Gert Spaargaren

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Gert Spaargaren PhD (born February, 1954) is a Dutch professor at the Wageningen University, author, and editor. Spaargaren is from Aalsmeer, Netherlands, and is currently teaching Environmental Policy for sustainability and patterns of consumption in the Department of Social Sciences.[1] His fields of expertise are Consumer Studies and Environmental policy.[2][3]


Spaargaren attended Hermann Wesselink College in Amstelveen in 1973, and later studied the science of plant diseases at Wageningen University until 1977.[citation needed] In 1983, he earned his PhD in Sociology from Wageningen.[citation needed] Spaargaren served that year as a project researcher at Ecumenical Study in Action Center Investments and at Pax Christi, Utrecht, in Amsterdam.[citation needed]


He began his career at Wareningen University in Netherlands in June 1985. Between 1999 and 2003, Spaargaren held a professorship at Tilburg University, teaching policy of environmental education. In 1999 he completed his dissertation on the ecological modernization of production and consumption at Wageningen University. Spaargaren has been Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sociology and Policy at the Environmental Policy Group since 1999. Spaargaren's teachings are focused on environmental policy for sustainability and patterns of consumption in the Department of Social Sciences.[citation needed] He has worked with authors David A. Sonnenfeld, Arthur P.J. Mol, Peter Oosterveer, and Anne Loeber.[citation needed]

He is and active member in the Climate NL, Platform Climate Research, Netherlands. The environmental Policy Group and Horizon 2020 are part of the Wargeningen Research Team. To date, he has 19 endorsers for his Environmental research.[citation needed]

In 2000 Sparrgaren wrote "Governing Environmental Flows: Global Challenges to Social Theory."[4]

Published works[edit]

A partial list of Spaargaren's published works is:[2]

  • "Eco-teams: milieuverandering voor en achter de meter." (1995)
  • "Governing Environmental Flows: Global Challenges to Social Theory" (2000)
  • "Brug slaan naar gewone burger" (2005)
  • "The laboratory of everyday life - The citizen-consumer as change-agent" (2010)
  • "Theories of practices: Agency, technology, and culture" (2011) Global Environmental Change
  • "Food Practices in Transition; Changing Food Consumption, Retail and Production in the Age of Reflexive Modernity" (2012) Routledge
  • "Carbon flows, carbon markets and low-carbon lifestyles" (2013) Environmental Politics


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  2. ^ a b "Professor Gert Spaargaren". Wageningen University. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gert Spaargaren". OVGUIDE. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gert Spaargaren". MIT Press. Retrieved 3 November 2013.