Pieter van Beukering appointed new portfolio holder for Economy at Wadden Academy

The Supervisory Board of the Wadden Academy has appointed Pieter van Beukering, Professor of Environmental Economics at VU Amsterdam’s Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), as its new portfolio holder for Economy. His five-year appointment will start on 1 January 2021.

09/17/2020 | 1:57 PM

Van Beukering will succeed Jouke van Dijk, one of the Wadden Academy’s charter members. Van Dijk has overseen the Economics portfolio since the Academy was founded in 2008, in addition to serving as the institution’s director from August 2012.

Sustainable development of the Wadden Sea region
The Wadden Academy is an independent network organization that connects knowledge about the Wadden Sea region, as well as making it accessible and applicable. Through this knowledge – in fields such as geoscience and climate, ecology, cultural history, economics and nature, and law – the Wadden Academy contributes to the sustainable development of the Wadden Sea region.

Pieter van Beukering
Pieter van Beukering started his scientific career in 1993, as an economic researcher at the IVM. In 2001, he obtained his PhD at VU Amsterdam’s School of Business and Economics. Between 2003 and 2009, he headed up the PREM (Poverty Reduction through Environmental Management) research programme, aimed at strengthening environmental-economic research capacity in developing countries. In May 2019, Van Beukering was appointed Professor of Environmental Economics at VU Amsterdam, with a special focus on the economics of natural capital. On 1 January 2020, Van Beukering was appointed director of the IVM.

Authoritative scientist
Ed Nijpels, chair of the Supervisory Board: “With the appointment of Pieter van Beukering, the Wadden Academy has added an authoritative scientist in the field of environmental economics to its ranks. I believe Pieter van Beukering will be able to make an important contribution to the further sustainable economic development of the Wadden Sea region. The Supervisory Board is confident that Pieter van Beukering, together with the other portfolio holders, will make a substantial difference in terms of the Wadden Academy’s objective of increasing knowledge about the Wadden Sea region.”