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.
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).
Sustainable development and poverty reduction
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development programmes, funds and monitors innovative research on global issues, with a focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. NWO-WOTROs research projects are realised by interdisciplinary teams of researchers from the North and South and in close collaboration with non-academic stakeholders. These partnerships yield solutions for development challenges and strengthen the bridge between research, policy and practice.