Niko Heeren

Dr. Niko Heeren

Dr. Niko Heeren

Environmental & Data 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 a project manager for Sustainable Construction at the city of Zurich. 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.



Adjunct Professor

Norwegian University of Science & Technology NTNU

Jan 2020 – Present Trondheim, Norway

Project Manager Sustainable Construction

City of Zurich

Jan 2020 – 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 (IEDC) earlier this year. It allows researcher to quickly download data from important Industrial Ecology research papers. In a final update for this year, we uploaded another 10+ datasets to the Industrial Ecology Data Commons (IEDC) server. With that update, the database now holds approximately 1.1 million data points from more than 180 datasets.


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 Efficiency for future greenhouse gas emissions. Project ends 2019. Find related content and publications here.

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 national resource. The team led by Prof. Hellweg investigated the ecological implications of wood use. The project had a budget of 1 million Swiss Francs and brought forward three PhDs. I was lucky enough to be one of those PhD students and my project looked into the ecological potentials of wood use in buildings.