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Bep Schrammeijer is an Assistant Professor at the Athena Institute. Bep conducts transidisciplinary research into human-nature interactions and how we can monitor and inform the transformation to a social-ecologically sustainable future. Bep is involved with several projects on sustainable transitions in agri-food systems. She is interested in plural valuation, integrating local knowledge and socio-ecological traits to better understand land use transitions.

Bep completed her PhD in the Environmental Geography department of the IVM where her research focused on measuring functional quality of urban green space in such a way that subjective values can be included.

Bep has also worked on modelling land use change globally where she was trying to discover the effects of different potential future social, political and environmental aspects on our global landscape.

Prior to joining the VU, and during her master study, Bep was applying down to earth land use principles on a small-scale organic farm. And before moving to the Netherlands, Bep was environmental consultant at, and then manager of, an environmental consultancy in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. There her work revolved around mapping invasive plants and developing strategies and providing advice regarding their management.




2024: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Environmental Geography, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

2023: Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs

2013: MSc. in Earth Sciences (Environmental Management), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2002: BSc in Environmental Science (Hons), Monash University, Australia.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

Environmental Geography, PhD, Integrating Human Nature into Urban Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

1 Mar 20186 Feb 2024

Award Date: 6 Feb 2024

Earth Sciences, Master, Master's in Earth Sciences (Environmental Management), University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

Environmental Science, Bachelor, Bachelor in Environnmental Sciences (Honours), Monash University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2002


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Land Use Change
  • Modelling
  • human-nature interaction
  • social-ecological systems
  • transdisciplinary research


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