Gerhardus Schultink

Gerhardus Schultink

Department of Community Sustainability

Professor of International Resource Development and AgBio Research, and Director, Land Tenure and Administration Projects.

Telephone: (517) 353-1903
Fax: (517) 353-8994

Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
310 Natural Resources
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222


Professor Schultink conducts research and teaches International Resource Development, Comparative Environmental Policy, Land Use and Environmental Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment at the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. He also served as the Associate Director of the Land Policy Institute with responsibilities for international land use planning, policy and development studies. His extensive publication record reflects more than 30 years experience in natural resource surveys, sector and impact assessment, land use planning, rural economic development and policy analysis. He has provided international and domestic consultancies for private sector firms, government agencies, such as USAID, the USDA, as well as international organizations, such as FAO, UNDP and the World Bank, and numerous country governments. Currently he directs various Land Tenure, Administration and Development projects. 

From 1980 to 1991, he directed the Comprehensive Resource Inventory and Evaluation System (CRIES) project at Michigan State University, representing a trans-disciplinary systems approach to resource evaluation, development planning and policy analysis. His expertise includes integrated surveys, land use mapping using conventional and satellite remote sensing, spatial information system development and spatial modeling of agro-ecological productivity and land use dynamics, and coastal zone and watershed management studies. He directed the development of geographic information and agro-economic information systems to support land evaluation and policy analysis. CRIES software has been implemented in more than 40 countries and educational institutions. His involvement in project design, implementation, evaluation and technical assistance includes more than 20 countries.More recently, he worked with the Government of Indonesia and the World Bank to provide policy development support for its agrarian reform programs, with the Fulbright Foundation to establish an Environmental Protection Center in Thailand, with the Japanese Science Foundation and various Japanese universities on regional and agricultural planning issues, and with various European universities on academic program reviews in environmental and life sciences. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Agricultural Sciences, the Journal of Paddy and Water Environment, and Scientific Journals International. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Landscape Management, a graduate degree in Resource Management and Planning (with a minor in Business Administration), both from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in Resource Development, Michigan State University.

Selected AES Research Reports:

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Courses Schultink Teaches:

  • ESA 320 - Resource Management and Planning
  • ESA 415 - Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ACR 830 - Planning for Sustainable Development