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Staff members with discipline Agriculture, Multidisciplinary

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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I am scientific coordinator at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG) at the Faculty of Science & Engineering. With ESRIG we perform outstanding research that contributes to sustainable energy transition, and resource exploitation and utilization in the coming decades for more people in farer and cleaner way.Moreover, within the University of Groningen I am responsible for the development of a community of researchers working in the field of Energy Research. With initiatives like the Wubbo Ockels School for Energy and Climate our aim is to connect scientists with different academic backgrounds with the goal to initiate novel interdisciplinary research projects aiming for innovative breakthroughs in the global energy and climate challenges. Finally, I am chairing the working group of the Netherlands Energy Research Alliance, which comprises of almost all academic research organisations in The Netherlands that conduct Energy Research.
L. (Leo) Dvortsin
+31 50 36 36833
Scientific coordinator Energy & Sustainability
Conservation, Entomology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, Fruit protection
K. (Karla) Escobedo Quevedo, MSc
PhD student
R.A. (Ruth) Howison, PhD
T. (Thomas) van Huyssteen
PhD student
Energy Modelling
Biobased Economy
Land use systems
Integrated Sustainability Assessment
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Land use change
Ecosystem services
GHG emissions
Carbon sequestration
Peatland use
Forest management
W. (Weier) Liu
Environmental impacts (global) foodsupply system,
Sustainable food consumption patterns,
Sustainable dairy production systems,
Sustainable agriculture
Options for biomass as energy source, 
Biofuels and the competition with foodsupply,
Environmental impacts biobased products,
Water-Energy-Food nexus,
Circulair economy.
A.C. (Ana C.) Rodrigues, MSc
Project expert in Rural Development and Agricultural Education
Pablo Tittonell is Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) with a seat at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria(INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and holds a part time WWF-endorsed Chair Professorship on Resilient Landscapes by the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, in The Netherlands. He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA of the University of Montpellier, France and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and farming systems analysis. He participated in a diversity of research and development projects around the world on design, resilience and adaptation of farming systems, with a focus on social-ecological processes at the agriculture-nature interphase. His career in the international research arena (UN-CGIAR) started at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya, and includes a period at the University of Zimbabwe, where he run research and educational programmes on soil fertility, conservation agriculture and agroecosystems modelling. He worked at CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France where he led a research team on Systems Design and Evaluation with activities in La Réunion, Brazil, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Benin, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is a board member of the Montpellier-based Agropolis Foundation, of the Latin American Society for Agroecology (SOCLA). Chief editor of Agricultural Systems and editorial board member of the journals Global Food Security, Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Land Degradation and Development. He published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, consults for the FAO and for three of the collaborative CGIAR programs, and supervises a number of PhD students with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
P.A. (Pablo) Tittonell, Prof Dr
Keywords to describe research:
social impact assessment; social impact management; project induced displacement & resettlement; social licence to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries & society; business & human rights; human rights impact assessment; Indigenous rights; Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC); benefit sharing; community engagement; public participation; avoiding the resource curse; shared value; corporate social responsibility; university social responsibility; sense of place; place attachment; endogenous regional development; rural communities; social aspects of climate change; applied social research; rural sociology; environmental sociology; natural resource sociology; sociology of agriculture & food; human geography; cultural geography.

Other matters to note:

Prof Vanclay was awarded the 2014 Individual Award from the International Association for Impact Assessment for his sustained contribution to the theory and practice of social impact assessment.
Prof Vanclay has been a visiting professor with: the University of Eastern Finland, 2012; the University of Sao Paulo (San Carlos campus), Brazil,  2012; the University of Southern Queensland, 2016; National Taiwan University, 2017; and the North West A&F University, China, 2017. 

Prof Vanclay was President of the International Rural Sociology Association from 2000 to 2004. He also has a long affiliation with the International Association for Impact Assessment including past member of its Board of Directors, and various Committee Chair appointments. He was Program Chair for the Tenth World Congress of Rural Sociology (Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2000).
F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay, Prof Dr
+31 50 36 38657
Professor of Cultural Geography
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