Staff and organisation news

Amsterdam Sustainability Institute inaugurated

On 16 May 2019 the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI) was officially opened by the Director of SDG Charter Netherlands Maresa Oosterman and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science Prof. Jacqueline Broerse. Prof. Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam) gave a keynote speech on ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People: What can cross-disciplinary research contribute to achieving the SDGs?’. Next, ASI Director Prof. Philipp Pattberg talked with ASI researchers about their plans to foster excellence and generate impact in terms of sustainability. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ASI seeks to build bridges among VU researchers and with the wider community to increase our scientific and societal impact. Its motto is: ‘Integrating knowledge for sustainable societal choices’.


VU member of Climate-KIC

As of January 2019, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an official member of Climate-KIC. Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. The backbone of the Climate-KIC community consists of about 300 different companies, research institutes, NGOs and start-ups across Europe with a common goal: bringing successful climate innovation to the market.

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P WardPhilip Ward has been appointed Full Professor of Global Water Risk Dynamics at the Faculty of Science of VU Amsterdam. In his new position, Prof. Ward aims to develop new scientific approaches and tools, and train a new generation of researchers and professionals, for co-designing sustainable solutions to water-related problems.

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P van BeukeringPieter van Beukering was appointed professor Environmental Economics on 1 May with the assignment ‘Economics of Natural Capital’. Pieter was already Head of the department Environmental Economics and Deputy Director of IVM, as well as the Director of the Master Environment and Resource Management (ERM) programme.

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Hello and goodbye

Anna Filyushkina and Yue Dou have joined IVM’s section Environmental Geography as postdocs.

Rebecca Swart has started as a PhD student in the Environmental Geography section.

Julia Grimm has started as a postdoc in IVM’s section Environmental Policy Analysis. She will be working together with Oscar Widerberg and scholars from Stockholm University and Linkoeping University on climate action and energy transformation in Sweden.

Harro van Asselt has returned to IVM as a visiting researcher in the EPA section.He is also Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland and an Associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Before that he worked at the University of Oxford and at the IVM, where he also finished his PhD in 2013. Harro’s research interests are in the area of climate law and governance. 

Ralph Lasage has left IVM and is now working as a project manager at Vrije Universiteit. 

Astrid van Teeffelen has swapped IVM for Ecogroen, an ecological consultancy. 

Yus Budiyono moved to Jakarta where he is working at the Department of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology. 

Stefania Munaretto has also said goodbye to IVM