Niko Heeren

Industrial Ecology Scientist


I am an Adjunct Professor for Industrial Ecology at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology NTNU, a lecturer for Prospective Environmental Assessment at ETH Zurich, and sustainability specialist at the city of Zurich. Furthermore, I am a Data Editor at the journals of Industrial Ecology and Nature Scientific Data.

My research focuses on the analysis and forecast of environmental impacts of socio-economic systems, such as building stocks. In my work I often combine methods and tools from the environmental and computational science disciplines to develop, for instance, probabilistic approaches for big data analysis.

  • Doctor of Sciences in Environmental Engineering, 2017

    ETH Zurich

  • MSc ClimaDesign, 2011

    TU Munich

  • MAS Architecture & Développement Durable, 2008

    EPF Lausanne

  • BSc Environmental & Resource Management, 2006

    TU Cottbus


Building & Building stocks Analysis

Thermal simulation, BIM, certification, etc.

Open Sustainability Science

Research & Teaching in Industrial Ecology, LCA, MFA, etc.

Computer modelling

Python, SQL, GIS, Big data, etc.


Adjunct Professor for Industrial Ecology
Jan 2020 – Present Trondheim, Norway
Specialist for Sustainable Construction
Jan 2020 – Present Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 2017 – Present Zurich, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Associate
Jan 2018 – Oct 2019 New Haven, USA
Teacher & Consultant in Building Simulation and Certification
Jan 2010 – Dec 2019 Lausanne, Switzerland
Postdoctoral Researcher
Jan 2017 – Dec 2018 Zurich, Switzerland
Research Assistant
ETH Zurich, Chair of Sustainable Construction, Institute of Construction & Infrastructure Management
Mar 2008 – Feb 2012 Zurich, Switzerland
Guest Lecturer
Mar 2008 – Jun 2010 Strasbourg, France