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