Welcome to the NWO-WOTRO Steering Committee

17 May 2017

Recently, the NWO-WOTRO Steering Committee has been installed. The NWO Executive Board selected seven outstanding candidates after receiving recommendations by various universities. We are very glad to announce that they all have accepted a position in the Steering Committee to govern the activities on research for global development within the new NWO.

The Steering Committee is chaired by Professor Wiebe Bijker (Maastricht University), also the former chair of the NWO-WOTRO Governing Board. The full Steering Committee is composed by:

  • Prof. Wiebe Bijker (chair), Maastricht University
  • Prof. Yola Georgiadou, Twente University
  • Prof. Petra Hellegers, Wageningen University & Research
  • Dr Jennifer Kockx, Delft University of Technology
  • Prof. Robert Lensink, University of Groningen
  • Prof. Valentina Mazzucato, Maastricht University
  • Prof. Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Leiden University

WOTRO in the New NWO

Did you know? ‘We are grateful for the inspiring governance of our former board members. Thank you all for your commitment and thoroughness. It was a pleasure working for you Erwin Bulte, Rietje van Dam, Thea Hilhorst and Huub Savenije. And evidently, we are more than pleased that we will be able to keep supporting Wiebe Bijker, currently as our chair of the Steering Committee.’

In January 2017 NWO started with a new organisational structure. Guided by the principle that additional collaboration and connection are needed to maintain a leading scientific position and to further increase the contribution to society. The transition of the WOTRO Foundation - with its own Governing Board - to a cross-domain NWO initiative under a Steering Committee, is one of the changes in the organisational structure. NWO-WOTRO is now positioned within the domain Social Sciences and Humanities as a cross-domain activity, enhancing multidisciplinary research for global development in all four domains (Sciences, Applied and Engineering Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and the intended integration of ZonMw in January 2019).

Within NWO, Prof. Wim van den Doel represents the cross-domain activities – such as NWO-WOTRO - in the Executive Board. At the Social Sciences and Humanities domain two persons are managing the organisational aspects of NWO-WOTRO, namely Director Dr Dirk-Jan den Boer and Dr Jeanet Bruil as Head of Strategic Partnerships & Policy. In the coming months, an NWO-WOTRO team leader will be appointed for the daily management of the team.

This team will ameliorate scientific excellence, demand-driven and interdisciplinary research, co-creation, intercultural cooperation and knowledge utilisation: the building blocks of research for global development that the former Governing Board of NWO-WOTRO put forth successfully.

Source: NWO