Radboud University

Radboud University Nijmegen, Group Political Sciences of the Environment; Department Geography, Planning and Environment; Institute for Management Research (IMR); Nijmegen School of Management.

The Group on Political Sciences of the Environment addresses the domain of environmental policy and governance. The group participates in consortia on the governance of climate change adaptation, partnerships for sustainable development as well as European comparative research projects and education in environment and planning.

The Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic institutions in The Netherlands. Established in 1923, it has nine Faculties and enrols over 18.000 students in more than 100 study programmes. The Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) comprises one of the larger Faculties. The Faculty’s research is coupled in the Institute for Management Research (IMR) which has as its mission to create knowledge for society, by conducting fundamental and applied research on the development, design and effectiveness of the public and private structures that regulate, govern and manage human interactions. The Faculty includes the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPM) that employs around 20 tenured staff and 25 Ph.D. students.
The Group on Political Sciences of the Environment is part of the SCAPES (The Shaping and Changing of Places and Spaces) – programme that is focused on processes of changing (social, economic and environmental) meanings of places for individuals, communities and states and the consequences for territorial governance. Within SCAPES, researchers work on various themes, like transnational territorial cooperation, strategic spatial planning, the geopolitics and geography of territorial borders, migration and development, territorial identities, regional governance in Western and non-Western countries, transport and spatial development, water management, environmental policy and governance, land policy and location development

mark_wieringDr. Mark A. Wiering will have coordinating tasks and supervise the researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen. He will be responsible for WP 3, together with Marleen van Rijswick and have coordinating responsibilities in other WP’s. He studied political sciences at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. From 1993 till 1998 he worked at the Law Faculty in Nijmegen, department Sociology of Law, where he wrote a socio-legal thesis on enforcement agencies in agro-environmental policy. Currently he is Associate- Professor at the group Political Sciences of the Environment (Milieu en Beleid) of the Radboud University Nijmegen. He is part of the Centre for Water and Society at the RU. His research domain involves the institutional dynamics of water management and environmental policy. His topics include shock events and institutional change, climate adaptation policies, the dynamic relationships between water and spatial planning, cross border co-operation in river basin management and (EU-) comparative implementation studies. He was editor of several books and academic articles.

pieter_leroyProf. Dr. Pieter Leroy is full Professor of Political Sciences of the Environment at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, since 1994. He has a long research experience in the analysis of environmental politics and policies. His recent research, firstly, focuses on institutional analysis in the environmental field, in particular on the emergence and functioning of new policy arrangements, in a context of more encompassing societal and political changes.   Most of his research has a comparative, either cross-national or cross-sector character. He carried out a series of policy evaluation studies and co-authored a seminal book on the methodologies
thereof. Second, his research focuses on the role of environmental knowledge in decision-making, new forms of knowledge production including transdisciplinarity and the science-policy interface. Leroy is a member or chair of scientific councils and advisory boards on environmental and sustainability issues, on social sciences environmental research, and on environmental policy making in Belgium (State of the Environment report; Co-ordinator of the Centre of Expertise on Environmental Policy), France (Service Central de l’Observation et des Statistiques du Ministère en charge du développement durable), the Netherlands (Sustainability Monitor) and at EU level (on biodiversity and environmental policy evaluation), and reviewer for a series of reports of these institutes. Apart from institutional analyses in environmental sub-domains such as waste management, water policies, nature conservation and others, his research focuses on topics such as public participation, the role of environmental knowledge in decision making, the science-policy interface and (participatory) environmental policy evaluation.

duncan_liefferinkDr. ir. Duncan Liefferink (1964) is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Political Sciences of the Environment at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (Environment and the nation state, Manchester University Press, 1996). His main research fields are European and comparative environmental politics, with a particular interest in the dynamic interrelationship between national and EU environmental policy making. He is co-editor of a number of books and author of various articles and book chapters on European and comparative environmental policy. In addition, he is co-editor of the Issues in environmental politics series, published by Manchester University Press.

Maria1_compressedMaria Kaufmann has an MSc in Environmental Sciences (specialization in “Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management”) from the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Already during her studies, Maria focused on flood risk management issues mainly looing at these from a policy perspective and carried out international comparative analyses, e.g.: comparing flood risk management policies in Australia and the Netherlands; or discussing the policy instruments applied to encourage private flood-proofing in various European countries.

Wessel-Ganzevoort_compressedWessel Ganzevoort has a MSc in Social and Political Sciences of the Environment from Radboud University Nijmegen. His thesis was about the involvement of recreationists in the management of the river Waal, and he has a prononounced interest in stakeholder participation and public views on nature.



Dr. Mark A. Wiering is the contact person: m.wiering@fm.ru.nl

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