Naam
Naam HAC Runhaar
RoepnaamHens
Emailhens.runhaar@wur.nl

Werk
OmschrijvingBuitengewoon hoogleraar Beheer van biodiversiteit in agrarisch landschap
OrganisatieDepartement Omgevingswetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidBos- en Natuurbeleid
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BezoekadresDroevendaalsesteeg 3
6708PB, WAGENINGEN
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PostadresPostbus 47
6700AA, WAGENINGEN
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  • Bestuurslid - Stichting Utrechts Landschap
    apr 2016 - Nu


Biografie

Hens Runhaar is buitengewoon hoogleraar Beheer van biodiversiteit en agrarisch landschap. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de vraag hoe boeren en andere bedrijven in agri-food ketens kunnen worden gestimuleerd om negatieve ecologische impacts te minimaliseren en de bijdrage aan natuur en landschap te maximaliseren. Aandachtspunten in zijn onderzoek zijn de evaluatie van sturingsarrangementen voor natuurbeheer door boeren; de rol van de 'framing' van natuur- en biodiversiteitsdoelen voor de sturing daarop; en de organisatie van kennisproductie die 'natuurinclusieve' landbouw maximaal ondersteunt. Daarnaast gaat zijn belangstelling uit naar nieuwe verdienmodellen voor 'natuurinclusieve' landbouw.

Op 22 september 2016 hield Hens Runhaar zijn inaugurele rede. Zie http://wurtv.wur.nl/p2gplayer/Player.aspx?id=eqInBg voor de video van de oratie. Het oratieboekje kan worden gedownload vanaf http://edepot.wur.nl/389369. Een recent interview in Inzicht in Natuur vat de inaugurele rede samen in het Nederlands.

Recent reageerde Hens in Nieuwsuur op een pleidooi van sommige boeren om afschot van dassen toe te staan; een diersoort die het goed doet in het moderne boerenland. Zie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORFxHoodICo&sns=em

Hens Runhaar is an Extraordinary Professor of Management of biodiversity and agricultural landscapes. His research focuses on how farmers and other companies in agri-food chains can be stimulated to minimise negative ecological impacts and maximise their contribution to biodiversity and landscape quality. Central themes in his research include the assessment of governance arrangements for nature conservation by farmers; the role of the framing of biodiversity objectives for their governance; and the organisation of knowledge production for 'nature-inclusive' farming. He is also interested in new business models for 'nature-inclusive' farming.

On 22 September 2016 Hens Runhaar held his inaugural address. See http://wurtv.wur.nl/p2gplayer/Player.aspx?id=eqInBg for the of the lecture. The booklet with the text of the lecture can be downloaded from http://edepot.wur.nl/389369


Expertiseprofiel
Expertise
Vaardigheden
  • Milieubeleidsanalyse

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Publicatielijsten

Onderwijs

Master theses topics I would like to explore with students

Enhancing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes through more effective governance

Agricultural landscapes offer many opportunities for biodiversity. Yet due to intensification, in many countries biodiversity is in decline. My research focuses on the governance of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: public policies such as agri-environment schemes, but also voluntary initiatives of (collectives of) farmers, work conducted by NGOs and local citizen volunteers, and market parties that are starting to pay attention to biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. I am interested in comparisons between governance arrangements, preferably in an international context: what works, where and why?

Understanding and enhancing the role of citizens in agrobiodiversity governance

Social scientific research thus far has paid limited attention to how citizens value agrobiodiversity and its decline, and, moreover, how these valuations can be influenced by means of information. This knowledge gap is problematic because citizen’s valuations of agrobiodiversity matter for retaining political interest in the subject, for legitimizing agri-environment schemes and other conservation initiatives and for actively supporting conservation by farmers. I look for students who are interested in exploring further (Dutch) citizens’ knowledge of trends and the status of agrobiodiversity, whether and how they appreciate agrobiodiversity, and whether and how citizens can be mobilized to contribute to the enhancement of agrobiodiversity.

Managing human-wildlife conflicts

The effective protection of endangered species and the co-existence of humans and wildlife often requires support from local stakeholders. I am looking for students who are interested in conducting analyses of the framings that underlie human-wildlife conflicts, in order to provide a better understanding of the nature of these conflicts, and ways in which they can be mitigated or avoided. Together we can identify interesting cases (particular species in a particular country). The case of the Dutch badger population has my specific interest – with the increase in this population, a growing number of farmers state to suffer from damage by badgers whereas ‘urbanising badgers’ are considered problematic by some but not all citizens.

Invasive alien species

Over the last few decades, the number of invasive alien species (IAS) has increased worldwide. Since IAS can have negative impacts on biodiversity, human health, and the economy, IAS policies and management schemes have been implemented for an early detection of IAS, for their eradication or, if that is not possible, for controlling their populations. Yet these policies and schemes have not been sufficient to tackle the problem. Public support among stakeholders seems to be one of the problems. What lessons can be learned from successful or unsuccessful attempts to tackle the problem of IAS? How do different stakeholders perceive the problem?

See https://www.uu.nl/staff/HACRunhaar/Courses for relevant publications stemming from earlier work, in part with students at WUR and at UU.

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  • FNP-23303 - Planning - Ecosystem, value chain and landscape approaches: Theories, Tools and Practices
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