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 Dr. Jaap Hanekamp


Born in Terneuzen (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen) in 1964, the author received his first Ph.D. in 1992 at the chemistry and medicine faculties of the Utrecht University together with his father, who received his Ph.D. in theology on the same day. After working roughly a year at AKZO-Nobel in Deventer, in 1994 he left with his wife and unborn son to the United States to join the University of California Riverside as a post-doc.

Back in the Netherlands in 1995, chemistry was traded in for a job in which science, policymaking, and societal issues were at the centre of his interest. Food chemistry, food safety and security, toxicological modelling, environmental health, and other risk assessment and management topics are frequently on his plate. Twice he functioned as an expert witness in court cases (one of which was a criminal court case) dealing with low-level presence of antibiotics in foods and the purported risks involved, both of which were settled in favour of the presented science.

He published numerous scientific articles on these and other issues, but also intermittently adds to the public debate by op-eds in different (inter)national newspapers such as the Financieele Dagblad, Nederlands Dagblad, Wall Street Journal, and regional and specialised newsprints such as Agrarisch Dagblad, De Boerderij, and V-focus. In 2015, he re-entered the debate on ammonia emissions from animal rearing in the Netherlands. Moreover, between 1996 and 2000 he and his wife Winie foster-parented in total nine teenagers (4 at the time, though). With Winie, he has three children.

Apart from his work at the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, where he teaches chemistry, history and philosophy of science, and the sustainability capstone since 2016, he has his own (small) researchcompany HAN-Research in which independent scientific research for third party contractors is carried out. Since 2011 he became an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, department of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences. As of 2012, he is member of the editorial board of the Journal Dose-Response.

Precautionary culture proved to be a recurrent theme in some of his recent scientific work. That resulted, under the supervision of prof. dr. Erik Borgman, in a new Ph.D.-thesis titled Utopia and Gospel: Unearthing the Good News in Precautionary Culture, which he defended on the 11th of February 2015 at the Tilburg University.


 Peer-reviewed publications (selection)

  • A. Bast, J.C. Hanekamp, 2017. Toxicology: What everyone should know, A Book for Researchers, Consumers, Journalists and Politicians. Academic Press, Elsevier, UK. 

  • J.C. Hanekamp, W.M. Briggs, and M. Crok, 2017. A volatile discourse – reviewing aspects of ammonia emissions, models and atmospheric concentrations in The Netherlands. Soil Use and Management. doi:10.1111/sum.12354

  • J.C. Hanekamp, M. Crok, M. Briggs, 2017. Ammoniak in Nederland. Enkele kritische wetenschappelijke kanttekeningen. V-focus, Wageningen.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2016. Unravelling the Planetary Boundaries Discourse – Scientism and Utopian Thought. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 24(2): 119 – 122.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, L. Bergkamp, 2016. The ‘Best Available Science’ and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. European Journal of Risk Regulation 7(1): 42 – 48.
  • E.J. Calabrese, D.Y. Shamoun, J.C. Hanekamp, 2016. The Integration of LNT and Hormesis for Cancer Risk Assessment Optimizes Public Health Protection. Health Physics 110(3): 256 – 259.
  • L. Bergkamp, J.C. Hanekamp, 2015. Climate Change Litigation against States: The Perils of Court-Made Climate Policies. European Energy and Environmental Law Review 24(5): 102 – 114.
  • E.J. Calabrese, D.Y. Shamoun, J.C. Hanekamp, 2015. Cancer risk assessment: Optimizing human health through linear dose–response models. Food and Chemical Toxicology 81:137 – 140.
  • ​J.C. Hanekamp. 2015. Utopia and Gospel: Unearthing the Good News in Precautionary Culture. PhD Thesis, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2015. Book Review. 'The Butterfly Defect – How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do About It.' Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (1): 42 – 45.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2015. Antibiotics exposure and health risks: Chloramphenicol. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 39: 213– 220.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, E.J. Calabrese, 2015. Nutrition and health—transforming research traditions. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 55: 1074 – 1080.
  • A. Bast, J.C. Hanekamp, 2014. “You can’t always get what you want” - Linearity as the Golden Ration of Toxicology. Dose-Response 12(4) 664 – 672.
  • A. Bast, W.M. Briggs, E.J. Calabrese, M.F. Fenech, J.C. Hanekamp, R. Heaney, G. Rijkers, B. Schwitters, P. Verhoeven, 2013. Scientism, Legalism and Precaution – Contending with Regulating Nutrition and Health Claims in Europe. European Food and Feed Law Review 6: 401 – 409. 
  • A. Bast, J.C. Hanekamp, 2013. Chemicals and Health – Thought for Food. Dose-Response 11: 295 – 300.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, R, Pieterman, P. Ricci, 2012. The administrative ordering of nature and society – precaution and food safety at the molecular and global level. The European Journal of Risk Regulation 3: 313 – 325.
  • E.J. Calabrese, R.R. Cook, J.C. Hanekamp, 2012. Linear No Threshold (LNT) – The New Homeopathy. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 31(12): 2723.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, J. Kwakman, 2012. Of Reductionism and the Pendulum Swing: Connecting Toxicology and Human Health. Dose-Response 10: 155 – 176.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, K. Olieman, 2011. Crossing the ecological threshold – of scientific analysis, natural chemicals and global trade. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 399: 2223 – 2224.
  • I. Helsloot, R. Pieterman, J.C. Hanekamp, 2010. Risico’s en redelijkheid. Verkenning naar een rijksbreed beoordelingskader voor de toelaatbaarheid van risico’s. Boom Juridische Uitgevers, Den Haag. [Risks and reasonableness. Enquiry into a nation-wide format of appraisal for the permissibility of risks.] (Scientific advisory study for the Dutch cabinet of ministers.)
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2010. Antibiotics Use in Food-producing Animals – Legal Requirements and Critical Notions. In: Heldman, D.R. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food. Routledge, London.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, J.H.J.M. Kwakman, 2009. Towards Intended Normal Use (Part I): A European Appraisal of the Chloramphenicol Case and some Thoughts on the Potential of Global Harmonization of Antibiotics Regulation. In: Boisrobert, C., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (eds.) Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization. Academic Press, New York, 193 – 208.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, B. Schwitters, 2009. New RDAs and Intended Normal Use (Part II) — Efficient Tools in the Universal Management of Risks and Benefits of Micronutrients. In: Boisrobert, C., Stjepanovic, A., Oh, S., Lelieveld, H. (eds.) Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization. Academic Press, New York, 311 – 331.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2009. Neither Acceptable nor Certain – Cold War Antics for the 21st Century Precautionary Culture. Erasmus Law Review 2(2): 221 – 257.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, R. Pieterman, 2009. Risk communication in precautionary culture – the precautionary coalition. Human & Experimental Toxicology 15(1): 5 – 6.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2008. Why RDA’s and UL’s are incompatible standards in the U-Shape Micronutrient Model. A philosophically orientated analysis of micronutrients standardisations. Risk Analysis 28(6): 1639 – 1652.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2008. Micronutrients, Hormesis and the Aptitude for the Maturation of Regulation. American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology 3(1): 141 – 148.
  • S.W. Verstegen, J.C. Hanekamp, 2007. The Sustainability Debate: Idealism versus Conformism – the Controversy over Economic Growth. In: J. Oosthoek, B.K. Gills (eds.) The Globalization of Environmental Crisis. Rethinking Globalizations. Routledge, London, 67 – 80.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, E.J. Calabrese, 2007. Chloramphenicol, European Legislation and Hormesis. Dose-Response 5: 91 – 93.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2007. Hormesis in a precautionary regulatory culture: models preferences and the advancement of science. Human & Experimental Toxicology 26: 855 – 873.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2007 Response to commentators. Human & Experimental Toxicology 26: 875 – 876.
  • B. Schwitters, G. Achanta, D. van der Vlies, H. Morisset, A. Bast, J.C. Hanekamp, 2007. The European regulation of food supplements and food fortification. Intended Normal Use – the Ultimate Tool in Organising Level Playing Field Markets and Regulations or How to Break the Fairy Ring around ‘Other Substances’. Environmental Law & Management 19: 19 – 29.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2007. Food Supplements and European Regulation within a Precautionary Context: a Critique and Implications for Nutritional, Toxicological and Regulatory Consistency. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 47: 267 – 285.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2007. New recommended daily allowances: benchmarking healthy European micronutrient regulation. Environmental Liability 4: 155 – 162.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, S.W. Verstegen, 2006. The Problem with the Precautionary Principle: The Paternalism of the Precautionary Coalition. In: Panton, J., Hartwich, O.M. (eds.) Science vs Superstition. The Case for a New Scientific Enlightenment. University of Buckingham Press, Buckingham, p. 22 – 34.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, 2006. Food supplements and fortified foods: The EC’s patriarchal precautionary perspectives on public health. Environmental Liability 5: 181 – 191.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2006. Precaution and Cholera: a Response to Tickner and Gouveia-Vigeant. Risk Analysis 26(4): 1013 – 1019.
  • I. Forrester, J.C. Hanekamp, 2006. Precaution, science and jurisprudence: a test case. Journal of Risk Research 9: 297 – 311.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2006. The precautionary principle: a critique in the context of the EU Food Supplements Directive. Environmental Liability 2: 1 – 9.
  • R. Pieterman, J.C. Hanekamp, L. Bergkamp, 2006. Onzekere voorzorg bedreigt de rechtszekerheid. Nederlands Juristenblad 1: 2 – 8. [Ambiguous precaution threatens the rule of law.]
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2005. Veterinary residues and new European legislation: a new hope? Environmental Liability 1: 52 – 55.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, G. Vera-Navas, S.W. Verstegen, 2005. The historical roots of precautionary thinking: the cultural ecological critique and ‘The Limits to Growth’. Journal of Risk Research 8(4): 295 – 310.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, 2004. Beyond zero-tolerance: a new approach to food safety and residues of pharmacological active sub-stances in foodstuffs of animal origin. Environmental Liability 1: 33 – 39.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, G. Frapporti, K. Olieman, 2003. Chloramphenicol, food-safety and precautionary thinking in Europe. Environmental Liability 6: 209 – 219.

Studies (selection):

  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2012. Hergebruik van tarragrond van aardappelverwerkende bedrijven – Een monitoringsstudie naar chloorprofam en 3-chlooraniline. HAN-Research, Zoetermeer. [Recycling of soil tare of potato processing companies – a monitoring study of chlorpropham and 3-chloroaniline.]
  • J.C. Hanekamp, 2010. Chloorprofam en monochlooranilinen in tarragrond van aardappelverwerkende bedrijven: Een beknopte analyse. HAN-Research, Zoetermeer. [Chloropropham and monochloroanilines in soils of the potato-processing industry: a concise analysis.]
  • P.C. le Roux, W.R. Pullen, K.H. Dekker, J.C. Hanekamp, 2009. Kosten-kwaliteitsvraagstukken over Huisvesting en Organisatie. Casus: Energiesimulaties Rijkshuisvesting. Center for People and Buildings, Delft. [Costs-quality issues with respect to Housing and Organisation. Case study: Energy simulations Government Buildings.]
  • J.C. Hanekamp, R.J. Wijnands, 2004. Analytical technology, risk analysis and residues of veterinary substances: A précis and a proposal for coherent and logical clinical residue legislation. Joint FAO-WHO Technical Workshop on Residues of Veterinary Drugs without ADI/MRL (Bangkok, Thailand 24-26 August 2004), 2004, working document.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, G. Frapporti, 2003. Regulated substances in the Construction Products Directive(CPD): the Load Concept. HAN Foundation, Amsterdam.
  • R. Pieterman, J.C. Hanekamp, 2002. The cautious society? An essay on the rise of the precautionary culture. HAN Foundation, Amsterdam.
  • A. Bezoen, W. van Haren, J.C. Hanekamp, 1999. Emergence of a debate: AGPs and public health. HAN Foundation, Amsterdam. (Translated in Japanese.)
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, R.D. Schuiling, M. Donze, 1999. Nitraat: enkele kanttekeningen. H2O 21: 25 – 26. [Nitrate: some observations.]
  • J.C. Hanekamp, A. Bast, R.D. Schuiling, M. Donze, 1999. De nitraatdiscussie: nog een stap. H2O 24: 41 – 42. [The nitrate discussion: an additional step.] 

Peer-reviewed PhD and student articles

  • J.C. Hanekamp, R. Boer Rookhuizen, H.J.T. Bos, L. Brandsma, 1992. 25-Hydroxydihydrotachysterol2. An innovative synthesis of a key metabolite of Dihydrotachysterol2. Tetrahedron 48(42): 9283 – 9294.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, R. Boer Rookhuizen, H.J T. Bos, L. Brandsma, 1992. Phosphorus ylide chemistry investigated for Dihydrotachysterol2 metabolite side-chain synthesis. The Wittig approach. Tetrahedron 48(24): 5151 – 5162.
  • R. Boer Rookhuizen, J.C. Hanekamp, H.J.T. Bos, 1992. A synthesis of A-ring synthons for dihydrotachysterols. Tetrahedron Letters 33(12): 1633 – 1636.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, R. Boer Rookhuizen, H.L.A. v. d. Heuvel, H.J.T. Bos, L. Brandsma, 1991. A short and efficient synthesis of DE-A,B(22E,24S)-8b-(benzoyloxy)-25-hydroxyergost-22-ene. A valuable intermediate in the total synthesis of 25-hydroxylated vitamin D2 metabolites. Tetrahedron Letters 32(39): 5397 – 5400.
  • P.A.A. Klusener, H. Hommes, J.C. Hanekamp, A.C.H.T.M. v. d. Kerk, L. Brandsma, 1991. Butyllithium induced dimerization of pent-3-en-1-yne and related additions. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 409(1–2): 67 – 81.
  • P.A.A. Klusener, J.C. Hanekamp, L. Brandsma, P. von R. Schleyer, 1990. Experimental and theoretical study of dimetalation of phenylacetylene and (1-naphtyl)acetylene. Journal of Organic Chemistry 55(4): 1311 – 1321.
  • H. Andringa, J.C. Hanekamp, L. Brandsma, 1990. The copper halide-catalyzed mono-substitution of bromine in a,w-dibromoalkanes by Grignard reagents. A re-investigation. Synthetic Communications 20(15): 2349 – 2351.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, P.A.A. Klusener, 1989. Regiospecific functionalization of dimetalated (1-naphtyl) acetylene. Efficient synthetic procedures for naphto[2,1-b]chalcophenes. Synthetic Communications 19(15): 2691 – 2701.
  • J.C. Hanekamp, P.A.A. Klusener, 1989. A practical large-scale synthesis of (1-naphtyl)acetylene. Synthetic Communications 19(15): 2677 – 2682.




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