Senior Fellow and Associate

László Pintér is a professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He joined IISD in 1994 and served as the Director of the Measurement and Assessment Program between 2003 and 2010. During his time at the Institute he conceptualized, contributed to and led projects with emphasis on the state of the environment and sustainability reporting, sustainable development indicators and scenarios, performance evaluation, and integrated assessment in place-based, sectoral or global contexts. He brings a mentality strongly rooted in systems-thinking and a strategic approach, illustrated by his work on national sustainable development strategies.

Pintér established strategic collaborations with major international partners such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and with Environment Canada, Agri-Food Canada and the United Way. During 2000–2001 he spent 10 months as a Practitioner Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, where he carried out research on the relationship between the design and effectiveness of global integrated environmental assessment systems. He often serves as an advisor to various international bodies, but also values opportunities to contribute to and learn from practical sustainability initiatives face-to-face at the community level.

At CEU, Pintér lectures on sustainable development, integrated environmental assessment and adaptation at the Masters and PhD levels, and leads summer courses on adaptive management and green industry, in addition to advising a growing number of graduate students. He also serves as a member of CEU’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining IISD he worked in the biotech industry as Marketing Director for Diagnostic Technology, Inc. in the United States and as Marketing Director for Deltaco RT in Hungary. Pintér’s doctoral thesis “Making Global Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting Matter” focused on analyzing the factors that contribute to the effectiveness and influence of forward-looking, global, multi-sectoral integrated assessments, looking particularly at the case of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook.



  • Member, Advisory Group, The Integrated Assessment Society.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Global Progress Research Network , Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Member, Advisory Board, International Network of Resource Information Centers (Balaton Group).
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Energy Sustainability Observatory / HELIO International.


  • PhD – Forestry and Natural Resources (2002): University of Minnesota.
  • Master of Natural Resources Management (2002): University of Manitoba.
  • Master of Science – Agronomy (1988): St. Stephen Gödöllõ University of Agricultural Sciences, Hungary.


  • Hungarian
  • English
  • German
  • Russian
Global Goals and the Environment: Progress and prospects
Paper: László Pintér, Dora Almassy, Kate Offerdahl, Sarah Czunyi (May 27, 2015)
Sustainable Consumption and Production Indicators for the Future SDGs
Paper: Livia Bizikova, László Pintér, Gabriel A. Huppé, Heinz Schandl, Charles Arden-Clarke, Sandra Averous, Alice Mansion, Clementine O’Connor (March 23, 2015)
The IISD Guide to Negotiating Investment Contracts for Farmland and Water
Paper: Carin Smaller, Howard Mann, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, László Pintér, Matthew McCandless, Jo-Ellen Parry (October 29, 2014)
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): Targets and Indicators and the SDGs
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Heinz Schandl (CSIRO), László Pintér, Kate Offerdahl, Gabriel A. Huppé, Dora Almassy, Tilmann Liebert, Charles Thrift, Ingeborg Niestroy, Scott Vaughan (May 2, 2014)
Building Capacities to Improve Mainstreaming of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Into Development Strategies and Policies in the Caribbean Region
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Therese Yarde, Darren Swanson, László Pintér, Anya Thomas, Chris Corbin (August 15, 2013)
Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals
Paper: László Pintér (January 7, 2013)
Seeds of Knowledge
Paper: Kati Autere, Johara Belali, Charles Davies, Damaris Kinyoki, Dianna Kopansky, Daniela Lanza, Monica Mwove, Stephen Ndeti, Roshni Peshavaria, Davide Piga, Mia Turner, Sarah Czunyi, Leslie Paas, Jim Perry, László Pintér (December 18, 2012)
Training Module - Achieving National and Sectoral Development Priorities: The use of integrated environmental assessment tools for improved MEA implementation
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Chris Corbin, Graciela Metternicht, László Pintér, Andrea Sabelli, Darren A. Swanson, Anya Thomas (January 31, 2012)
Participatory scenario development for climate change adaptation
Paper: Livia Bizikova, Thea Dickinson, László Pintér (May 13, 2011)
Prospects for Mainstreaming Ecosystem Goods and Services in International Policies
Book: M.T.J Kok, S.R. Tyler, A.G. Prins, László Pintér, H. Baumuller, J. Bernstein, E. Tsioumani, Henry David Venema, Richard Grosshans (August 24, 2010)
Developing a System of Sustainability Indicators for the Lake Balaton Region
Paper: László Pintér, Livia Bizikova, Karoly Kutics, Anna Vári (April 27, 2010)
IEA Training Manual Volume Two: Vulnerability and Impact Assessments for Adaptation to Climate Change (VIA Module)
Book: Livia Bizikova, Johara Bellali, Zerisenay Habtezion, Mamadou Diakhite, László Pintér (March 30, 2010)
Vulnerability & Adaptation Work Program: Achieving sustainable development in a changing climate
Brochure: Anne Hammill, Jo-Ellen Parry, Darren A. Swanson, László Pintér (June 25, 2008)
Sustainable Agriculture: From Common Principles to Common Practice
Book: Fritz J. Hani, László Pintér, Hans R. Herren (November 16, 2007)
Strategic Environmental Assessment: A Concept in Progress
Paper: László Pintér, Darren A. Swanson, Jane Barr (November 22, 2006)
Use of Indicators in Policy Analysis: Annotated Training Module Prepared for the World Bank Institute
Paper: László Pintér, Darren A. Swanson, Jane Barr (November 22, 2006)
Field Testing the Draft Canadian Biodiversity Index: A Report on Applying Real Ecosystem Data to the CBI
Paper: Richard Grosshans, Carol Murray, László Pintér, Risa Smith, Henry David Venema (November 22, 2006)
Models and Methods of Measuring Sustainable Development Performance
Paper: Peter Hardi, László Pintér (March 29, 2006)
Sustainable Development Indicators: Proposals for a Way Forward
Paper: László Pintér, Peter Hardi, Peter Bartelmus (January 26, 2006)
Environmental Health and International Trade
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Luke Eric Peterson, László Pintér (July 15, 2005)
Sustainable Development and National Government Actions: New study identifies key issues in national sustainable development strategy process
Commentary: Darren A. Swanson, László Pintér, François Bregha, Axel Volkery, Klaus Jacob (August 19, 2004)
Compendium of Sustainable Development Indicator Initiatives
Brochure: László Pintér (March 8, 2004)
Newsletter: Heather Creech, Arthur J. Hanson, Peter Hughes, László Pintér, Marlene Roy, David Runnalls, Stuart Slayen (August 30, 2002)
Sarhad Province Conservation Strategy - Indicators for Sustainable Development - Section 2
Paper: Jeff Turner, László Pintér, Peter Hardi (January 16, 2002)
Capacity Building for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Reporting: Training Manual (2nd Ed.)
Book: László Pintér, Kaveh Zahedi, David R. Cressman (January 2, 2002)