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Henri De Ruiter

Staff picture: Henri De Ruiter
Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
PhD Student
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The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Henri de Ruiter graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2012 (cum laude). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioural and Neurosciences from the University of Groningen. He started his PhD “The Implications of Achieving Healthy and Sustainable Diets for Future Land Use” in October 2013. His project is jointly funded by the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen’s Environment and Food Security Theme.

Current research interests

Producing sufficient and healthy food for a growing world population amid a changing climate is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. However, current food consumption patterns already have major consequences for environmental sustainability and human health. It is therefore increasingly recognised that the challenges of environmental sustainability and human health cannot be considered in isolation anymore and hence research on healthy and sustainable diets is urgently needed. Most of the research on healthy and sustainable diets considers the effects of food consumption on greenhouse gas emissions. Our current project builds on this by including another indicator for environmental sustainability, namely land use. We will investigate a diverse set of dietary scenarios and their consequences for land use in the UK and overseas. In doing so, this project will contribute to a better understanding of what comprises an environmentally sustainable diet that at the same time meets nutritional recommendations.

Past research

During his Master’s degree, Henri worked for a couple of months at the Institute of Social Ecology, University of Klagenfurt (Vienna, Austria).


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.