Professor van Genderen obtained his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Queensland, Australia. His M.Sc. was in remote sensing from the ITC in the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in remote sensing was obtained from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom in 1972.
For the past 45 years he has been active in remote sensing techniques and applications in Developing countries. In terms of methodologies, his specialties have been image processing, Image and data fusion, SAR interferometry and signal processing. In terms of Applications, he has published highly cited articles in the fields of natural and man-induced disasters, coastal zones, etc.
He has supervised dozens of post-graduate students, and has acted as an external examiner for such students in many countries, including many of the Belt and Road countries.