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Name GWJ van de Ven

Job details
DescriptionUniversitair docent
OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitPlant Production Systems
Phone+31 317 482 696
Secretarial phone
Phone 2
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Visiting addressBornsesteeg 48
Postal addressPostbus 430


I am trained as an agronomist at Wageningen University and have always worked in interdisciplinary teams with a focus on the system level. My main interest is the relation between agriculture and its environment at the farm level or above. I worked at the Centre for Agro-Biological and Soil Fertility Research (AB-DLO) for 13 years on developing and applying methodologies on exploring production potentials under conflicting goals. I obtained a PhD in exploring opportunities for Dutch dairy systems considering trade-offs between economic and environmental goals with a focus on nutrient emissions. Subsequently, I worked three year at the Centre of Environmental Sciences – Leiden University on certification of farms in relation to environmental and biodiversity issues, both in research and education.

After that I returned to Wageningen in 2000, but now at the Plant Production Systems Group of the University. Here I have worked on a wide variety of subjects, such as mixed farming in the Netherlands, multi-functional agriculture, inter-sector cooperation in organic agriculture, exploring opportunities for biofuel production both in Europe and in Africa, sustainability indicators, development options for homegarden systems in Ethiopia and a developing the existing approach in crop production ecology for livestock production. The red line in my work is systems analysis/research and sustainability. My teaching focusses on natural resource management, systems analysis and the principles of production ecology. Recently, I have developed a MOOC on the latter subject.

Expert Profile
  • Initiate and execute interdisciplinary research; scientific attitude; committed to the research and the team, a teamplayer; accurate and critical attitude towards research, which improves the quality of papers; initiate and supervise students at different levels, including PhD; proficient in writing in English.

Key publications
Publication lists


  • APS-50803 - Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking
  • CPT-14306 - Life Sciences for Communication Scientists
  • CSA-10806 - Introduction Quantitative Agroecology
  • PPS-31806 - Functional Agricultural Resource Management
  • PPS-50806 - Capita Selecta Plant Production Systems
  • PPS-51802 - Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production
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