Wageningen University has appointed three leading researchers to 'regular' chairs, which are held by professors who provide structural leadership to a university research group. The new professors — Carolien Kroeze, Rachel Creamer and Simon Bush — are taking over chairs held by their predecessors.
Prof.dr. C. (Carolien) Kroeze has been appointed Professor of Water Systems and Global Change at Wageningen University. On 1 April 2016, she will take over the chair held by Professor of Earth System Science Pavel Kabat, who has accepted a position at IIASA in Austria. The chair is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG). Kroeze (Hardenberg, 1964) obtained her PhD in 1993 at the University of Amsterdam. In Wageningen she most recently held a personal chair at the Environmental Systems Analysis Group and was also a professor and research coordinator at the Open University. Furthermore, she is a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Prof.dr. R. (Rachel) Creamer has been appointed Professor of Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality. On 1 September 2016 she will take over the chair held by Prof. Lijbert Brussaard, who is retiring. This Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality Group is one of the two parts of the Sub-department of Soil Quality of the Environmental Sciences Group/Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. Creamer (Preston, U.K., 1975) obtained her PhD in 2005 at the University of Newcastle. She has coordinated various national and European research projects, and is currently Research Leader of the Soil Quality and Classification sub-programme in Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority).
Prof.dr. S.R. (Simon) Bush has been appointed Professor of Environmental Policy. He succeeds Arthur Mol, who became Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University in 2015. The appointment will take effect on 1 June 2016. The Environmental Policy Group is part of the Sub-department ‘Sociology and Governance’ of the Social Sciences Group/Department of Social Sciences. Bush (Sydney, 1976) obtained his PhD in 2005 at the University of Sydney in Australia, after which he was appointed assistant professor at Wageningen University, where he became associate professor in 2013. In January of this year, i.e. prior to his appointment as Professor of Environmental Policy, he had been appointed to a personal chair in Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Governance.