Birgit Boogaard

Photo by Anna Green

My thinking can be described as holistic. I have a broad interest, but the common denominator tends to be ‘the human face’ of sustainable development. That means to address social and philosophical questions related to sustainable development.

I have a PhD in Rural Sociology and Animal Production Systems and an Msc in Animal Production Systems and Communication & Innovation Studies. I have a teaching qualification from Wageningen University.

I’ve worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and a various groups of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), including Rural Sociology Group (RSO), Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group (KTI), Wageningen Livestock Research (WLR) and Animal Production Systems Group (APS).

I’ve lived and worked in various parts of the world, including Mozambique (Vilanculos), Norway (Ås), Brazil (Araras), and the Gambia (Bansang). I have a working proficiency in Dutch, English, and Portuguese, and I speak basic Norwegian.

I feel greatly inspired by the work of late professor Heinz Kimmerle.  His work on intercultural philosophy, with focus on African philosophy, is truly inspiring. He passed away on the 17th of January 2016 at the age of 85. It was an honour to have met him and be friends. I feel a deep internal wish to connect his work with agricultural development – as it would enrich both fields and open up new ways of thinking – and thereby following his method on intercultural dialogues. I will keep you updated on this research.

Creativity plays an important role throughout my life. I’ve always enjoyed drawing and painting. In 2014, I followed an Orientation Course at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. Subsequently, I followed a course on graphic design with Adobe Illustrator (2015) and Adobe Indesign (2016).