Boonstra is mainly active in the research field of international economics, European integration and monetary issue. In addition to his position at Rabobank, Wim is affiliated to the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the VU University Amsterdam, where he is Professor in Economic and Monetary Policy. He lectures on money and banking systems, among other subjects. He has held numerous additional positions over the years, including President of the Monetary Commission of the European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC). Moreover, Boonstra is a director of the Executive Board of SEO Economic Research, among others. He has been a member of the Council of SUERF (The European Money and Finance Forum) for more than six years.
Boonstra has numerous publications to his name on a variety of subjects, including European integration, banking, international financial stability and monetary policy.
Boonstra was Chief Economist and head of Economic Research (KEO), one of the predecessor of RaboResearch.