Wageningen University (WU) is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), which is a leading international knowledge institute in the fields of nutritional health, sustainable agricultural systems and environmental quality. WU has 6,500 employees and over 4,500 students.
The Department of Social Sciences within WU consists of 22 Chair Groups. It combines the strengths of scientific research and education in the field of people and society and is extremely qualified to support governments, companies and civil-society organisations in the choices they have to make
The Business Economics group (BEC) holds a strong position in interdisciplinary research with key areas as bio-economic modeling, economics of animal health, food safety and plant health. Also, the BEC is active in measuring and modeling performance of agro-supply chains and farms. Several members of the group have participated or currently participate in large research projects financed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, the Dutch organization for scientific research (NWO) and the European Community as well as in several national research projects. The group participated in a large number of EU projects such as Healthy Poultry, SEAMLESS, FADNTOOL and FOODIMA.
Helmut W. Saatkamp (BSc, MSc, PhD) is associate-professor in Economics of Animal Health and Food Safety at the Business Economics group. He has studied Tropical Agriculture (BSc), Animal Science (MSc) and Economics of Animal Health (PhD). He has over 20 years of experience in research and education in the area of economics of animal diseases, particularly at the multi-disciplinary level ranging from veterinary and animal sciences over economics to decision support. He participated in a large number of national and international research projects (as researcher, WP-leader and co-ordinator), predominantly in the fields of highly contagious livestock diseases (AI, CSF, FMD, emerging infectious diseases), food safety and food quality (Salmonella, pig production, quality systems, production chain monitoring), animal disease surveillance, and decision support to policy makers (national and international levels).