‘Maybe this is partly a specific trademark of our strategic theme, but I consider it a privilege to be among people who are so strongly dedicated to their work,’ says Dr Ad van Dommelen about Utrecht University's strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability. Last November he started as the programme's new Managing Director. We interviewed him about his background and ambitions.
Who are you and what is your background?
My academic background is in engineering, philosophy and environmental science. This combination makes me inclined to look out for profound developments with real impact for sustainability. If we consider the current state of global challenges, it seems to me that we see a lot of sympathetic and positive initiatives, but that the bigger picture is still not changing sufficiently yet.