sustainable development strategies at other policy levels, civil participation and steering processes, such as transition management, and the way policy plans are developed in a coordinated manner.

Before joining the Federal Planning Bureau, he worked as a researcher for the University of Antwerp and as a consultant for the building industry.




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