Jos Bijman is professor of cooperative organisations Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His educational background is in political science, economics and organisation studies. His current research focusses on strengthening producer organisations and cooperatives in food value chains, with specific attention to internal governance, member commitment, and board-management relationships.

Jos Bijman has been the project leader for the European Commission funded Support for Farmers’ Cooperatives project on the development and market position of agricultural cooperatives in all Member States of the European Union.

Jos Bijman is leading several research projects on the development of (agricultural) cooperatives around the world, particularly making comparisons among sectors, countries and continents. This implies also the study of the interaction between cooperative development and the national institutional environment. This research has lead to the 2016 book on Cooperatives, Economic Democratization and Rural Development.