Master of Science in Biology, University Amsterdam, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in Science Dynamics, University Amsterdam, 1987.
Science staff member department biology and society University Amsterdam, 1976-1980, associate professor department science dynamics, 1980—1989, part time professor department environmental science, 1990—1996. Senior researcher The Netherlands Organization Center for Technology and Policy Studies, Apeldoorn, Netherlands, 1989—1995. Senior environmental consultant Philips Consumer Electronics, 1995—1997, Akzo Nobel, 1997—1999.
Part time professor department environmental management Tilburg University, 1990—1996, Erasmus University, 1999—2005. Part time professor in corporation social responsibility University Utrecht, Copernicus Institute, 2005—2007. Dutch minister spatial planning and environment, 2007—2010.
Science director Utrecht Center Earth and Sustainability, since 2010. Vice chairman Advisory Council for Environmental Management, 1994-1996, Advisory Council for Research on Nature and Environment, 1987-1993. Member The Netherlands Council Traffic and Waterworks, 1992-1996.
Member Committee Sustainable Development of Dutch Socio-Economics Council, since 1991. Member advisory committee Responsible Care, Association Dutch Chemical Industry, since 1992. Senior consultant Philips Sound & Vision, since 1995.
Member Dutch Advisory Committee Economy, Ecology and Technology Subsidy Programme, since 1996. Member advisory board Netherlands Institute Health and Environmental, 1998-2006.
She is member of the Board of directors at Royal Dutch Shell and a member of the Social-Economic Council.
Married Sabinus Luitzen Sander Kooistra. Children: Tessa Lianne, Daniël.