Alexey Arkady Voinov


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Alexey Voinov is Professor of Spatio-Temporal Systems Modeling for Sustainability Science in the Department of Geo-Information Processing, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. He has been with ITC since 2009, starting as an Associated Professor in the Department of Natural Resources. 
He received his MSc in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University in 1978. In 1982, he obtained his PhD in Biophysics and Ecosystem Modeling from the same university.

Before joining ITC, he worked at the Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Maryland, at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (University of Vermont, School of Natural Resources), and at the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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Voinov's areas of professional expertise are in simulation modeling for sustainability science in application to decision support and policy making, In particular, his research is in spatial dynamic models, systems analysis in ecology and economics, strategic environmental assessment, environmental impact assessment, integrated assessment, energy and natural resources, participatory modeling, sustainability and environmental policy, model integration and interoperability.




Activities in education

At ITC, his main tasks include:

  • Supervision of a number of MSc and PhD students;
  • Teaching subjects in systems analysis, and spatio-temporal modelling.

Research interests

Activities in research

2012-16 - Knowledge Based Climate Mitigation Systems for a Low Carbon Economy (COMPLEX) - (FP7- ENV-2012-two-stage)

2014-16 - Digging into Data (DiD) Research: MIRACLE - (NSF-NWO-ESRC-SSHRC - UTwente costs)

2015-17 - Resources and Tools for Participatory Socio-environmental modeling - (SESYNC/NSF - 4 workshops)

2015-17 - Analyzing Ecosystem Services from Agroecology in the Atlantic Forest: a Participatory Modeling Approach - (Programa Ciência Sem Fronteiras, Brazil)

Activities in capacity development

Alexey is a member of:

  • the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society;
  • the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Alexey is editor of the Journal for Environmental Modeling and Software (2007 - present).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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