Change of directorship CERES

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“Maarten Bavinck has replaced Marja Spierenburg as director of CERES as of November 1st, 2016. Maarten Bavinck has been on the CERES board since 2012, and serves as professor at the University of Amsterdam as well as at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research centres on the governance of human activity in coastal and marine zones, with an emphasis on South Asia. More details on his experience and interests can be found at:

Marja Spierenburg has accepted a position as full professor in development studies at Radboud University (see Her farewell to CERES is reproduced below:”

Between January 2013 and July 2016 I had the pleasure of serving as Scientific Director of CERES. I truly enjoyed working with the Board, the members and the Bureau. These were challenging times, with many of our members experiencing pressure to join local graduate schools, and general support for national research schools dwindling. Nevertheless, we managed to continue with CERES, albeit in a slightly different form, without the Working Programmes. With support from the members, and building on the hard work of my predecessors, we continued to improve the PhD training programme. Thanks to a dedicated team of core trainers, the programme continues to receive positive evaluations and still attracts many PhD-students. We organized a number of additional activities, including some memorable Summer Schools/Annual Conferences and quite recently, a seminar on the politics of research valorization and a panel at the SDG-conference in Amsterdam. I am grateful to the members of the Board, the Bureau and the individual members who supported me and contributed to the training and the organization of the activities.

On the 1st of August I joined the Radboud University, to take up the Chair in Development Studies. This is a full-time position, which would have been difficult to combine with the work for CERES. It was with sadness that I gave up my position with CERES. However, I am confident that my successor Prof. dr. Maarten Baavinck will take excellent care of CERES and will develop some new ideas for the future. Maarten will start officially on the 1st of November, but of course he has been involved in CERES before, as a dedicated member of the Board. I am looking forward to the activities that he no doubt will organize, and will do my utmost best to participate in and contribute to these. Maarten, I wish you the best of luck in your new position, and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!