Press release

Gert Jan Hofstede appointed as personal professor

Published on
July 5, 2018

The executive board of Wageningen University & Research has appointed Dr. Gert Jan Hofstede as personal professor. The appointment is based on his excellent research and teaching skills. The appointment as personal professor is valid for a period of five years.

Prof.dr.ir. G.J. (Gert Jan) Hofstede (1956) has been appointed as a personal professor of Artificial Sociality at the Information Technology group, led by Prof. Bedir Tekinerdogan. Gert Jan Hofstede is currently an associate professor in this chair group.

Gert Jan Hofstede (1956) graduated as a population biologist in Wageningen, then went on to become a computer programmer. He returned to academia, and did a PhD in production planning (1992). During that time, Gert Jan became convinced that in complex systems, the human element is often understudied. He worked on simulation gaming, on trust and transparency in supply chains, and during the last decade, on social simulation. His current interest is in using agent-based models for capturing the relational side of complex socio-technical or socio-ecological systems, like industrial safety or disease control in potato culture.