The Executive Board has appointed Emely de Vet as Professor and Dean of University College Tilburg (UCT) within the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, as of Aug. 15. She succeeds Dean Alkeline van Lenning, who retired in the summer of 2023. De Vet will be in charge of the overall leadership and further development of UCT.
Emely de Vet (1978) studied health sciences at Maastricht University and received her PhD there in 2005. She held various academic positions in public health (Erasmus Medical Center), health promotion and disease prevention (VU Amsterdam) and psychology (Utrecht University). In 2013, she joined Wageningen University where she was appointed Professor of Health Communication and Behavior Change in 2016. In 2019, she became head and Professor of the new interdisciplinary Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Chair Group there. In this group, she connected various social and behavioral sciences to better understand and improve healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
De Vet received grants for her interdisciplinary research on behavior and interventions focused on societal challenges such as obesity, antibiotic resistance, food security, climate change, social inequality and poverty (including from NWO and ZonMW). She has published more than 100 international articles on her research, is a member of the editorial board of several major scientific journals in the field of behavior and health. De Vet has co-designed interdisciplinary educational programs. She also regularly advises municipalities, various ministries and the parliament. De Vet is a member of the program council of the Top Sector Creative Industry (ClickNL), and is a member of the National Health Council.
Boudewijn Haverkort, Dean of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, is very pleased with this appointment: "With Emely we have found an energetic new Dean who has earned her spurs in a field of science that is important to Tilburg University. She is experienced in working in a multidisciplinary context, has co-designed many educational programs, and has broad roots in academia and beyond."
Emely de Vet is looking forward to her new role: "As a society, we face major tasks that are inextricably linked. Bridges and connectors are needed between different scientific fields but also with all kinds of professionals in practice and policy. University College Tilburg can make a unique contribution to educating people. I look forward to further developing and connecting with the team at University College Tilburg."
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