Paul-Marie Boulanger

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Paul-Marie Boulanger
Paul Marie Boulanger, August 2020.tif
Born (1950-03-19) March 19, 1950 (age 73)
EducationUniversity of Strasbourg, Leuven

Paul-Marie Boulanger is a Belgian

active in the study of sustainable development and consumption.


Paul-Marie Boulanger received his degrees in sociology from the University of Strasbourg and that of Leuven. His work at the Demography Department of the Catholic University of Leuven focused on demographic, social security and labour market,[1][2] while when working at the European Agency for Development and Health he was concerned – also as responsible of the Agency’s information system – with food security and famine prevention in Africa.[3] Paul-Marie Boulanger is one of the founders of the Institute for Sustainable Development (Belgium) where he worked since 1996 on sustainable development and transitions. Between 1999 and 2016 he was president of the Institute. Several of his papers are in the theory of sustainable development and consumption.[4][5] His work on models for sustainable development [6] has been used by several authors.[7][8] Boulanger also worked on social indicators of human well-being,

composite indicators,[9][10]
including an analysis of the scarce traction of indicators of development meant to unseat GDP as a measures of progress.

He also studies the application of the theories on Niklas Luhmann, such as to science’s reproducibility crisis [14] and to interpreting the present pandemic.[15]


  1. ^ P.-M. Boulanger, “Consumer Society,” in Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide, J. Mansvelt and P. Robbins, Eds. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks California 91320 United States: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2010.
  2. ^ P. M. Boulanger, “Basic income and sustainable consumption strategies,” Basic Income Stud., vol. 4, no. 2, Sep. 2009.
  3. ^ C. De Jaegher, D. Michiels, and P.-M. Boulanger, SYSTÈMES D’INFORMATION POUR LA SÉCURITÉ ALIMENTAIRE - L’expérience AEDES en Afrique, AEDES. 2004.
  4. ^ P.-M. Boulanger, “Indicateurs de développement durable et participation citoyenne : une entreprise paradoxale,” Participations, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 147, 2017.
  5. ^ P. M. Boulanger, “Political uses of social indicators: overview and application to sustainable development indicators,” Int. J. Sustain. Dev., vol. 10, no. 1/2, p. 14, 2007.
  6. ^ P. M. Boulanger and T. Bréchet, “Models for policy-making in sustainable development: The state of the art and perspectives for research,” Ecol. Econ., vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 337–350, Nov. 2005.
  7. ^ S. Sala, F. Farioli, and A. Zamagni, “Progress in sustainability science: Lessons learnt from current methodologies for sustainability assessment: Part 1,” Int. J. Life Cycle Assess., vol. 18, no. 9, pp. 1653–1672, Nov. 2013.
  8. ^ B. Ness, S. Anderberg, and L. Olsson, “Structuring problems in sustainability science: The multi-level DPSIR framework,” Geoforum, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 479–488, May 2010.
  9. ^ a b P. M. Boulanger, “Elements for a comprehensive assessment of public indicators,” Ispra - Italy, 2014.
  10. ^ a b P. M. Boulanger, “A systems-theoretical perspective on sustainable development and indicators,” in Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators and Indices, S. Bell and S. Morse, Eds. Taylor & Francis., 2018.
  11. ^ Judith Curry , 2021, Excerpts from A CLIMATE OF DIALOGUE, Climate Etc., February 12.
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  13. ^ M. Kuc-Czarnecka et al., “Quantitative storytelling in the making of a composite indicator,” Soc. Indic. Res., vol. 149(3), 77, no. 3, pp. 775–802, 2020.
  14. ^ A. Saltelli and P.-M. Boulanger, “Technoscience, policy and the new media. Nexus or vortex?,” Futures, vol. 115, p. 102491, Nov. 2019.
  15. ^ P.-M. Boulanger and A. Saltelli, “Pandemic Luhmann,” SSRN Electron. J., May 2020.