Constantin Ciupagea is Head of Unit for Land Resources at the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), within the European Commission, managing projects in support to EU policies. He is also the JRC Director-General’s Sherpa for the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. The most recent areas of research and policy support of the unit are: Raw Materials – policy support and monitoring indicators, coordinating the management of the Commission’s Raw Materials Information System (RMIS); Soil and Land-use policies and research – soil contamination, desertification, monitoring indicators, and linkages to CAP, SDGs and climate change; Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessments and Natural Capital Accounting. Before joining the European Commission in 2010, he was the director of the Institute of World Economy (IWE) of the Romanian Academy. Between 2006 and 2008 he acted as State Counsellor for Economic Policies at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania, while between 1994 and 1996 he was the economic counsellor of the President of the Romanian Parliament’s Chamber of Representatives. He has a PhD in macroeconomic and international trade modelling since 1997.