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Jetske Vaas


Jetske is a pursuing a PhD at Utrecht University, on decision-making regarding invasive plant species in the Dutch Caribbean. She is doing so from a governance perspective, looking at stakeholders’ perceptions, the involved costs and benefits and the interaction between the Dutch government and its municipalities overseas. Combining her insights with her colleague Elizabeth Haber’s ecological insights should culminate in a decision support system, facilitating local actors in managing the uncertainties and risks involved with invasive plant species.


Jetske holds a Master’s degree in International development studies from Wageningen University, and a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Utrecht University. She spent a year in Costa Rica researching the payment for environmental services scheme in place for the nation’s forests, as well as doing internships with the ministry of foreign affairs and the national institute for women. Next to that, she worked close to a year at the Dutch research institute Deltares in the Economic Scenarios and Innovation department.

Jetske Vass, along with her colleague Elizabeth Haber,  will be presenting on October 23rd, 2018. We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!


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