CCRI welcomes Belgian researcher to work on EU SURE-Farm project

William de Grunne
William de Grunne

The CCRI has today welcomed William de Grunne, who has come to work with the CCRI on the EU Horizon 2020 SURE-Farm project, which aims to build on concepts of resilience thinking and develop a comprehensive framework to identify the conditions that enable farming systems to become and remain resilient to a broad range of current and imminent stressors. The CCRI research team is led by Mauro Vigani.

William is using his research for the SURE-Farm project for his Master’s thesis and he will be with the CCRI until the 20th of December, 2018. He will be focussing on the FoPIA-SURE Farm workshop (Framework of Participatory Impact Assessment workshop) in the UK and will be analysing its results

William is from the rural East of Belgium, where his family run a farm. He completed a BSc in Plant Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands with a thesis entitled “Greenhouse gas emission calculators as tools for mitigation?” The thesis was completed in collaboration with the research institute, Plant Research International (PRI) and the Department of Plant Production Systems (PPS).

William has also worked for a European NGO, the European Landowners’ Organization, which represents land-owners, farmers and rural entrepreneurs at the EU Commission and Parliament.

William can be contacted via email on