Niko Heeren


Dr. Niko Heeren

Environmental & Data Scientist


I am a PostDoctoral researcher and lecturer at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Furthermore, I am an Associate Editor for Data at the Journal of Industrial Ecology.

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.



Postdoctoral Researcher

ETH Zurich, Chair of Ecological System Design

Nov 2019 – Present Zurich, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University, Center for Industrial Ecology

Jan 2018 – Oct 2019 New Haven, USA


ETH Zurich

Jan 2017 – Present Zurich, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Researcher

ETH Zurich

Jan 2017 – Dec 2018 Zurich, Switzerland

Teacher & Consultant in Building Simulation and Certification

E4tech Software Ltd. (Lesosai)

Jan 2010 – Dec 2019 Lausanne, Switzerland

Research Assistant

ETH Zurich, Chair of Sustainable Construction, Institute of Construction & Infrastructure Management

Mar 2008 – Feb 2012 Zurich, Switzerland

Guest Lecturer

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg

Mar 2008 – Jun 2010 Strasbourg, France


Updates, thoughts, and rants

End of 2019 IEDC Update

Yes – data science is hard, especially in the Industrial Ecology domain. Therefore, we launched the Industrial Ecology Data Commons …


More info on projects coming soon

Resource Efficiency & Climate Change

Mandated by the G7 and United Nations International Resource Panel (UNEP-IRP) , we are investigating the potential benefits of Resource …

Swiss National Science Foundation NRP 66 Resource Wood

In 2010 the Swiss National Science Foundation launched athe National Research Programme 66 to investigate the potentials of wood as a …