Margreet van der Burg

Senior University Lecturer
Wageningen University


Margreet van der Burg has since 2002 been a senior university lecturer and researcher in gender studies/history related to food, agricultural and rural research and development, at Wageningen University. In 2006 she was a Rural Gender Studies Guest Professor in the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Professoriate Program, Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany; Oct 2015 till April 2016 visiting scholar at PennState University USA. Currently she is also the daily project leader for WUR partner of EU Gender-SMART.  

From 1984 onwards Margreet has been active in the field of (rural) gender studies, especially focused on farm women and gender in rural and agricultural development (programming) processes. She worked on gender and the development of agricultural educational and knowledge systems, gender and labour in family farming, education for farm and rural women, farm women’s voices and organisation, gender and rural, agricultural and food heritage. Cross cutting themes are food security, family based farming systems and agri-food chains, development programming, agricultural sciences, labour and care arrangements in family farming, gender and (structures of) resource allocation, representation and iconography, self-organisation, rurality in health and food movements, rural or agricultural feminism. She expanded her work from the Netherlands to the European/western level, and from 2000s onwards to the global level, both historical and contemporary with a historical perspective.