Nikolai M. Dronin is a senior researcher of Chair of World Physical Geography and Environment of the faculty of Geography of the Moscow State University, Russia. He received his diploma (1979) in Geography and his Ph.D. (1999) in Geography from the Moscow State University. His long-term research interest is a history of geography and his current research interest is a history of environmental policy of the USSR.
Johan Goudsblom is emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His publications in English include Dutch Society (1967), Sociology in the Balance (1977), Nihilism and Culture (1980), Fire and Civilization (1992) and The Course of Human History (with Eric Jones and Stephen Mennell (1996).
Jodi de Greef has a background in physics and chemistry and long-term experience in environmental systems modelling.
Sander van der Leeuw is an archaeologist and historian by training. After teaching appointments at Leiden, Amsterdam and Cambridge (UK), he presently holds the Chair of the History and Archaeology of Techniques at the Sorbonne in Paris. His main research interests are in archaeological and complex systems theory and man-land relationships and modelling. He has been involved in several research projects financed by the European Union, amongst others as coordinator of the ARCHAEOMEDES project on understanding and modelling the natural and anthropogenic causes of desertification, land degradation and land abandonment.
Robert Marchant has a background in biology and is presently working as a researcher at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics of the University van Amsterdam. He is actively involved in the BIOME 6000 project with a special research interest in South American and African palaeo-vegetation dynamics.
Aromar Revi has a background in technology, management, finance and law and is currently the Director of TARU, New Delhi. He is a consultant and researcher with extensive interdisciplinary experience in the development, public policy, technology and sustainability areas with special reference to South Asia.
Michael Thompson is a social anthropologist. He is director of the Musgrave Institute, London, an adjunct professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway, and a senior researcher at the Rokkan Centre, also at the University of Bergen. His current interest is in the democratisation of processes in areas (such as risk management, environment and development in the Himalaya, technology, and climate change) that have tended to be treated as merely technical.