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Flat ontology and evolving governance

In this paper we explore the consequences of a flat ontology for planning theory and practice through the lens of Evolutionary Governance Theory (EGT). We present a perspective in which the ontological hierarchies assumed in planning and beyond are left behind, but also one that allows for understanding how hierarchies and binaries can emerge from […]

Understanding public trust in water mana...

Public trust in water managers is often considered an important precondition for the effective implementation of sustainable water-management practices. Although it is well known that general public trust in government institutions is under pressure, much less is known in the literature on water governance whether such distrust also affects general and task-specific trust of the […]

De (on)mogelijkheden van een adaptieve o...

Wetenschappelijk onderzoek betekent in de praktijk regelmatig inspelen op onverwachte omstandigheden, nieuwe inzichten en allerlei problemen die zich kunnen voordoen. Een zekere mate van flexibiliteit is dus gewenst. Toch besteden methodeboeken meestal weinig aandacht aan de mogelijkheden om het onderzoek gaandeweg aan te passen. In het artikel ‘Adaptive methodology. Topic, theory, method and data in […]

Spatial planning & place branding nexus

Governments increasingly use place branding strategies to position their cities and urban regions on the inter-territorial competitive stage. Next to spatial planning, it also offers them a new means for setting frameworks and principles to guide the location of development and physical infrastructure and for promoting social, economic and ecologically sustainable development. In recent years, […]

Overheid verhoogt maatschappelijke koste...

De achteruitgang van de natuur en het verlies van biodiversiteit dwingen overheden om maatregelen te nemen om de stikstofdepositie te verminderen. Het opkopen van veehouderijbedrijven is een van die maatregelen. Op basis van het Programma Aanpak Stikstof (PAS) hebben diezelfde overheden in de afgelopen 5 jaar echter duizenden vergunningen uitgedeeld. Het overgrote deel daarvan betrof […]

Comparative Planning Research

In this article, the authors develop a perspective on the value of, and methodologies for, comparative planning research. Through comparative research, similarities and differences between planning cases and experiences can be disentangled. This opens up possibilities for learning across planning systems, and possibly even the transfer of best planning and policy practices across systems, places, […]

Stikstof in internationaal perspectief

De eind vorig jaar aangenomen spoedwet stikstof en het zoveelste actieplan dat de minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit onlangs presenteerde, laten zien dat het kabinet niet in staat is om een duurzame oplossing voor het stikstofprobleem te bedenken. Al meer dan tien jaar wordt het probleem met juridische trucs bestreden, maar telkens wordt in […]

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 […]