Mission & Domain

Based on our mission, we focus on the domain of food and living environment.

Our mission

To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life

This is Wageningen University & Research’s (WUR) mission. Wageningen University & Research is a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. We do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide. That is why we do fundamental research all over the world. And finally, we also train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology.

Our domain


In the domain of food and living environment we distinguish three related, partly overlapping core areas: Society and well-beingFood, feed and biobased production and Natural resources and living environmentThe boundaries of the core areas cannot be sharply delineated. The division into three core areas, therefore, primarily serves as a detailed description of our sphere of activity. In practice we emphasise the coherence and overlap between the core areas. Many new insights and applications are generated in this overlap; an integrated approach is required to contribute to the major social issues.

The 3 core issues within our domain:

Food, feed and biobased production



Food, feed and biobased production

The core area Food, feed and biobased production comprises the sustainable production and processing of food, feed and biobased products, international food chains and networks, food safety and the health aspects of food.

Natural resources and living environment



Natural resources and living environment

The core area Natural resources and living environment encompasses natural habitats, landscape, land use, the management of water, sea and natural resources and biodiversity.

Society and well-being



Society and well-being

Society and well-being studies human behaviour in relation to food and living environment, lifestyle and perceptions, but also focuses on institutions, governance, the market and chains, and societal innovations.