van der Straaten, Jan 1935-
van der STRAATEN, Jan 1935-
PERSONAL: Born July 18, 1935, in De Werken en Sleeuwijk, Netherlands; son of Jan C. (in import business) and Anna (a painter; maiden name, Visser) van der Straaten; married Marijke Verhagen (a social department administrator), June 4, 1990; children: Jan Cornelis. Education: Erasmus University, M.A., 1971; Tilburg University, Ph.D., 1990. Hobbies and other interests: Mountain climbing, birding, cross-country skiing, photography, skating.
ADDRESSES: Home—Bredaseweg 335, 5037 LC Tilburg, Netherlands. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Strago Electro B.V. (importers and wholesalers of electronic products), Gorinchem, Netherlands, general director, 1953-67; Central Bureau of Statistics, The Hague, Netherlands, deputy head of Department of Environmental Statistics, 1969-73; Municipality of Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, deputy head of Department of Economic Research, 1973-74; Tilburg University, Tilburg, Netherlands, senior lecturer in regional and social economics, 1974-90, senior lecturer in leisure studies and senior researcher at Work and Organization Research Center, 1990-98, senior researcher at European Center for Nature Conservation, 1994-98. Lantbruksuniversitet, Uppsala, Sweden, guest lecturer and visiting fellow, 1993. Foundation Saxifraga, chair, 1991-2003; Dutch Environmental Group Alps, chair and member of board of directors, 1992-96; Brabants Landschap, member of board of directors, 1992-2003; Ecologicafl Circle Tilburg, member of board of directors, 1993-2003; Reallotment Commission Goirle, member, 1993-98. Presenter of television programs, including Cum Laude, broadcast by Nederland 3, 1990; Om Het Behoud van de Aarde (title means "For the Protection of the Earth"), Nederland 3, 1990; and Stortplaats (title means "Dumping Place"), Nederland 3, 1992; actor in the television movie Bloeiend Brabant (title means "Flowering Brabant"), broadcast 1992.
Zure Regen, Economische Theorie en het Nederlandse Beleid (title means "Acid Rain, Economic Theory, and the Dutch Policy"), Jan van Arkel (Utrecht, Netherlands), 1990, 2nd edition, 1990.
(Editor, with F. J. Dietz and F. van der Ploeg) Environmental Policy and the Economy, North-Holland (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1991.
(Editor, with Helen Briassoulis) Tourism and the Environment: Regional, Economic, and Policy Issues, Kluwer Academic (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 1992, 2nd edition, 2000.
(Editor, with F. J. Dietz and U. E. Simonis) Sustainability and Environmental Policy: Restraints and Advances, Sigma Verlag (Berlin, Germany), 1992.
(With F. J. Dietz and W. Hafkamp) Basisboek Milieu-Economie (title means "Handbook of Environmental Economics"), with workbook, Boom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1994.
(Editor, with J. C. J. M. van den Bergh) Toward Sustainable Development: Concepts, Methods, and Policy, Island Press (Washington, DC), 1994.
(Editor, with B. Bramwell, I. Henry, and others) Sustainable Tourism Management: Principles and Practice, Tilburg University Press (Tilburg, Netherlands), 1996.
(With N. Nelissen and L. Klinkers) Classics in Environmental Studies, International Books (Utrecht, Netherlands), 1996, 2nd edition, 1998.
(Editor, with J. C. J. M. van den Bergh) Economy and Ecosystems in Change: Analytical and Historical Approaches, Edward Elgar (Cheltenham, England), 1997.
(Editor, with Andrew Tylecote) Environment, Technology, and Economic Growth: The Challenge to Sustainable Development, Edward Elgar (Brookfield, VT), 1997.
(Editor, with Sylvie Faucheux and Martin O'Connor) Sustainable Development: Concepts, Rationalities, and Strategies, Kluwer Academic (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 1998.
(Editor, with Denis Requier-Desjardins and Clive Spash) Environmental Policy and Societal Aims, Kluwer Academic (Boston, MA), 1999.
(Editor, with Helen Briassoulis) Tourism and the Environment: Regional, Economic, Cultural, and Policy Issues, revised 2nd edition, Kluwer Academic (Boston, MA), 2000.
(Editor, with Joerg Koehn and John Gowdy) Sustainability in Action: Sectoral and Regional Case Studies, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2000.
(Editor, with Ekko van Ierland and Herman Vollebergh) Economic Growth and Valuation of the Environment: A Debate, Edward Elgar (Cheltenham, England), 2001.
(Editor, with Floor Brouwer) Nature and Agriculture in the European Union: New Policies that Shape the European Countryside, Edward Elgar (Cheltenham, England), 2002.
Gresse-en-Vercors: The Ecosystem of a Landscape (in Dutch), Saxifraga Foundation (Tilburg, Netherlands), 2003.
(Editor, with Jan J. Boersema, Tinus Pulles, and Joeri Bertels) De Oogst van Milieu (title means "The Yield of Milieu"), Boom (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2003.
Contributor to books. Contributor of nearly 300 articles to periodicals. Editor in chief, Milieu; member of editorial board, Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, and European Nature.
SIDELIGHTS: Jan van der Straaten once told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is that I like to do it. It is a challenge to formulate interesting topics in such as way that others are inclined to spend their time reading it. If others tell me that they read something I have written and they liked it, I am quite happy.
"My main interest is the relationship between ecology and economic science. Nature and the environment are for me the most important issues in life. I believe that nature and the environment have an intrinsic value which has to be respected by mankind. Economic science has to contribute to that level of thinking; otherwise, there is no reason for economic science.
"Writing is only possible for me if I have a well-structured idea. In the process of writing, however, I take the freedom to go in directions that I have not noticed before. The process of writing itself is like a dream. I go on, completely absorbed by my will to express myself adequately, forgetting everything around me."*