Jaap Vos, Ph.D.
Professor of Planning and Natural Resources | Interim Director of the Environmental Science Program and Interim Department Head, Natural Resources and Society
Jaap is a professor of Planning and Natural Resources, Interim Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Society, and the Interim Director of Environmental Science. He has a Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a MS in Environmental Science from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Born in a small farmhouse and having grown up in a small rural place Jaap is really interested in rural places and how to maintain rural places as rural places rather than as places that are waiting to become urban. His current research is focused on how rural places can maintain their own unique character in the face of development pressure and increased external pressure.