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An economist by training (MSc Development Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Thom moderates a team of research economists studying solutions for food and nutrition security. The team applies a variety of methods including food systems research and the in-house economy-wide model MAGNET as a research tool for the evaluation of various food, health and agricultural policies for their impact on food and nutrition outcomes, often in combination with micro-level data and models. His own research interests include metrics and foresight on food systems; nutrition-driven and sustainable consumption; equity; transformation; food and trade policy; and sustainable development. Thom (co-) leads multidisciplinary research programs on the long-term challenges related to food insecurity and malnutrition: currently he is the coordinator of the EU-funded project SUSFANS, co-leader for diagnosis and foresight on Food systems for healthier diets under the research program Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) of the CGIAR; and co-leader for Future Scenarios under the research program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the CGIAR, and task leader on foresight in FIT4FOOD2030. Recently concluded programs include the EU research program FOODSECURE and Wageningen-wide program Global food security: Scarcity and transition. Recent papers explore the sustainability performance of EU food systems, food systems R&I, the valuation of environmental and social external effects from livestock productions systems (for TEEB Agri-Food), equity issues in global food security, the relation between income, food intake and food waste, and food system governance in foresight studies.
SUSFANS: Metrics, models and foresight for European sustainable food and nutrition security (European Commission grant no. H2020 - 633962)
FOODSECURE: Exploring the future of global food and nutrition security (European Commission 7th Framework Program grant no. 290693)