URB@Exp project meeting in Antwerp, 20-22 April 2016

ICIS-Antwerp - By FilleRoelants-137ICIS-Antwerp - By FilleRoelants-177From 20-22 of April, the URB@Exp consortium came together for a project meeting in Antwerp. The first day was devoted to an exchange between the city partners in the form of an inspiring “learning journey” through the city centre along places connected to the City Lab Antwerp. During the second day, the co-creation of city and academic partners focused on the guidelines and a pilot version of the inspiration kit, two of the envisioned outputs of the URB@Exp project. Both focus on giving inspirational guidance to (future) urban lab practitioners. On the last day, the team of academic partners planned the next steps until the project meeting in Lund in November. Several papers about the action research in the cities are on the way. Two academic partners (ICIS, Maastricht University and Malmö University) will present at the Eu-SPRI conference in Lund, June 7-10, 2016.

For more information on this project, visit: the URB@Exp website.

Inaugural speech Professor Marc Davidson

Prof. Marc Davidson, endowed professor ‘philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective’, gave his inaugural speech April 15.

“Our excessive individualism is at the root of the unwillingness to solve environmental problems. Scientific insights and technical ingenuity are no longer limiting factors. The essential impediment to sustainable development is mainly a lack of identification with future generations.” Thus stated Prof. Marc Davidson in his inaugural speech, in which he accepted his appointment as endowed professor of the philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective.

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SPIN Workshop Bogor

DSC_0019From March 31st till April 6th ICIS organized a workshop in Bogor, Indonesia. We discussed the third fieldwork conducted by each of the SPIN PhDs and their planning for the next fieldwork. With the presence of Indonesian and Dutch supervisors (Bustanul Arifin, Ari Darmastuti, Pieter Glasbergen, Fadhil Hassan, Surip Mawardi, and Astrid Offermans) we made good progress in developing the fourth research designs of the PhDs. Part of the SPIN project team visited UNCAPSA (Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture) and several departments within Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). More information about the 3rd and 4th fieldwork of the PhDs can be found at this website.

First results URB@Exp project presented at Urban Futures Conference

UrbanFutureConferenceAt the Urban Futures Conference in Graz (Austria), Christian Scholl presented first results of the ongoing URB@Exp project. The URB@EXP project is coordinated by ICIS and examines urban labs as new form of urban governance. The conference was attended by 1,600 visitors and focused on topics such as urban mobility, waste management and communication with citizens. In his presentation, Christian Scholl focused on the development of the Maastricht-LAB for an experimentation space to a platform for co-creation of urban development.

BIMBY assessment on the contribution of domestic gardens in Roermond

BIMBYIn recent years Roermond, like many cities in the Netherlands, increasingly suffered from the trend of paving domestic gardens. In order to contribute to an increased quality of life in the city, the municipality of Roermond started to involve its citizens in the greening of the city. In this context, the municipality was curious about the way private gardens potentially contribute to a sustainable living environment. With the 2015 edition of the annual municipal garden contest “Toon je Groene Tuin” (show your green garden) the city aims to contribute actively to increase the knowledge and awareness of its residents of the overall importance of a green and biodiverse private garden.

To assess the relationship of the contest-participants with their gardens, and gain more insight into their sustainability-contribution, the municipality of Roermond asked ICIS to interview the participants and to analyze the gardens with the BIMBY method (acronym for Biodiversity in My Back Yard).

Read the study report.

Lunch lecture “Climate policy and law”

[This text is in Dutch as it concerns an invitation for a lunch lecture that will be given in Dutch.]
Op 16 februari 2016 geeft Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters een lunchlezing bij het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu over het thema “Klimaatbeleid en recht”. Marjan Peeters werd in september gehoord bij het rondetafelgesprek in de Kamer over de Urgenda-zaak. In 2010 deed zij in opdracht van VROM onderzoek naar Motieven en mogelijkheden voor een nationale klimaatwet en Klimaatwetgeving in Nederland. Zij is sinds 1 april 2008 bijzonder hoogleraar en hield haar oratie Met Recht naar Klimaatbescherming over de rol van het recht en de markt voor het klimaatbeleid. Haar lunchlezing zal ingaan op de ontwikkelingen in het Europees klimaatrecht in het licht van het Verdrag van Parijs, en welke gevolgen dit heeft voor de nationale ruimte voor klimaatbeleid.

TRANSIT researchers present at Congress on Basic Income Experiments


TRANSIT researchers Julia Backhaus (ICIS, NL) and Bonno Pel (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE) will participate in the congress that is organized by the Dutch Basic Income Association (VBI) in collaboration with UBIE (Unconditional Basic Income Europe) and BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network). Central topic of the conference is the recent wave of plans for experiments with (partial) Basic Income developed by Dutch local governments – what is the significance of these experiments for the Basic Income transformation?
The TRANSIT researchers will present and discuss key highlights from their recent case study on the BIEN network and Basic Income initiatives in Germany and the Netherlands (including organizer VBI, who celebrates its 25th anniversary).”
– More about the TRANSIT project
– More about the Basic Income Experiments Congress

Survey on Ecosystem – Human Health linkages: first results


Ecosystem Services Partnership’s members Conor Kretsch (COHAB),  Hans Keune (INBO) and Bram Oosterbroek (ICIS) of the Working Group on Ecosystem Services & Public Health present the first results from the survey “Ecosystem services and human health – awareness and attitudes”.

Ecosystem Services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. The aim of the survey was to gain a clearer view of where and how human health perspectives are addressed by people working in the field of ecosystem services research, policy and practice. Some of its outcomes: for 64% of the respondents, the concept of human health directly relates to their work. Especially collaboration issues are mentioned as important barriers to research on ecosystems and health. We present the first results of analysis in progress at our Activities & Outputs page where you can download the preliminary results.

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New publications

  • Martens, P. Amiot, C. & Bastian, B. (2016). People and Companion Animals: It Takes Two to Tango. BioScience. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw051
  • Kurth, L. &  Glasbergen, P (2016). Serving a heterogeneous Muslim identity? Private governance arrangements of halal food in the Netherlands. Agriculture and Human Values. doi: 10.1007/s10460-016-9698-z
  • Wijaya, A. & P. Glasbergen (2016). Toward a new scenario in agricultural sustainability certification? The response of the Indonesian National Government to private certification. Journal of Environment and Development. doi: 10.1177/1070496516640857 
  • Dijk, M. Wells, P. and Kemp, R. (2016) Will the momentum of the electric car last? Testing an hypothesis on disruptive innovation, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 105: 77–88. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2016.01.013
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R., Font Vivanco, D., Vasseur, V. (2016) Structural decomposition analysis of energy-related CO2 emissions in China from 1997 to 2010, Energy Efficiency. doi:10.1007/s12053-016-9427-x
  • Mennen, F., Beumer, C., Martens, P. (2016). The Sustainable Zoo: Mediating the sustainability message through education in GaiaZOO Kerkrade. ICIS, Maastricht University. PDF
  • Figge, L., Oebels, K., & Offermans, A. (2016). The effects of globalization on Ecological Footprints: an empirical analysis. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10668-016-9769-8
  • Sri Astuti, E., Offermans, A., Glasbergen, P. (2015) Sustainability Certification and Economic Performance: An Analysis of Coffee Marketing Channels in Indonesia. Journal of economics and sustainable development 6:24: 84-98, ISSN 2222-1700 (Paper) ISSN 2222-2855 (Online)
  • Backhaus, J., Wieser, H., and Kemp, R. (2015) Disentangling Practices, Carriers, and Production-Consumption Systems: A Mixed-method Study of (Sustainable) Food Consumption, in E.H. Kennedy, M.J. Cohen and N. Krogman (eds.) Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham, pp. 109-133.
  • Sri Astuti, E., Offermans, A., Kemp, R., Cörvers, R. (2015). The Impact of Coffee Certification on the Economic Performance of Indonesian Actors. Asian Journal of agriculture and development. 12:2: 1-16 ISSN: 1656-4383
  • Cörvers, R., Wiek, A., De Kraker, J., Lang, D., Martens, P. (2016), Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning for Sustainable Development. In: Heinrichs, H., Martens, P., Michelsen, G., Wiek, A. (Eds.). Sustainability Science - An Introduction (pp. 349-358) Springer
  • Pekdemir, C., Glasbergen, P., & Cörvers, R. (2015). On the transformative capacity of private fair labour arrangements. In A. Marx, J. Wouters, G. Rayp & L. Beke (Eds.), Global governance of labour rights (pp. 209-229). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Offermans, A. and Valkering, P. (2015). "Socially Robust River Management: Role of Perspective Dependent Acceptability Thresholds." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage. , 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000615 , 04015062
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J. and Martens, P., The Connection of Vegetation with Tourism Development and Economic Growth: A Case Study for Aruba. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering A 4 420-431. doi:10.17265/2162-5263/2015.08.004
  • Huynen, M. & Martens, P. (2015). Climate Change Effects on Heat- and Cold-Related Mortality in the Netherlands: A Scenario-Based Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12(10), 13295-13320; doi:10.3390/ijerph121013295
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R. and Van der Voet, E. The relativity of eco-innovation: environmental rebound effects from past transport innovations in Europe. Journal of Cleaner Production 101 (2015) 71e85
  • Ndichu, J., Blohmke, J., Kemp, R., Adeoti, J. & Obayelu, A.E (2015). The adoption of energy efficiency measures by firms in Africa: case studies of cassava processing in Nigeria and maize milling in Kenya. Innovation and Development, 5:2, 189-206DOI: 10.1080/2157930X.2015.1057980
  • Kurth, L. and Glasbergen, P. (2015). Dealing with tensions of multiculturalism: The politics of ritual slaughter in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1177/1367549415603375
  • Hidayat, N., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A. (2015). Sustainability Certification and Palm Oil Smallholders’ Livelihood: A Comparison between Scheme Smallholders and Independent Smallholders in Indonesia. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMA). 18:3:25-48
  • Akin, S., Martens, P. & Huynen, M. (2015). Climate change and infectious disease risk in Western Europe: a survey of Dutch expert opinion on adaptation responses and actors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9726-9749.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2015). BIMBY’s first steps: a pilot study on the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix and Maastricht to biodiversity, ecosystem services and urban sustainability. Urban Ecosystems, 20 August 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0488-y
  • Bitzer, V. & Glasbergen, P. (2015). Business–NGO partnerships in global value chains: part of the solution or part of the problem of sustainable change?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 35–40
  • Ibnu, M., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A., Arifin, B. (2015). Farmer preferences for coffee certification: a conjoint analysis of the Indonesian Smallholders.  Journal of Agricultural Science, 7:6: 20-34
  • Vasseur, V. & Kemp, R. (2015) A segmentation analysis: the case of photovoltaic in the Netherlands. Energy Efficiency. doi: 1-19. 10.1007/s12053-015-9340-8
  • Offermans, A. & Glasbergen, P. (2015) Boundary work in sustainability partnerships: an exploration of the round table on sustainable palm oil. Environmental Science and Policy. 50:  34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.01.016
  • Dijk, M. (2015) "From government to multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable mobility", in: F. Mancebo and I. Sachs (eds), “Transitions to Sustainability, Berlin: Springer
  • Offermans, A. and Cörvers, R. (2014) Hebben Indonesische boeren profijt van koffie- en palmoliecertificering? Milieu. 8: 42-44
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J., Martens, P. (2014). The Bilateral Relationship Between Tourism and Dengue Occurrence: Evidence From Aruba. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2:6 223-244, doi: 10.17265/2328-2169/2014.06.001
  • Peeters, M., (2014). "Europees Klimaatrecht en Nationale Beleidsruimte", Nederlands Juristenblad 2014, nr 41, artikelnummer 2109, pp 2918-2925
  • Vasseur, V. &  Kemp, R., (2014). "The adoption of PV in the Netherlands: A statistical analysis of adoption factors". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 41, January 2015, Pages 483–494. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.08.020
  • Akin, S & Martens, P. (2014) "A survey of Dutch expert opinion on climatic drivers of infectious disease risk in Western Europe" Climate 2014, 2(4), 310-328; DOI: 10.3390/cli2040310
  • Dijk, M., R. Orsato and R. Kemp (2014). "Towards a regime-based typology of market evolution", Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.10.002
  • Dijk, M. & Parkhurst, G. (2014). "Understanding the mobility-transformative qualities of urban park and ride polices in the UK and the Netherlands", International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management Vol. 14 (3/4), pp.246 – 270, DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.065292
  • Scholl, C., (2014) "The New Social Movement Approach", In: van der Heijden, H., "Handbook Of Political Citizenship And Social Movements" (pp 233-258), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978 1 78195 470 6.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2014) "Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens", Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-014-0270-8
  • Dijk, M. (2014). "A socio-technical perspective on the electrification of the automobile: niche and regime interaction", Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management 14 (2): 158-171. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.060749
  • Martens, P., Caselli, M, De Lombaerde, P., Figge, L. and Scholte, J.A. (2014) "New Directions in Globalization Indices", Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2014.944336
  • Horlings, L.G. & Hinssen, J.P.P. (2014) "Sustainable innovation in intensive animal husbandry; policy and public protests towards a mega-farm in the Netherlands", ESSACHESS. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 7, no. 1(13) / 2014: 125-145
  • Derkx, B., P. Glasbergen (2014) "Elaborating global private meta-governance: An inventory in the realm of voluntary sustainability standards", Global Environmental Change 27, 41–50, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.016
  • Pesqueira, L., P. Glasbergen (2014) "How Sustainability Partnerships Manage Complex Societal Issues: The Case of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector", In: Bohórguez, E., N. Etxaniz (eds) A new generation of public control, Transparencia Mexicana, pp 125-136
  • Abson, D.J., H. von Wehrden, S. Baumgärtner, J. Fischer, J. Hanspach, W. Härdtle, H. Heinrichs, A.M. Klein, D.J. Lang, P. Martens and D. Walmsley (2014) "Ecosystem services as a boundary object for sustainability", Ecological Economics 103, 29–37
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R., van der Voet, E., Heijungs, R. (2014) "Using LCA-based decomposition analysis to study the multi-dimensional contribution of technological innovation to environmental pressures", Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12118
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R. (2014) "Index decomposition analysis of residential energy consumption in China: 2002-2010", Applied Energy, 121: 10–19
  • Figge, L., & Martens, P. (2014) "Globalisation Continues: The Maastricht Globalisation Index Revisited and Updated", Globalizations Vol. 11 Iss: 2, DOI:10.1080/14747731.2014.887389
  • Peeters, M., Uylenburg, R. (2014) "EU Environmental Legislation, Legal Perspectives on Regulatory Strategies", ISBN: 9781781954768, DOI:10.4337/9781781954775
  • De Kraker, J., Kuijs, S., Cörvers, R., Offermans, A. (2014) "Internet public opinion on climate change: a world views analysis of online reader comments", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.19 - 33, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-09-2013-0109
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