The Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam has appointed professor Inge Hutter to the post of Rector of the International Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in The Hague. Professor Hutter is currently dean of the Faculty of Spatial Science and professor of Demography at the University of Groningen. She is the successor of professor Leo de Haan, who delivers his valedictory lecture on Thursday 18 June 2015.
Since 2011, professor Hutter has been dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in Groningen. She graduated in 1988 in Non-Western Demography (University of Groningen) and Cultural Anthropology (Utrecht University). In 1994, she received her PhD cum laude in Groningen. Her PhD thesis was on the nutrition of pregnant women in rural South India. Hutter was appointed professor of Demography ten year later.
In appointing professor Hutter, the Executive Board follows the advice given by the ISS search and selection committee. According to the committee, she is an excellent researcher with a particular interest in research methodologies. Hutter focuses on high-quality research with high societal relevance, using participatory methods, and she is a strong proponent of a multi-disciplinary approach. Her research interests include population, mortality and health, reproductive health and their embedding in cultural meaning systems. She has also done work on aging and migration. Professor Hutter has conducted research (and lived) in Cameroon, India and Malawi and has also carried out consultancy work.
Hutter has a track record in gaining funding for research and capacity-building. Hutter has taught the full gamut of bachelor and master programmes over the years, as well as supervising numerous PhD researchers from Ghana, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Pakistan and The Netherlands.
Hutter currently chairs the International Advisory Committee for the Research Programme Inclusive Development in Sub-Saharan Africa of WOTRO Science for Global Development. Recently she chaired the International Advisory Committee for the knowledge agenda on security and the rule of law of this organisation. Hutter has also been active in IDPAD (a research collaboration between the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and WOTRO) and in CERES (Research School for Resource Studies for Development).
Professor Hutter will start work at ISS in mid-August. "I very much look forward to bringing my management experience into the leadership and strategic thinking of ISS and Erasmus University. I believe that ISS can play a leading and exemplary role in the societal impact and valorisation of its research. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the highly international organisation of empassioned colleagues, who make up ISS."
Hutter is the successor of professor De Haan, who has been rector of ISS since 1 May 2010. On Thursday 18 June 2015, he will deliver his valedictory lecture.