About Wageningen Economic Research

Wageningen Economic Research is an independent and internationally leading socio-economic research institute that offers governments and companies (socio)economic insights and integral advice for sound policies and better decision-making in an innovative way.

Knowledge with impact

The global challenges related to the availability of sufficient healthy food and a healthy living environment and lifestyle demand new knowledge with impact, as well as social and technological innovation that actually works. Innovation that is focused on the balance between the earth’s capacity and human actions; innovation based on (socio)economic and technological expertise. Wageningen Economic Research has been an expert in this playing field for over 75 years, and is known as a knowledge institute that provides insight into the capacity of our planet on the one hand, and human actions on the other.

Part of Social Sciences Group

Within Wageningen University & Research and together with the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and the university’s Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen Economic Research is part of the Social Sciences Group.

The Social Sciences Group comprise the entire knowledge chain of fundamental scientific research, applied scientific research and consultancy and capacity building. As a result, Wageningen Economic Research provides access to this comprehensive range of expertise. Read more about the organisation.

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We help you decide

Our research relies on high-quality market and chain knowledge, a wide and international knowledge network, and unique data and models from the micro to the macro level. It is this combination that allows us to answer your questions based on the best available knowledge. Wageningen Economic Research stimulates sustainable economic development and the growth of companies or economies. As a result, our scientists contribute to the quality of life.

Our strength lies in developing new insights based on market intelligence (fact and evidence based information) and our integrated approach to issues.

Wageningen Economic Research has a nationally and internationally proven track record and extensive experience in setting up and carrying out policy analyses, including socieal cost/benefit analyses, impact evaluations, and future studies, as well as market and chain research, consumer research and the development of monitoring system for industry.

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Explore, explain, enhance and earn

Explore

Explore

For businesses and government bodies worldwide we explore the latest trends in nutrition and the living environment. Based on our expertise and data, we provide new insights and opportunities.

Explain

Explain

We explain what may happen, what is happening, and what has happened. We measure and monitor effects at the company, sector and macro level, with clear indicators and insight into the how and why.

Enhance

Enhance

We offer businesses and governments concrete points for improving the impact of policies and strategies. This lets our clients work more efficiently, more effectively and more sustainably.

Earn

Earn

Earning by creating value for businesses, governments, the environment, consumers and society. By working on new business models, social acceptance and sustainable policies.