Internet and Democratisation of Urban Water Governance. NEW PUBLICATION!

Many expected that Internet would create a democratic arena in governance, help hold governments accountable and increase input fr…

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New Look! All about Environmental Policy and Development

As you have noticed, the blog got a new look and a new focus. It is now exclusively professional with more attention to public pol…

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Announcement: Starting a New Job in September 2018

The time has come to make this news public — I am starting a new exciting job as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) at the Int…

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Can you put adaptive governance in place? NEW PUBLICATION!

In recent decades, adaptive governance has been advocated for meeting the challenges of unpredictable and uncertain dynamics of So…

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Western Political Science Association Conference in San Francisco

Next week from Wednesday to Saturday I will attend the WPSA meeting in San Francisco where I present a paper “Policy Translation: …

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Advice from Helen Ingram on Being in Academia for Early and Seasoned Scholars

In 2017, a double special issue of the Journal of the Southwest was published that celebrated the career of Dr. Helen Ingram (pict…

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Nature, Humans and The Anthropocene (Video in Dutch)

After a long break, here I am posting again. I hope that the most loyal readers still check the website, but no problem — even th…

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Scholar Activist or Activist Scholar? Can Scientists Keep Their Values Apart from Research?

A new chapter on the role of reflexivity, positionality and normativity in using ethnography to study policy translation as a proc…

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United Nations Global Environmental Outlook 6

Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov has been invited to join the flagship publication of the United Nations Environmental Programme — Global Envi…

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Central European University and Academic Freedom

Last week has been unprecedented in the history of the Central European University (CEU) — it was reported in the most prestigiou…

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Oxford Handbook on Water Policy and Politics. NEW PUBLICATION!

Finally the chapter “Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation, and Translation of Water Policy Models” in the Oxford Handbook on Water Poli…

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“Out of Place: A Memoir” by Edward Said — Absolutely Fascinating

It is hard now for me to pinpoint the moment when I became aware of the work of Edward Said and when it entered my personal and in…

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Art: Blurring the Boundaries

This paper from 2011 in Nature.com discusses how artists and scientists can benefit each other in new and interesting ways. Above …

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Public Policy Bits: Social Constructivism and Trump

Trump’s presidency proves one point – that social constructivism explains the world much better than realism, positivism or whatev…

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Time for a Bioeconomy? NEW PUBLICATION!

Good news! “Away from fossil-fuels and toward a bioeconomy: Knowledge versatility for public policy?” is finally out (more……

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Political and Ethical Aspects of Fieldwork. NEW PUBLICATION!

A new article written by Martin de Jong, Robin Pierce and myself is now out in Environment and Planning A, “Political and ethical …

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BOOK REVIEW ESSAY: Policies on The Move. NEW PUBLICATION!

I reviewed four recent books on the translation of policies, assemblages and the growing role of ethnography in public policy and …

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Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation and Translation of Water Policy Model. NEW PUBLICATION!

On Friday July 01, I am giving a talk at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. The details are in the announcement. The paper…

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Public Policy Bits: Grassroots Movements (Transition Initiative)

Today (18 April) in my class on sustainable development, we watched this video on transition network, an initiative to create and distribute the network of sustainable communities across the world. I think the students liked it. I thought that it would be a good idea to share this with the readers of my blog, and to offer a large feature in the Orion which talks about the initiative at length.

Gateway South East Asia

As some of you may have already noticed through my LinkedIn update, there is a slight change to my professional affiliation. Start…

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