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Lia van Wesenbeeck is director of the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies and hence responsible for the management and coordination of the day-to-day activities of the Centre. She also is senior lecturer at Amsterdam University College. Before, she was a senior researcher at the SOW-VU and obtained her PhD in 2000 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

She publishes in peer reviewed journals and books, provides advice to policy makers, gives guest lectures at several Dutch Universities, co-supervises a PhD student and serves on various national and international committees in the area of FNS. Among others, she has been the Dutch expert at the Round Table on monitoring food security (Rome September 2011), served on the Platform Food Security of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, Agriculture and Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2013), and is Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the Global Challenges Program of the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO/WOTRO) since 2013.


Lia van Wesenbeeck is an expert in general equilibrium theory and applications, in particular focusing on the inclusion of institutions that facilitate cooperation between agents within or outside markets, and the modelling of price formation through negotiations and auction mechanisms. She also has extensive experience in spatially explicit statistical analysis of survey and map data, and profiling of vulnerable groups. She has been the principal researcher in the project “Trucks and tomatoes, prospective development scenarios for the horticulture sector in Burkina Faso, with INERA, Burkina Faso, 2007-2008, as well as in a SOW-VU/WFP project to design a data repository of the food economy of Sub-Saharan Africa, 2007-2010. She was the team leader of SOW-VU in the EU 7th Framework project “CLIMAFRICA”, on the impacts of climate change on the African continent and project team leader of  “Autonomy, partnership and beyond, a counterfactual analysis of policy coherence for Ghana”, a study commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, 2013-2014. Currently, she coordinates a NWO/CCAFS study on upscaling climate smart agriculture in the Nyando River Basin, Kenya

Ancillary activities

  • Renmin University of China | Beijing | lecturer | 2018-07-01 - present
  • Tweede Kamer | Den Haag | Adviseur | 2023-02-01 - present

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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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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