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Nameprof.dr. BJM Arts

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OrganizationDepartment of Environmental Sciences
Organization UnitForest and Nature Conservation Policy
Phone+31 317 486 196
Secretarial phone+31 317 486 187
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Visiting addressDroevendaalsesteeg 3
Postal addressPostbus 47
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Ancillary activities
  • Lid van AIV-COS - AIV-COS
    Jan 2020 - Dec 2025

    Lid van de Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (COS) van de Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken (AIV). De AIV-COS adviseert de Nederlandse regering en het Nederlandse parlement o.g.v. beleid aangaande ontwikkelingsvraagstukken

  • - - Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving
    Oct 2018 - Oct 2023



Prof. dr. Bas Arts (1961) is ‘Personal Professor in Forest Governance’ at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Between January 2006 and July 2018, he was the Chair of FNP. Arts holds a Master in biology (Majors in forest ecology and in environmental sciences, 1987) and a PhD in the policy sciences and public administration (1998). Currently, Arts’ research and teaching focus on international forest, biodiversity and climate change governance, local natural resource management and their interconnections (local-global nexus, multi-level governance). His experience includes research in the Netherlands, Europe and the Tropics, interdisciplinary work with natural and social scientists, policy design and scenario development with stakeholders, and policy advice at various levels (United Nations, EU and Netherlands). Arts was Visiting Professor at the Europe College in Bruges, Belgium (2006-2010), at BOKU University of Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria (March-April 2010), at the Geography Department of Cambridge University, UK (October 2013) and at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment of the University of Michigan, USA (March-April 2014). Also, he was Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Common Goods in Bonn, Germany (2002). He (co)produced over 150 academic publications, including journal articles, books and book chapters, which are overall well-cited (H-indices: 36, 22 and 16 from Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science, respectively). Over the years, Arts acquired – both as main applicant and co-applicant – over 25 important research grants, including NWO, EU Framework and EU Horizon 2020 programs. Since 2006, 32 PhDs graduated under his (co)supervision. During his career, he taught over 20 different courses on various topics related to his expertise, with various didactic approaches and forms, and at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, post-doctoral). Overall, his teaching is well evaluated (average score of 4.4 on a scale of 0-5 in courses recently taught). FNP’s research program, led by Arts between 2006 and 2018, was evaluated by an international peer review committee in June 2015 and its quality and relevance were both assessed as ‘excellent’.

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Publication lists


  • FEM-11306 - Introduction to Forest and Nature Conservation
  • FNP-32306 - Decision-Making in Forest and Nature Management: Theory and Practice
  • FNP-32806 - Science and Expertise in Nature and Environment
  • FNP-70424 - MSc Internship Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
  • FNP-70812 - BSc Internship Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
  • FNP-70818 - BSc Internship Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
  • FNP-79324 - MSc Research Practice Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
  • FNP-80424 - MSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
  • FNP-80436 - MSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
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