“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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Policies on the move: translation, assemblages, and ethnography

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. [...]

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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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Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation and Translation of Water Policy Model

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 is to appear later this year and will be found on Publications page. Synopsis: Intensive cross-border movement of policy models is ubiquitous in the water sector. Examples include Integrated [...]

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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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Dear Future Generations: Sorry!

Watch this and share, please! We need to spread the message!

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March 22 is the World Water Day

Water is life. Water is economic development. Water is peace. Water is friendship. Water is culture. Nothing without water. As simple as that. Today is the World Water Day, celebrated every year on March 22. I want to wish all my colleagues, friends, students and everyone who is concerned about making this world better to [...]

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Thoughts on Brussels 22/03/2016

I am writing this in shock after the Brussels airport attacks. This is one of those places which most of people who lived in Europe and have a mobile life-style cross. Brussels airport and the entry to the metro system — I crossed this corridor a number of time, last time this was in July [...]

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Coming Soon: Emotions and Environment at ADA University!!!

This is a pre-annoncement of the experiments that we are planning to start in early April to measure how environmental communication videos work to change the attitudes and behavior of ADA students towards the environment via emotional reactions. This type of experiments has not been conducted anywhere in the world in the field of environmental [...]

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Happy International Woman’s Day!

This is to wish well to all ladies who celebrate the 8th of March. I am aware that the holiday has been covered with controversy, and many women refuse to be “celebrated”. But I also know many who do. And while I remain ambivalent about the special day to celebrate ladies, this post is nevertheless [...]

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How We Lie to Ourselves

There are no magic bullets or formulas to make a parson happy or to achieve success. Yes, there are many self-help books on “how to”, from marrying a millionaire to becoming a boss at work. But to a seasoned person who’s tried many of the given advice, it’s no news that most of this is [...]

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Some Thoughts on Happiness

I have a tradition for a few years now to make wishes for the New Year. New Year resolutions are a little different, but wishes is something you’d like to achieve in the coming year, not necessarily the promises you make to yourself. For example, you want to find a new job. Or you want [...]

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New Paper on Security in the Mekong River Basin

After three years of writing and revising, our paper on various ways of security being framed in the Mekong River Commission has come to light in International Relations journal Globalizations. Here one may read it. This is yet another wonderful collaboration with Andrea Gerlak with whom it is pure pleasure to work and write. The key [...]

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Democracy in Crisis: What Public Policy Can Do?

We live in the times of democracy in crisis. This is obvious not only in authoritarian countries, but also in traditionally democratic societies such as the US and The Netherlands. Those that are between the worlds, such as Hungary and other Eastern European countries, democracy is a patient in the emergency room. A prominent public [...]

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