Liesbeth van de Grift appointed as Professor of International History and the Environment

Prof. dr. Liesbeth van der Grift. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
Prof. Liesbeth van der Grift. Photo: Ed van Rijswijk

On 1 February, Dr Liesbeth van de Grift was appointed Professor of International History and the Environment. The chair is part of the Department of History and Art History.


Liesbeth van de Grift researches the history of political representation in the twentieth century. She is interested in how the rise of nature and the environment on the political agenda has changed our thinking about democracy and the organisation of public participation. Who has had a say in agriculture and fisheries, in consumer protection and environmental policy, and who has been excluded from this? How does this affect political institutions and decision-making today, in the Netherlands and Europe?

Liesbeth van de Grift

Van de Grift obtained her PhD at Utrecht University in 2009. Afterwards, she was associate professor of Political History and German Language and Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen. She received a Veni grant with which she researched practices of social engineering in Europe. In 2015, she returned to Utrecht University. There she is currently leading a Vidi project on the development of consumer representation in Europe. She is one of the initiators of the Future of Citizen-based Initiatives Hub of Institutions for Open Societies.