prof. dr. Emely de Vet

prof. dr. Emely de Vet

Hoogleraar en Dean University College Tilburg

TSHD: Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
TSHD: Liberal Arts and Sciences


Since August 2023 I work at Tilburg University as full professor and dean of University College Tilburg. I have a background in health promotion, gender studies, and behavioral sciences. Between 2013-2023 I worked in different positions at Wageningen University and Research, i.e., as full professor and head of department of an interdisciplinary group around consumption and lifestyles (2019-2023), institutional coordinator of a university-wide strategic program on protein transition (2019-2021), chair/board of three interdisciplinary BSc/MSc educational programs in communication, health and life sciences (2017-2019), as full professor of health communication and behavior change (2016-2019) and ad-interim head of the strategic communication group (2017-2018). Prior to that I worked in psychology at Utrecht University (2009-2013) and in health sciences at VU University Amsterdam (2006-2013), Erasmus MC University Medical Center (2006), and Maastricht University (PhD, 2005). 


My expertise is in the field of behavior change for personal, public and planetary health. I am particularly interested in complex systemic health problems where many different actors and factors interact (climate-health nexus, protein transition, antibiotic resistance, obesity, health inequality). In these issues human endeavor enlarges problems, but humans can also act as agents for change. I seek to understand how behaviors arise in certain social, economic, and physical contexts (so-called socio-ecological levels). These behavioral insights are used to design, evaluation and implement interventions and policies, which are directed at change in individuals, environments and wider systems. Technology (eHealth, GIS, ICT) is used to facilitate interventions as well as research methods to study behaviors in context. Food is a recurrent theme and red threat in my work. 


I am interested in fostering interdisciplinary learning through connecting different academic disciplines and professional fields. The challenges that society currently faces require academics that cross boundaries between fields and between science and society. I hope to create impact on societal challenges through high-quality education and to contribute to a next generation of bridge builders. 

I taught in various BSc, MSc and PhD programs at different universities (medicine, health sciences, psychology, nutrition, consumer studies, data science). I was involved in course and curriculum design and in management of education. 



My full CV can be found here


Our research was supported by more than 30 million euro of funding, mostly in competitive and collaborative interdisciplinary schemes (e.g., NWO, NWA, ZonMw, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). This also included personal grants, such as VIDI and TOP grants. These funds enabled me to supervise >40 early career researchers, of which 15 PhD candidates graduated under my supervision and many are ongoing. The scientific results have been published in about 150 publications. To contribute to impact and engage with society, I regularly speak for academic, policy and professional audiences and in media. I serve in various advisory roles, committees of funding bodies, and editorial boards. I am particularly honored to advise the parliament and government as member of the Health Council of the Netherlands.

Recente publicaties

  1. Transitioning towards more plant-based diets - sharing expert knowled…

    Blokhuis, C., Hofstede, G. J., Ocké, M., & de Vet, E. (2024). Transitioning towards more plant-based diets: sharing expert knowledge through a system lens. Appetite, 195, Article 107193.
  2. Characterizing food environments of hospitals and long-term care faci…

    Wierda, J. J., de Vet, E., Troost, E., & Poelman, M. P. (2024). Characterizing food environments of hospitals and long-term care facilities in the Netherlands: a mixed methods approach. BMC Health Services Research, 24(1), Article 31.
  3. Effect of using client-accessible youth health records on experienced…

    Benjamins, J., de Vet, E., Jordaan, G., & Haveman-Nies, A. (Accepted/In press). Effect of using client-accessible youth health records on experienced autonomy among parents and adolescents in preventive child healthcare and youth care: A mixed methods intervention study. Journal of Child Health Care.
  4. How using a client-accessible health record contributes to perceived …

    Benjamins, J., Vet, E. D., Mortier, C. D., & Haveman-Nies, A. (2023, Jul 10). How using a client-accessible health record contributes to perceived quality of care among parents and adolescents: a qualitative study. (Preprint).
  5. Implementation of EPR- Youth, a Client-Accessible and Multidisciplina…

    Benjamins, J., Duinkerken, J.-G., Den Hamer-Jordaan, G., Canfijn, R., Koster, R., De Vet, E., & Haveman-Nies, A. (2023). Implementation of EPR- Youth, a Client-Accessible and Multidisciplinary Health Record; A Mixed-Methods Process Evaluation. International Journal of Integrated Care, 23(2), Article 26.

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