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 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. Recently concluded programs include the EU research program FOODSECURE and Wageningen-wide program Global food security: Scarcity and transition. Recent papers explore the metrics, models and foresight on EU food systems (in: Agricultural Systems 2016), the valuation of environmental and social external effects from livestock productions systems (for TEEB Agri-Food), equity issues in global food security (FOODSECURE briefing, 2016), the relation between income, food intake and food waste, and food system governance in foresight studies.
FOODSECURE: Exploring the future of global food and nutrition security (European Commission 7th Framework Program grant no. 290693)
SUSFANS: Metrics, models and foresight for European sustainable food and nutrition security (European Commission grant no. H2020 - 633962)