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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 scientist 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
Scientific director Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development


Shanty Vriesema

Project & Event Manager Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development


Marco in 't Veldt

Marco in 't Veldt
Communications Advisor Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development


Astrid Bakker
Astrid Bakker

Management/office assistant


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dr. Kees van Veen. 'Strategic Advisor to Agricola, Former scientific director, on sabbatical leave. Specialisaties: Corporate governance, SDG 12 on Food, Sustainability Education.

Visiting professors

Jacques Wallage

dr. Benjamin Leruth
Director of the research theme Democracy & Governance - Assistant Professor, Political Science,Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
- Expertise: Comparative Public Policy; Social Policy; Differentiation in the European Union; Euroscepticism; Political Long-Termism

Will Steffen

dr. Francesca Giardini
Director of the research theme Disaster Resilience. Francesca is Associate Professor of Sociology and is 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.

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dr. Francesco Giumelli
Director of the research theme Illicit Trade - Associate Professor in International Relations and International Organization

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dr. Michiel N. Daams
Director of the research theme Sustainable Landscapes.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: m.n.daams

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