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Research methods as bridging devices

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential, both analytically and practically, of understanding research methods as bridging devices. Methods can bridge theory and empirics, but it is argued that they can perform several bridging functions: between theory and praxis, between analysis and strategy and between past and future. The focus is on […]

Trusting the People and the System

Agri-environmental schemes have been introduced in numerous countries to combat biodiversity loss in agrarian landscapes that are important for both food production and biodiversity. The successful operation of such schemes depends strongly upon trust between actors involved, as well as trust in institutions that govern these schemes. However, the interplay between interpersonal and institutional trust […]

Spatial planning and place branding: ret...

Spatial planning and place branding are allies in the discovery and creation of place narratives and assets as well as in contributing to spatial transformation or the improvement of the socio-spatial and spatial-economic conditions of a place. However, the existing and potential linkages between spatial planning and place branding are yet to be explored by […]

Aanpak stikstof op korte termijn weinig ...

Aanpak stikstof

Op 4 oktober 2019 stuurde presenteerde de Minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit de eerste plannen om de uitstoot van stikstofoxiden te verlagen. Die reductie is nodig vanwege negatieve effecten op gezondheid, drinkwater en de kwaliteit van natuur, met als directe aanleiding de uitspraak waarin de Raad van State het Programma Aanpak Stikstof vernietigde. De […]

Blufpoker met slechte kaarten

“Stikstofregels raken 18.000 projecten”, kopte het NRC op 5 september 2019[i], met als ondertitel ‘De gevolgen van het stikstofbesluit van de Raad van State zijn veel groter dan gedacht’. De grote omvang van de impact is wellicht een verrassing voor iedereen die niet bekend was met het Programma Aanpak Stikstof (PAS), maar niet voor degenen […]

Zin en onzin in het “stikstofdebat”

In het radiopgromma Met het Oog op Morgen worden de Kamerleden William Moorlag (PvdA), Arne Weverling (VVD) en Laura Bromet (GroenLinks) geïnterviewd over de gevolgen van het vernietigen van het Programma Aanpak Stikstof (PAS) door de Raad van State en de richting die het beleid nu zou moeten nemen. Het interview geeft een mooi inkijkje […]

Call for papers: Institutional innovatio...

Trust in governance is key to the functioning and adaptation of governance systems. In many places waning levels of trust in governance have become an important driver for institutional innovation. The perceived lack of trust in governments and their institutions has triggered governments and civil society organizations to explore new forms of governance and various […]

The risky business of planning reform

In many countries throughout the EU recent planning reforms have reduced the possibilities for comprehensive and long-term planning. This paper explores the factors that explain why one of these countries, Poland, lost many of its tools for coordinating the policies and practices affecting spatial organization at the local level. The study, based on the discourses […]