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Can you design institutions for adaptive governance?

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. [...]

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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: 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. [...]

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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 (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 [...]

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Happiness??

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!

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Nature, Humans and The Anthropocene (Video in Dutch)

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!

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Travel if you want to be happy

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 [...]

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United Nations Global Environmental Outlook 6

(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”.

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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 [...]

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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 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 [...]

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The Slow Living

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 [...]

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The New Brave World

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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Changes, changes, changes

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.

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Policy and Politics celebrate the 2015 Impact Factor with…making the paper on “policy translation” free access again!

Reposted from Policy&Politics Blog. We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Impact Factor for Policy and Politics has risen to 1.2 and the journal is now ranked as one of the top 20 globally in the Public Administration category of the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. We would like to thank our authors for [...]

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Future of Food Journal

The Ecological Agriculture group at the University of Kassel publishes a journal “Future of Food”. You are welcome to visit their page and make a contribution. More information is below. Open for Bachelor and Master students as well as more seasoned academics.

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Happy Earth Day: April 22!!!

Yesterday was the Earth Day, and the UN 24 hours Live Channel broadcasted the signing ceremony of the Climate Change Accord. But there are many more interesting development issues broadcasted by the UN Channel, here for your attention below. Enjoy!

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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 [...]

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Renewable Energy Event at ADA

ADA will host an event with Mr. Tom Weirich from American Council on Renewable Energy this Friday. I encourage my students from Sustainable Development class to attend this talk, we’ll get to know where we stand in terms of renewables and how the U.S. government is trying to create business opportunities for being “green” with [...]

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“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s been a while since a novel made so much of an impression on me! This time it came somewhat unexpectedly from an African novelist Chimamanda Adichie. Her novel “Americanah” is about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who went to America to study, stayed there and became successful, got an American passport, but felt the [...]

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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. Starting from May 2016, I will join the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. This appointment is an “adjunct” appointment, which means that [...]

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