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Harry Wels is a long-standing member of the VU academic community, going back to his training in anthropology in the early 1980s. He has not left VU ever since.


Harry Wels' research foci are:

  • The role of non-human animals and human-animal relations in Organisation Sciences
  • The political economy of private wildlife conservation in southern Africa
  • Diversity in higher education in South Africa


Harry Wels was trained as an anthropologist at VU and got his PhD in 2000 with a thesis on processes of organisational cooperation in private wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe.


Harry Wels' main teaching is on processes of organizational culture and change and qualitative research methodologies.

Ancillary activities

  • CERES Research School for Resource Studies for Development | Utrecht | Bestuurder | 2013-09-02 - present
  • St. Internationale Samenwerking | Breukelen | Bestuurslid | 2013-12-02 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Ancillary activities

Harry Wels' main ancillary activities are in the domains of international development and wildlife conservation.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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