Annelies Zoomers new WOTRO chair

1 March 2019

The NWO Executive board has appointed Prof. Annelies Zoomers as chair of the Steering Committee of WOTRO Science for Global Development with effect from 1 March 2019. WOTRO looks forward to a fruitful collaboration because of her decisive and connecting personality, strong profile in research for global development, managerial experience and broad network.

Annelies Zoomers is professor of International Development Studies at Utrecht University and chairman of LANDac (Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development). After her PhD in 1988 she worked as a consultant for, among others, the World Bank in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Zoomers has published extensively on sustainable livelihoods, land reform and global land grabbing, and international migration and development.

Familiar with NWO

Annelies Zoomers knows NWO-WOTRO from different capacities. She chairs the programme committee for Research for Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (RIDSSA) and she is or has been involved in various projects: for example within the Joint SDG Research Initiative, Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change ( CCMCC) and Agriculture Beyond Food. In addition, she has made various contributions to NWO-wide financing instruments such as the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimpuls).

The WOTRO Steering Committee

Zoomers has been appointed for a first term of three years. Her appointment was preceded by an open procedure in which universities could nominate suitable candidates. She follows up Prof.em. Wiebe Bijker as chair of the Steering Committee.

Composition as of 1 March 2019:

  • Prof. Annelies Zoomers (chair) , Urecht University
  • Prof. Yola Georgiadou, Twente University
  • Prof. Petra Hellegers, Wageningen University & Research
  • Prof. Robert Lensink, University of Groningen
  • Prof. Valentina Mazzucato, Maastricht University
  • Prof. Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Leiden University
  • Vacancy

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development is governed by an autonomous Steering Committee, mandated by the NWO Executive Board. The Steering Committee is responsible for NWO-WOTRO's strategy and policy. Portfolio Manager of NWO-WOTRO within the NWO Executive Board is Prof. Wim van den Doel.

Source: NWO