What makes organisations more or less conducive to learning? We tried to look into that…

What is a learning organisation? It is one that adapts to challenges, that has an internal structure that allows communication and reflection, and that hosts individuals that trust each other enough to experiment and work together.

A new open access article published in the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning looks into these issues. Mukhtarov et al. (2019), co-written by Farhad Mukhtarov (ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Carel Dieperink (Utrecht University), Peter Driessen (Utrecht University) and Janet Riley (De Montfort University), undertake 18 semi-structured interviews as part of process tracing and directly ask interviewees about products and process factors associated with learning in their organisation. They also asked what external issues facilitated or hindered collaborative learning in Leicester City Council in England with regard to discussion and encouragement to sustainable drainage systems, such as greenroofs, permeable surfaces, swales and urban ponds and wetlands. These methods are supplemented by ethnographic observations and NVivo coding of interview transcripts, field journals, and policy documents. The issue that has been studied was the decentralised flood risk management in Leicester, United Kingdom. Although the focus of the study if on learning, it has important implications for understanding what happens with flood risk management when it is decentralised, like it is in England. Read more What makes organisations more or less conducive to learning? We tried to look into that…

The role of State in Development: Core Course GDP at ISS

This year I have contributed the biggest block of lectures in the core course of GDP on Development Policies and Practices. The students now are busy with writing their essays and preparing for their exams.

I have started blogging about individual lectures, but then decided that I should rather do a wrap-up of the whole block that may be interesting for students to read about from their perspective. Read more The role of State in Development: Core Course GDP at ISS

Governance Conditions for Upscaling Urban Water Reuse Schemes

A new research article has been published as part of research activities funded by the POWER project (Political and social awarene…

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Lecture 3 Recap: Policy, Policy Work and Policy Success

Today we discussed what a policy is (many things), or is not (e.g. a law), and how to think about it. Essentially the lecture intr…

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Authoritarianism

If twenty years ago it was a default that democracy is a good system of governance, then the tables are turned today. In my class …

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Lecture 2 Recap: Varieties of State and Bureaucracies

This is a brief recap of the lecture on varieties of state and bureaucracies within the core course in GDP. The issues discussed w…

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Lecture 1 Recap on Developmental State (16 Nov)

I am writing this as a quick recap of my first lecture at ISS, within the core course on development. We discussed state and Weber…

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A Typology to Study Policy Narratives: Villagers’ Views on Sesan 2 Dam in Cambodia

Studying Narratives in Politics Increasingly stories and narratives are accepted as an important subject of study in politics. Sto…

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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…

Read more Internet and Democratisation of Urban Water Governance. NEW PUBLICATION!

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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