Bas Arts steps down after 12.5 years

Published on
July 11, 2018

Having chaired FNP for 12.5 years, Bas Arts is ready for new challenges.

Professor dr. Bas Arts has been appointed Personal Professor in Forest Governance from 1 July, after stepping down as head of the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) chair group. His tasks are taken over by Professor dr. Esther Turnhout.

Bas Arts feels that after 12.5 years at the helm of FNP, it is time for a change. He dispels any notions of negative reasons why he takes this step, and keeps an open mind about what is to come. “I am not yet tired of doing what I have been doing, I am not sick, there are no conflicts or whatever. I am merely on the lookout for new challenges. There are already offers of visiting professorships in 2019 and 2020. I want to write a monography about forest governance. And I might even be a chair holder somewhere else.”

He will remain in Wageningen University in his capacity as personal professor in the coming years. His working hours will be reduced by half in the academic year 2019-2020, and afterwards, to a day per week.

Professor Arts, 1961, became chair holder in Wageningen in 2006, and has had various guest professorships in Brugge, Vienna, Cambridge (England) and Michigan (U.S.A.). He has successfully supervised and promoted 30 PhD students in Wageningen.

His successor Prof. Turnhout will act as interim chair holder till someone else is appointed. She is also the chair group’s Professor in Politics of Environmental Knowledge.

Photo: Esther Turnhout accepts a T-shirt from Bas Arts, as a symbolic gesture of the hand over, during the group's recent outing.