Professor Andreas Thiel from Kassel University and I published an essay in the “Handbook of Nature” this month. Our essay is titled: “Purposeful Institutional Change for Adaptive Governance of Natural Resources: How to Cater for Context and Agency?” It is about the issue of instituting rules for adaptive governance, and whether such design is possible. [...]
Next week from Wednesday to Saturday I will attend the WPSA meeting in San Francisco where I present a paper “Policy Translation: a Review of Current Research”. The programme of the conference is very exciting with many interesting panels in three sections of special interest — on public policy, environmental political economy and environmental politics. [...]
In 2017, a double special issue of the Journal of the Southwest was published that celebrated the career of Dr. Helen Ingram (pictured) as a scholar, mentor and colleague. The special issue contains a number of essays written by world-class scholars in the U.S. and around the world and is a must-read for anyone interested [...]
Когда Риэ добрался до своего старого пациента, мрак уже полностью поглотил небо. В комнату долетал отдаленный гул освобождения, а старик, все такой же, как всегда, продолжал перекладывать из кастрюли в кастрюлю свой горошек. – И они правы, что веселятся. Все-таки разнообразие, –сказал старик. – А что это давно не слыхать о вашем коллеге, доктор? Что [...]
Happiness? What do you think about this film? Is this capitalism? Consumerism? Human stupidity? Power? Or is this too gloomy a portrait and there is more to life than this ugliness? I am curious what you think!
WATCH VIDEO After a long break, here I am posting again. I hope that the most loyal readers still check the website, but no problem — even those who have forgotten about its existence are likely to come back soon as exciting stuff is going to come online!
BALI Happiness is somewhat a mantra in our contemporary world. Everyone is chasing it. Some researchers say that one needs purpose to be happy (e.g. logo-therapy of Victor Frankl and those who follow his ideas), others claim that it is work and structure that brings routine and feeling of contentment (e.g. Weber’s work on protestant [...]
A new chapter on the role of reflexivity, positionality and normativity in using ethnography to study policy translation as a process is now available in the form of proofs. The final version will be published in the book “Translation in World Politics” edited by Tobias Burger and Alejandro Esguerra.
(Click on image to enlarge) Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov has been invited to join the flagship publication of the United Nations Environmental Programme — Global Environmental Outlook 6 as a lead author. He will work in a exciting team of scholars and practitioners from all over the world on the chapter called “Policy Effectiveness”.
Stories from the field!!! Water governance stories from Jerusalem, Sabadell, Leicester and Milton Keynes!
In less than 3 weeks I am setting out on my research trip to conduct an interpretive study of flood risk management policy at the local level in the city of Leicester, the UK. At the same time, I supervise three students who will conduct similar studies in three other cities, namely Roos Haasnoot in [...]
Last week has been unprecedented in the history of the Central European University (CEU) — it was reported in the most prestigious media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Financial Times and many others. The reason for such an uproar is the tabled legislation in the Hungarian Parliament which would [...]
Reading this fantastic essay on slow living and slow writing by Jasmine Ulmer. Just started. Very interesting. Why am I writing in short sentences? Because this is the new “cool”, this is how Trump is governing. It’s fantastic. You’ll love it. But seriously, you need to read that article about slowness of being. The unbearable [...]
Many things happened in the last month since I wrote my last post. For example, Trump is the leader of the free world now. And he is already proving the oxymoron-like feature of that sentence — with his ban on Muslims from 7 countries to enter US and his rhetoric on Mexico and Brexit. What [...]
In an earlier post from 2013, I mentioned the project on New Baku implemented by a few Spanish researchers, which resulted in a very informative and interesting website New Baku. Within this project, the researchers made a number of interesting interviews with scholars, experts and inhabitants of Baku, among them, they also talked to me. [...]
Travel Grants Available to Ph.D. Candidates for International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore June 28-30 2017
3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC POLICY (ICPP) Organised by the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) 28th-30th June 2017 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore PANEL T08P13 / Policy Narratives: Frameworks, Methods and Case Studies ——————————————————————————————————————– Deadline for PAPER Proposals: 15th January 2017 GRANTS. Please note the Lee Kuan Yew School [...]
Finally the chapter “Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation, and Translation of Water Policy Models” in the Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy is out online. The book itself will be printed next year.
This paper from 2011 in Nature.com discusses how artists and scientists can benefit each other in new and interesting ways. Above all, the complex, rewarding and at times frustrating experiences of interdisciplinary collaborations is at display through such innovative work. Another added value of such projects is the tuning of communication strategies of making science [...]
Trump’s presidency proves one point – that social constructivism explains the world much better than realism, positivism or whatever. Propaganda, framing of messages, providing false hopes, marketing messages to a desperate constituency — these all proved to be more important than reasons and facts. With this regard, I want to make 2 smaller points clear, [...]
Good news! “Away from fossil-fuels and toward a bioeconomy: Knowledge versatility for public policy?” is finally out
Political and ethical aspects in the ethnography of policy translation: Research experiences from Turkey and China
A new article written by Martin de Jong, Robin Pierce and myself is now out in Environment and Planning A, “Political and ethical aspects in the ethnography of policy translation: Research experiences from Turkey and China”. You can download the author copy here. Abstract A currently burgeoning literature in planning and policy studies engages with [...]