MUST PhD workshop ‘Participatory Knowledge Exchange’

The MUST PhD workshop Participatory Knowledge Exchange (which took place at ICIS, December 4-5) was a great success. Lectures by ICIS staff Gertjan Storm, Ron Cörvers, Annemarie van Zeijl, Astrid Offermans and Joop de Kraker about science-policy relations, scientific knowledge, joint knowledge production, and social learning introduced ICIS PhD’s and others in this emerging topic, and paved the way for an interesting and intensive hands-on training in stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange by our UK colleagues Mark Reed and Anna Evely of Sustainable Learning.

Article on a Dutch Climate Law Court procedure published (Urgenda)

The article discusses the international and particularly the EU regulatory context of a claim from a non-profit organization (Urgenda) together with individual citizens asking the court to declare (next to other claims) that the State of the Netherlands should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with 40% by 2020. Since the article has been published in the Dutch Law Journal, further information will be in Dutch.

[Dutch] Dit artikel zet de door Urgenda gestarte rechtsszaak in Europeesrechtelijk perspectief. Urgenda claimt dat de Nederlandse Staat jegens eisers onrechtmatig handelt indien de Staat niet overgaat tot een reductie van broeikasgasemissies met 40% (althans minstens 25%) in 2020 ten opzichte van het jaar 1990, hetgeen ambitieuzer is dan de EU voorschrijft. Een algemeen kenmerk van het Europese regelgevingspakket is dat het diverse arrangementen biedt voor emissiehandel, zowel tussen lidstaten en als tussen bedrijven. Unilaterale scherpere emissiereducties door lidstaten – zoals voor Nederland geëist door Urgenda – betekenen per saldo alleen een daadwerkelijke emissiereductie als nalevingsresultaten van lidstaten die ambitieuzer zijn dan hetgeen nodig is volgens EU regelgeving niet meer worden overgedragen aan lidstaten met een nalevingstekort. Voorts zouden degenen die juridische actie willen voeren hun pijlen wellicht met meer succes kunnen richten op het bereiken van zoveel mogelijk naleving van reeds gestelde regels.

Lees het volledige artikel in het Nederlands Juristenblad

PhD Ceremony Carijn Beumer

On December 4th at 10:00, Carijn Beumer will defend her PhD thesis ‘Stepping Stone Cities? Exploring Urban Greening and Gardening as a Viable Contribution to Global Biodiversity Conservation’, in the Aula of Maastricht University.

Defense details:
4 December 10:00
Aula Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Dissertation webpages

Symposium on Knowledge Exchange on Sustainability Research at UM

November 27, the second symposium on Knowledge Exchange on Sustainability Research at Maastricht University will take place. It is organised by the School of Business and Economics, ICIS and the Maastricht University Green Office. More information:

Symposium Invitation – Research Symposium Knowledge Exchange

[Dutch] Bijzondere Leerstoel Filosofie van duurzame ontwikkeling, vanuit een humanistisch perspectief

De humanistische stichting Socrates roept op tot de vervulling van de post van bijzonder hoogleraar bij de Universiteit Maastricht op het gebied van ‘Filosofie van duurzame ontwikkeling, vanuit een humanistisch perspectief’. Deze Socrates-leerstoel is gesitueerd bij het International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS) binnen de Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) van de Universiteit Maastricht.

Voor meer informatie, zie de vacature op onze website.

Master’s Open Day Saturday 11 October

During the Master’s Open Day, guests informed themselves on the Master Sustainability Science and Policy and talked to staff and students. Though this Master’s Open Day already took place, consider attending the next Master’s Open Day on Saturday March 7 2015.

PhD Ceremony Veronique Vasseur

On October 2nd at 16:00 Veronique Vasseur will defend her PhD thesis ‘A sunny future for photovoltaic systems in the Netherlands? An analysis of the role of government and users in the diffusion of an emerging technology’ , in the Aula of Maastricht University. Promotor: Prof. dr. Rene Kemp.

Urb@Exp started international research project on urban laboratories

From September 10-12, the international Urb@Exp research project held a kick-off meeting with all partners at the International Centre for integrated assessment and Sustainable development of Maastricht University. Urb@Exp received funding for 3 years from the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and establishes an intense collaboration between Maastricht University, Lund University, Malmö University and Graz University, city partners from Maastricht, Antwerp, Malmö, Graz and Leoben, and the consultancy Pantopicon.

Under the leadership of Prof. René Kemp from Maastricht University, the project will examine urban experiments with ongoing living and city labs to evaluate, conceptualize and improve new forms of urban governance and city development. Dr. Christian Scholl (ICIS) coordinates the project on behalf of the consortium. Dr. Joop de Kraker and Dr. Ron Cörvers (both ICIS) are also participants in the project.

During the meeting all partners discussed the research agenda and presented their contribution to the project. Upon arrival, they received a warm reception by the Alderman in the Town Hall of Maastricht. The next Urb@Exp meeting will take place in Malmö in March 2015. Soon, a website will inform all interested scholars and urban practitioners on the process and the results of this project.

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New publications

  • 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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Recent PhD theses (go to complete list)

  Carijn Beumer 2014