Margreet van der Burg is senior university lecturer/researcher in gender studies, especially focusing on food, agricultural and rural research and development. Gender is seen as intersecting with other social dimensions, expressed by using gender+. She is based in the Social Sciences department, adjunct to the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands. Currently, she is also WUR Daily Project leader for Gender-SMART, an EU-Horizon 2020-project (no 824546) that supports WUR as one of the partners in agricultural and life sciences to further advancing a Gender+ SMART WUR as well as consortium work package leader for gender+-integration into research, education and funding.
Her work includes gender and the development of agricultural educational and knowledge systems, family farming, agriculture-oriented organisations, as well as rural, agricultural and food iconography and heritage. She expanded her work from the Netherlands to the European/western level, and from 2000s onwards to the global level, both historical and contemporary. Within her position at Wageningen, in 2006 she also served as Rural Gender Studies Guest Professor in the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Professoriate Program from German Lower Saxony, at the Institute for Rural Development, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Goettingen, Germany. 10 years later she was visiting scholar with Carolyn Sachs, Professor in Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies at PennState University, USA. Lately, she closely works with gender specialists in the worldwide CGIAR institutes (Consortium of International Agricultural Research). Through the years, she engaged in many professional and outreach activities such as conferences, TV documentaries and travelling exhibitions, as well as in building professional networks and organisations.