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Analysing institutional change in enviro...

Analysing institutional change in environmental governance

Understanding how institutions change is critical to improving environmental governance at all scales. In this paper we explore the concept of ‘institutional work’ within broader theorising about institutional change and evolving governance. Institutional work focuses on the role of actors in creating, maintaining, or disrupting institutional frameworks (Lawrence et al., 2009. It is a concept […]

Nieuwe kansen voor Nationale Parken

Nieuwe kansen voor Nationale Parken

Op 17 maart 2016 is met het Festival Nationale Parken de aftrap gegeven voor een driejarig programma ‘Nationale Parken van Wereldklasse’. Op de website http://www.nationaleparkenwereldklasse.nl is te lezen dat het doel van dit programma is om samen met belanghebbenden van Nationale Parken een sterk merk te maken en daarvoor een nieuwe standaard te ontwikkelen: Nationale Parken […]

How to improve the adaptive capacity of ...

How to improve the adaptive capacity of Dutch Planning

10 proposals for change that, once implemented, will make the planning system less rigid and more adaptive. > New book. Free download @ InPlanning. > More information about Evolutionary Governance  @ governancetheory.com. Spatial planning is facing a paradox. The last decades have witnessed a growing number of scholars and professionals that criticize the possibilities of […]

Perceived (In)justice of Public Land Acq...

Perceived (In)justice of Public Land Acquisition

Many studies have addressed the justice of public land acquisition, but few studies have addressed the question of what landowners perceive as just. Individual perceptions drive an important part of the social and scientific debates on legitimate and just land acquisition. This article addresses this gap by studying landowners’ and land purchasers’ perceptions of just […]

Smart cities, smart planning & smart gro

Smart cities, smart planning & smart growth

All over the world planners are developing novel approaches to manage urban growth in more sustainable ways, in ways more sensitive to spatial quality and to social, economic and ecological contexts. There is a widely shared understanding that the success of such approaches depends on the possibilities to integrate an almost overwhelming variety of objectives. Smart […]

Co-creatie van kennis over landschap en ...

Co-creatie van kennis over landschap en natuur

Burgerinitiatieven op het terrein van natuur- en landschapsbeheer, traditioneel het domein van overheden, nemen in aantal toe. Wat betekent dat voor de rol van kennis en van kennisproducenten op deze terreinen? Daar is nog maar weinig empirisch onderzoek naar gedaan. Maar ervaring met onderzoek voor en met burgerinitiatieven is er wel degelijk, namelijk bij wetenschapswinkels. […]

Rural innovation in Alberta

Rural innovation in Alberta

Last weekend I had the pleasure to be invited to join a conference on rural innovation organized by the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) and Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED). The conference offered  community development professionals, councilors, mayors, and a range of other people actively involved in governing the rural areas, […]

Sfeerimpressie van de vogelwachters in d...

Sfeerimpressie van de vogelwachters in de Slufter

Van 31 mei tot en met 7 juni zijn we een week lang vogelwachter geweest bij de slufter op Texel. De belangrijkste taak van de vogelwachters is het voorkomen dat bezoekers het broedgebied betreden en de daar broedende en rustende vogels verstoren. Daarnaast informeren de vogelwachters de bezoekers over het gebied, het belang van rust […]

Corporate Responsibility for Sustainable...

Corporate Responsibility for Sustainable Development

‘An excellent resource for students who want to understand why traditionally “soft” issues for business like human rights, the environment, or diversity have now become “hard” – hard to ignore, hard to manage, and very hard for businesses that get them wrong‘ Since the beginning of this month I am supervising the Open University course […]