Erik Mathijs – Chaire Francqui 2020

Practices, policies and metrics for sustainable food economies

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Erik Mathijs is the director of the Sustainable Food Economies Research Group (SFERE) and professor of agricultural and resource economics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven. He holds an MSc in Bioscience Engineering (major: agricultural economics and sociology; minor: soil science; KU Leuven, 1991), and completed the Doctum Colloquium in Economics in 1995 and his PhD in agricultural economics in 1998, both at KU Leuven.

His research focuses on the practices, metrics and policies for fostering the transformation of the European agricultural and food system towards sustainability and resilience. He has been coordinator of the FP7 TRANSMANGO project (which assesses the impact of drivers of change on Europe’s food and nutrition security) and of the H2020 Sustainable Finance for Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries (SUFISA) project.

He acted as expert group rapporteur of the 3rd (2011) and chair of the 4th (2015) Foresight Exercise for the EU’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR). From 2016 to 2019 he was Chair of the Science Council of the Agropolis Foundation (Montpellier, France). Currently, he is vice dean for education at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven.

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