Due to their outstanding achievements in teaching and research, Wageningen University has appointed three researchers to personal chairs: Peter Oosterveer (Environmental Policy), Emely de Vet (Communication) and Henk Bovenhuis (Animal Breeding and Genetics). These appointments took effect on 1 March of this year.
Prof. dr. ir. P.J.M. (Peter) Oosterveer has been appointed to a personal chair at the Environmental Policy Group. Peter Oosterveer (Voorschoten, 1955) was associate professor at the Environmental Policy Group, which is headed by Professor Gert Spaargaren. Oosterveer earned his PhD in 2005 at Wageningen University. In his research and education he focuses on the globalisation and sustainability of food production and consumption, primarily on public and private governance towards sustainability, with a focus on the role of societal actors.
Prof. dr. E.W.M.L. (Emely) de Vet has been appointed to a personal chair at the Strategic Communications Group of Wageningen University. De Vet (Oud Gastel, 1978) obtained her PhD at Maastricht University in 2005, and since 2013 she has been an associate professor at Wageningen University. She specialises in health communication and behavioural change, investigating why it is so difficult to change an unhealthy lifestyle and working on innovative methods to achieve permanent behavioural change. In her research, de Vet develops and uses behavioural insights, which she translates into health communication and public health interventions.
Prof. dr. ir. H. (Henk) Bovenhuis has been appointed to a personal chair at the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group of Wageningen University. Bovenhuis (Rouveen, 1963) earned his PhD in 1992 at Wageningen for his study of milk protein variants and how they can be used in livestock breeding. In his research as an associate professor at the aforementioned group, he focused primarily on the genetic background of milk composition. He showed that the identification at the DNA level of genes involved in the composition of milk fat or milk protein can be used in the selection of dairy cattle.