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Kees van Veen

Kees van Veen                                

Scientific Director

"The Sustainable Society theme offers a lot of opportunities for reseachers to cooperate on important societal challenges. As economic sociologist, I am convinced that close cooperations of different discplines brings important extra value. Developing a university wide theme is very helpful in opening outside doors and crossing Faculty borders. This is especially useful in a broad university as the University of Groningen which host an enormously rich academic environment.

As a reseacher, I am a firm believer in working closely with outside partners. It leads to cross-pollination, especially in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Academics can bring more to practice then they often think. At the same time, working with practice leads to sharper research questions, and often can bring detailed context information.

I am looking forward to contribute to Sustainable Society themes as from 1 April. It is exciting to work in this context. And given my broad interests, it feels like an enormous privilege.

Beside working for Sustainable Society, I am also the director of the Institute of Governance and Organizational Responsibility (IGOR), for more information visit IGOR. And for more information on what I did in the past and more recently, see my personal website."

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Aline Bus

Aline Bus

Communication Officer

"My name is Aline Bus, driving force behind the communication of Sustainable Society and Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen.

I think it is important that scientific research is visible within and outside the university. With this goal in mind creating communication concepts gives me a lot of energy. It gives a rush when I can inspire scientists and society to narrow the gap. On top of that I work with a passionate and diverse team. We keep each other sharp and complete each other. This brings a great creative energy, ambition and professionalism.  

I turn my think tank off in my workshop. Here I unwind by designing and making furniture of reclaimed materials, mostly wood. In my spare time I play the violin, visit concerts and love tasty meals. I enjoy diversity and different insights, therefore I like to travel. You can wake me up for that anytime. And for a nice cup of coffee!"

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Jaliene Kwakkel

Jaliene Kwakkel

Project & Eventmanager

"Hi! I am Jaliene Kwakkel, proud member of the Sustainable Society-team since January 2014. From as September 2018 I work as a Project & Event manager for SuSo, and before that I had the role of Communication and Event manager. In 2014 I started working here as a Communications officer, since I have a background in Communication and Information studies.

Looking at my professional-life: I have a special interest in sustainability and societal challenges. One of the many reasons why SuSo is a perfect fit for me! It inspires me to work daily with topics related to society. I get excited when I can bring people together who share the same goals and interests, this really ‘feeds’ my work-happiness. In my personal life I am most happy when I travel, play soccer and when I cook (and eat)."

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Sarah Oude Brunink

Sarah Oude Brunink

Secretary

"I would like to introduce myself: I am Sarah Oude Brunink and since 2006 working as a secretary at the University of Groningen. From October 2015 I have found my place at Sustainable Society where from September 2018 I fulfill the function of project secretary. Thinking, supporting and organising, in an inspiring environment, together with a nice team, are the keywords for my ideal job and I find all of this at Sustainable Society.

When I'm off, I like to start my days on the couch with a cup of coffee and newspaper in company of my cat Nero. Further I intensely enjoy a walk across the market to buy delicious food and I also like to visit the cinema, theater or museum."

Erica Spronk

Erica Spronk

Secretary

"My name is Erica Spronk and work as a secretary at Sustainable Society since june 2018. I love my job because I’m happy with our team and how we do our best to organize activities that matter.

I love to learn, read and listen which makes me feel at home working at the University of Groningen.

If I have a dream? Yes, running my own bookshop. One of those where you can drink nice coffee along with a muffin."

Nienke Busscher

Nienke Busscher

"My name is Nienke Busscher, since November 2018, I am the project coordinator of the knowledge platform Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen, which is housed at Sustainable Society.

In November 2018, I successfully defended my PhD thesis on the social impact of large scale land acquisitions for the expansion of soy crops, tree plantations, and nature conservation projects in Argentina (see my dissertation ‘Land grabbing and its environmental justice implications’). During my PhD I noticed that there is too little focus on knowledge dissemination outside of academia, the role of knowledge in policy making and how knowledge can be used to empower local people. This is exactly what drives me in my current role as a project coordinator: I can contribute to local issues and use knowledge for developing better policies and practices for affected people by the gas extraction and earthquakes.

In my leisure time I practice yoga and I am training to be a professional yoga teacher."

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Jacques Wallage

Jacques Wallage

Guest professor “Transitions in the public administration”, chairman of the Council for Public Administration and ex - mayor of Groningen

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