(G.) Gert Spaargaren

Gert Spaargaren PhD (1954) is a Dutch professor at the Wageningen University. Spaargaren is currently teaching Environmental Policy for sustainability and patterns of consumption in the Department of Social Sciences.His fields of expertise are Consumer Studies and Environmental policy.

Gert Spaargaren Career

Gert began his career at Wageningen 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.
  • He 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.
  • He is and active member in the Climate NL, Platform Climate Research, Netherlands. The environmental Policy Group and Horizon 2020 are part of the Wageningen Research Team. To date, he has 19 endorsers for his Environmental research.
  • In 2000 he wrote “Governing Environmental Flows: Global Challenges to Social Theory.”


  • 1985 – 1997 Wageningen University, Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology
  • 1976 – 1983 Wageningen University, Master’s degree in Sociology

Work Experience

  • 1985- Wageningen University, Full-Time Professor
  • 1999 – 2005 Tilburg University, Endowed Professor

Published Works

A partial list of Spaargaren’s published works is:

  • “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

Links to projects and researches

Research Group :

Environmental Policy

Specialisatie :

DER (Distributed Energy Resources)/EV (Electric Vehicles)/SG (Smart Grid): Policy

Wageningen University

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