Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development
Bringing sustainability science forward
More About us


Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development

The Agricola Office consists of a team of four employees. In addition, each theme has a theme director who manages the core team of scientists involved in the theme. We have established a Scientific Council with members from different faculties who function as an advisory board in further developing Agricola within the UG. Curious who we are? Meet the team below!

Kees van Veen

dr. Frans J. Sijtsma
Dr. Frans J. Sijtsma is a well-respected leader in the field of economics and sustainability, with a PhD in evaluation and sustainability. His extensive experience at the University of Groningen and prior work at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency make him an ideal candidate to lead the Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development. Sijtsma's research focuses on the value of nature and landscape in economic development and spatial planning, and he is also a seasoned educator in the fields of evaluation, economic geography, and nature valuation. With a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to sustainability, Dr. Sijtsma is a valuable asset to the school and the wider community. He is dedicated to advancing the field through cutting-edge research, innovative teaching methods, and effective engagement with stakeholders.

E-mail: f.j.sijtsma

decorative image

Irene Maltagliati
works as scientific coordinator at the Agricola School. She has a background in health, social, and environmental psychology, and has a strong interest in sustainability issues. She has experience with combining research and education with practical projects.

E - Mail: i.maltagliati , Tel. 06 31985410

Marco in 't Veldt

Marco in 't Veldt
Communications Advisor Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development. In 't Veldt is responsible for communicating the news and performance of the organization to scientists and the media. With his experience and expertise in communication and publicity, he helps employees and fellows to clearly convey the message of the organization, both internally within the university and externally. E-mail: Tel. 06 42932570

Astrid Bakker
Astrid Bakker

Management assistant/eventmanager Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development. Astrid Bakker is known for her excellent organization and administrative skills. She has a hands-on mentality and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure our Fellows and team members are supported and able to achieve their goals.

E-mail: a.l.h.bakker

decorative image

Wanli Zheng works as Lead Strategic Partnerships and Research Development for the Agricola School. He is responsible for setting up long-term alliances and establishing an international PhD community on sustainable development with external partners.

Zheng has a background in agriculture, energy and environment sciences. With his experience and expertise bridging research strengths with externals, he also works with academic leads to organize consortia and establish new research themes.

Are you interested in a longer term cooperation? Contact Wanli Zheng.

decorative image

dr. Kees van Veen. Strategic Advisor to the Rudolf Agricola School, Former scientific director. Specialization: Corporate governance, SDG 12 on Food, Sustainability Education. E-mail: k.van.veen

decorative image

Douwe - Jan Schrale. Transdisciplinairy Installations

Douwe-Jan Schrale connects, whether it's art, science, history, sustainability, nature, technology, or practice. He draws the lines and tells new stories with unique experiences. You can now take a biodiversity audio walk created by him on the Zernike campus, which takes you through time.

For the Rudolf Agricola School, he will build participative installations and experiences that involve the public in the creative and investigative process of the sustainability revolution. So we can move forward together!

E-mail: d.j.schrale

decorative image

Anna Jegorenkova

Student Assistant


decorative image

Lola Tucker

Student Assistant

E-mail: l.i.tucker

Jan Temme

Jan Temme - Visiting Junior Researcher

studied musicology (M.A.) and theology (Mag. theol.) in Freiburg, Vienna, and Oslo. Aside from this, he has a strong interest in languages and interdisciplinary work regarding sociological and political phenomena. In his current project at the Rudolf Agricola School he‘s researching Agricola’s understanding of knowledge and how his approach towards thinking can be used as an inspiration for, while at the same time be challenged by, sustainability communication of today. This project aims to confront academic research and a more and more emotionalised public. 

Theme Directors

Jacques Wallage

dr. Pier Tortola
Director of the research theme of Democracy & Governance, dr. Tortola is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts. E-mail: p.d.tortola

Will Steffen

dr. Francesca Giardini
Director of the research theme Risk, Crises and Resilience, Giardini is Associate Professor of Sociology and the coordinator of the Sociology Master's route: Sociologie van de netwerk samenleving. Her research interests include: collective risk perception; agent-based models for disaster risk reduction; interorganizational networks for disaster prevention and recovery. E-mail: f.giardini

decorative image

dr. Francesco Giumelli
Director of the research theme Development & Security, Francesco Giumelli is an expert in International Relations and International Organization. As an Associate Professor, his research focuses on the interplay between international institutions, states and non-state actors in the context of illicit trade. Due to his experience in the field he is highly regarded for his analysis and expert opinions. Giumelli's work sheds light on the complex issues surrounding illicit trade and provides insights for policy-makers and practitioners. E-mail: f.giumelli

decorative image

dr. Michiel N. Daams
Director of the research theme Sustainable Landscapes & Regions. Michiel’s work has informed and co-created analytical processes in international policy organizations and real estate multinationals as well as in various other layers of society, government, and business. E-mail: m.n.daams

Last modified:16 May 2024 12.41 p.m.
View this page in: Nederlands
Follow us onyoutube twitter