The research program transition and innovation in natural resource governance aims to develop insights in the evolution of policies and practices in the field of environmental governance in the perspective of adaptive governance and sustainability. It explores the relation between planning and law, the implementation of environmental policies, stakeholder participation, tourism management and other relevant issues in this field. Research projects are carried out in different countries and context, in collaboration with different researchers.


Some key publications:

Van Assche, K, Beunen, R. & Duineveld, M. (2013) Evolutionary Governance Theory: an Introduction. Springer Briefs in Economics.

Beunen, R. & K. Van Assche (2013) Contested delineations. Planning, law and the governance of protected areas. Environment and Planning A, 45 (6): 1285-1301.

Van Assche, K, Beunen, R. Holm, J., Lo, M. (2013) Social learning and innovation. Ice fishing communities on Lake Mille LacsLand Use Policy 34: 233-242.

Beunen, R., K. Van Assche and M. Duineveld (2013) Performing failure in conservation policy: The implementation of European Union directives in the Netherlands. Land Use Policy 31: 280-288.

Beunen, R., J. de Vries (2011) The Governance of Natura 2000 sites. The importance of initial choices in the organisation of planning processes. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54 (8): 1041-1059.

Van Assche, K., R. Beunen, J. Jacobs, P. Teampau (2011) Crossing trails in the marshes: rigidity and flexibility in the governance of the Danube Delta. Journal of Environmental Planningand Management 54 (8): 997-1018.

Van Assche, K.A.M.; Duineveld, M.; Beunen, R.; Teampau, P. (2011) Delineating locals: Transformations of knowledge/power and the governance of the Danube delta Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 13 (1): 1 – 21.

Landscape and Urban Planning 100 (4). – p. 324 – 326

Beunen, R.; Duineveld, M. (2010) Divergence and convergence in policy meanings of European environmental policies: the case of the birds and habitats directives International Planning Studies 15 (4). – p. 321 – 333.


More information about the Danube Delta project can be found on the Silkroad Research Website

More publications can be found on the website