What is a vision? Why do we need it?
Every professor at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is requested to prepare and present a "vision" to an examining committee when going for promotion to associate professor. To fulfil this request, in the index below you will find the "vision" that I presented in July 2016 to the committee.
Of course, companies and most organisations worldwide use the term "vision" more broadly, meaning an aspirational description of what an organisation would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid-term or long-term future. It is intended to serve as a clear guide choosing current and future courses of action. (Business Dictionary 2016).
Therefore, let me share - in a sentence - my vision according to this broader and more common definition and then, in the index below, my "vision" as meant to meet the formal requirements of my university.
Together with a global team of academic, business and civil society partners, we strive to support and accelerate a sustainable transformation of agricultural and food systems by 1) sharing knowledge with current and future change agents through research, education and project management - giving priority and empowering marginalised people in rural development contexts - and by 2) shifting the academic industry towards more problem-oriented, inter-disciplinary, transparent, fair and socially active practices.
My "vision" for the Wageningen examining committee (2016): index
2. Empirical context
3. Research vision
- 3.1. Theoretical underpinnings: re-aligning strategies, processes and structures
- 3.2. Key research questions and positioning in the literature
- 3.3. Methodological underpinnings: focusing on "how" question
5. Grant acquisition | Contribution to society
Short presentation of my "vision" (July 2016)