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Royal Dutch Shell Connections with Utrecht University

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A team of historians, all associated with Utrecht University was hired by Shell to author “A History of Royal Dutch Shell,” a four-volume work published in 2007. 

Seems reasonable to conclude that the University and those associated with it, including the hired historians, would not wish to upset such an important benefactor/partner. 

That may explain the spin when they dealt with a particularly sensitive chapter in Shell’s past – its direct dealings with Hitler and the Nazis. 

Shell contributed 50% of €1.5 million grant to joint research project involving Utrecht University. 

Shell is a collaboration partner in the University of Utrecht Faculty of Science

Shell and NAM provide major research funding to Utrecht University

Several of the Alumni at Utrecht University work for Shell. 

A member of the Social Advisory Council of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University works for Shell – one of six members. 

A member of the Supervisory Board of Utrecht University is a retired senior Shell executive, Jan van der Eijk and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

1 Comment on “Royal Dutch Shell Connections with Utrecht University”

  1. #1 Dan
    on Jun 20th, 2021 at 18:01

    Hi Mr Donovan, are there any updates/new resources available on the connection of Shell and Utrecht University? I see so much greenwashing by both companies these days I just wonder how much is deliberately hidden. Thanks.

    Response by John Donovan:

    Hello Dan, no developments of which I am aware. Please let me know if you are aware of any further connections.

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