Annelies Zoomers is professor of International Development Studies (IDS) at Utrecht University and chair of the Netherlands Land Academy (LANDac). After finishing her PhD in 1988, she worked for the Netherlands Economic Institute (Rotterdam) and the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam) on long- and short-term consulting assignments for various organizations (e.g. the World Bank, IFAD, ILO, EU, DGIS) in various countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Between 1995 and 2007 she was associate professor at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (Amsterdam) and was professor of International Migration at the Radboud University (Nijmegen) between 2005 and 2009. She has published extensively on sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviaton, the global land rush and international migration.