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Short CV

Louke van Wensveen is an virtue ethicist who builds bridges between private sector players and the communities they impact. Dr. Van Wensveen publishes and consults in the areas of sustainable development cooperation, religion and development, sustainability leadership, corporate responsibility, and environmental virtue ethics. She is the author of Dirty Virtues (Prometheus, 2000), which chronicles the character traits that inspire people to build sustainable communities.

From 1998 to 2005 Dr. Van Wensveen helped to organize a stakeholder dialogue beween religious ethicists and the Washington-based Chlorine Chemistry Council, dealing with issues related to water disinfection, dioxins, and crop protection chemicals.


She also served two terms on Dow Chemical’s Corporate Environmental Advisory Council (CEAC).


After fifteen years in academia, Dr. Van Wensveen now combines applied research with strategic policy making, professional training and grassroots coaching for sustainable development.


Dr. van Wensveen has a son and a daughter and lives in the Netherlands.


Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • environmental virtue ethics
  • comparative (religious) virtue ethics
  • human sciences and virtue cultivation (neuroscience, social psychology, behavioral economics)
  • modular connections between virtue cultivation, household practices, organizational cultures, local resilience, and green economies (evolutionary systems thinking perspective)
  • sustainable business strategies (3P)
  • sustainable development cooperation (3P)


Professional Appointments:

  • Saxion University of Applied cinches, The Netherlands (Senior Researcher, 2012-present) 
  • Municipality of Brummen, The Netherlands (Municipal Executive for Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, 2010-11).
  • Oikos Foundation, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Senior Researcher, 2007-10).
  • Academia Vitae, Deventer, The Netherlands (Faculty, 2007-10).
  • Loyola Marymount University, Department of Theological Studies, Los Angeles, USA, (Associate Professor, 1998-2002; Assistant Professor, 1991-1998; Lecturer, 1988-1991).
  • San Francisco Theological Seminary, Claremont, USA (Adjunct Professor, 1993 and 1996).
  • Radboud University: Dept. of Theology, Nijmegen (Visiting Faculty, Spring 1994).
  • Wake Forest University, Dept. of Religion, Winston Salem, USA (Assistant Professor, 1987).



  • Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary (Religion and Society, 1987; dissertation: Interpreting Corporate Cultures).
  • A.B. Harvard University (Comparative Religion, 1983; magna cum laude).
  • G.T. Leiden University (Religious Studies, 1981).
  • I.B. United World College of the Atlantic (1978).


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