BSc Minor Policy and Governance for the Life Sciences (WUPGL) / BSc


This thematic BSc Minor focuses on policy processes and governance issues in the WUR domains, such as sustainable development, agriculture, rural areas, food quality, forest and nature conservation and water management. Because many life science problems are transboundary, special attention will be paid to processes of so-called multilevel governance. The integration of the analysis, evaluation and design of policy processes and governance mechanisms makes this minor special.
At the moment we observe a growing interest in Policy and Governance in the Wageningen domains, both in practice as in science. This multidisciplinary minor brings together the expertise about public administration, public management, political science and governance of the chair groups Public Administration and Policy (prof. dr ir Katrien Termeer), Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (prof. dr Bas Arts) and Environmental Policy (prof. dr ir Jan van Tatenhove).

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- analyze complex policy processes and governance mechanisms applied for the life sciences; - evaluate the main concepts, models and theories of policy and governance, applied for the life sciences;
- contribute to the designing of innovative policy arrangements and governance mechanisms for the life sciences;
- combine the analysis of policy processes and governance mechanisms with their design.

BSc Minor Coordinator

Prof. dr ir J.P.M. van Tatenhove
Phone: 0317-(4)82447

Target Group

This minor is interesting for all students who are interested in policy making and governance for WUR related policy domains and for those who look for a professional career as a consultant, civil servant or researcher in which they have to deal with public governance and governmental organizations. The minor is not open for students from BEB, BTO and BBN-A.

Components of the BSc Minor