News - December 9, 2004

Chair change

Dr Han Wiskerke has been appointed chair of Rural Sociology at Wageningen University. He replaces Professor Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, who has been given an endowed chair of Transition Processes in Europe. Van der Ploeg indicated two years ago already that he wished to hand over the daily management of the chair group so that he could concentrate on research and education on processes of transition in European agriculture. Wiskerke graduated from Wageningen in 1992, with an MSc in agricultural and environmental sciences. His PhD was on arable farming in Zeeland. He worked at the Centre for Agriculture and Environment at the University of Twente before returning to Wageningen in 2001. / JT