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Face-lift and a Fresh Start

0 Comments August 29, 2018

As you have noticed, the blog got a new look and a new focus. It is now exclusively professional with more attention to public policy, development, governance, the environment and science. The blog aims to become a “go-to” place for scholars and students interested in these subjects, and build an international audience that would be […]

Announcement: Starting a New Job in September 2018

0 Comments July 16, 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 International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in September 2018. ISS is located in The Hague although it is part of EUR. My responsibilities will include teaching in […]

Can you design institutions for adaptive governance?

0 Comments April 8, 2018

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. […]

Western Political Science Association Conference in San Francisco

0 Comments March 20, 2018

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. […]

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

0 Comments March 18, 2018

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 […]

Nature, Humans and The Anthropocene (Video in Dutch)

0 Comments November 19, 2017

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!

Reflexivity, positionality and normativity in the ethnography of policy translation

0 Comments June 25, 2017

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.

United Nations Global Environmental Outlook 6

0 Comments June 5, 2017

(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!

0 Comments April 16, 2017

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 […]

Central European University and Academic Freedom

0 Comments April 4, 2017

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 […]

Interview on Water, Environment and Consumption Issues of Baku and Azerbaijan (2013)

0 Comments December 29, 2016

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

0 Comments December 28, 2016

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 […]

Oxford Handbook Chapter — Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation, and Translation of Water Policy Models

0 Comments December 6, 2016

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.

Art: Blurring the Boundaries

0 Comments November 18, 2016

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 proved — we live in parallel worlds!

0 Comments November 9, 2016

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, […]

Away from Dependence on Fossil Fuels and onto BIOECONOMY! New paper!

0 Comments October 30, 2016

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

0 Comments October 18, 2016

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 […]

“We Must Slow Down on All Fronts” by Lieven de Cauter and Pretty Much Everyone

0 Comments August 30, 2016

When I am in The Netherlands, I buy a few magazines in Dutch so that I may enjoy reading them when at home in Baku, over political, social and literary issues which I enjoy a lot. This is partly also because the Dutch have a few magazines which are leftish in their orientation, talk about […]

Policies on the move: translation, assemblages, and ethnography

0 Comments August 21, 2016

I reviewed four recent books on the translation of policies, assemblages and the growing role of ethnography in public policy and urban studies in a new book review essay published in Environment and Planning C. These books are as follows: Blaustein Jarrett, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. […]

Changes, changes, changes

0 Comments August 10, 2016

I am excited to start a new position at Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development starting from this fall. I will work as a researcher in a project on urban water governance in Europe.