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Name GJ Hofstede
FirstnameGert Jan

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DescriptionPersonal Professor Artificial Sociality
OrganizationWageningen University
Organization UnitInformation Technology
Secretarial phone+31 317 483 154
Phone 2+31 6 21474677
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Visiting addressHollandseweg 1
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    Jul 2017 - Present


Gert Jan Hofstede was born in the Netherlands in 1956. He graduated as a population biologist, with a PhD in production planning, a career in Information Systems and a track record as a speaker on culture.

Gert Jan's long-standing aim is teasing out the generic dynamics of human social behaviour. His stance is that people are not unpredictable, but ill-understood. Knowledge is patchy, obscuring the big picture. He uses simulation gaming and social simulation as preferred methods that integrate knowledge from many fields to yield operable knowledge that can be applied in all kinds of practical contexts. In 2015 he co-organized the Summer School of ESSA, European Social Simulation Association, see video report. In 2016 he founded SiLiCo together with co-researcers in Complex Adaptive Systems. He is a personal professor, that is, a full professor based on his work's merit, in Artificial Sociality. See his inaugural lecture here.

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Expert Profile
  • social simulation
  • simulation game design
  • fluent in: Danish, Dutch, French, German

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In 2020-2024, Gert Jan leads the project SESAM: Scenario Evaluation for Sustainable Agro-forestry Management, with many partners across WUR and across the world.

Gert Jan is involved in various partnered PhD projects as the "Artificial Sociality" supervisor. This is at Wageningen University as well as North-West University, South Africa.

In 2016, Gert Jan founded SiLiCo, Wageningen Centre for Simulating Life Science's Complexity. Let's meet in SiLiCo!

In 2013-2014 Gert Jan led the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group "Modelling social reality: emergence of the glass ceiling.

  • BMO-24806 - Supply Chain Management
  • BMO-26806 - Circular Economy
  • INF-21306 - Data Management
  • INF-34806 - Agent-Based Modelling of Complex Adaptive Systems
  • INF-51806 - Modelling and Simulation of Complex Socio-Technical Systems
  • INF-70424 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70427 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70430 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70433 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70436 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-70439 - MSc Internship Information Technology
  • INF-79324 - MSc Research Practice Information Technology
  • INF-80418 - Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80421 - Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80424 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80427 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80430 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80433 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80436 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
  • INF-80439 - MSc Thesis Information Technology
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