Doktorand Harold Opdenbosch

Senast ändrad: 15 november 2021
Porträttbild av Harold Opdenbosch. Foto.

Harold aims to fill the gap between research and implementation and improve the relation between sustainable practices and their implementation amongst Swedish livestock producers.

What background do you have?

I did my bachelor’s in Economics at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management where I gained a strong economic background and analytical skills but also realized the need for me to give more sense to my learnings. I therefore moved to Sweden to pursue my studies with a greater emphasis on the environment and its challenges and did my master’s in Environmental Economics at SLU. 

What previous experience do you have? 

I have taken no professional break from my studies as I have done my bachelor’s, master’s and now PhD, continuously.  However, during my bachelor’s, I worked for a non-profit aimed at reducing single-used plastics within the bar/restaurant industry in Brussels where, through responsibilities and collaborations, I demonstrated strong teamwork skills, developed my communication expertise and the ability to come up with new initiatives and take responsibilities, all for a better environment.

Why have you applied for this position? 

During my master’s, I smoothly transitioned my interests in economics towards the agricultural landscape as I started to learn more about it. Eventually, I gained valuable experience and deeper understanding on animal production and Swedish producers through the elaboration of my thesis on farmers willingness to adopt silvopasture practices. I therefore applied for the SustAinimal PhD position in economics as I wanted to seize the opportunity to keep working and actively participate in the transition towards sustainable and resilient livestock production as this is more relevant than ever. 

What are your hopes and expectations for your work in SustAinimal?  

My expectations are mainly concentrated around meeting my ambitions of better filling the gap between research and implementation and improving the relation between sustainable practices and their implementation amongst Swedish livestock producers. I hope to achieve this particularly by assessing and enhancing the role of policy and communication.

Why do you think this is important?

The role of animal production could be most predominant in reversing the climate crisis if policy and communication better enhanced the implementation of sustainable and resilient practices.

Why do you want to do this work? 

To be part of a project of great relevance and necessity.