Her research interests are: urban based biodiversity conservation, urban greening and domestic gardening, green infrastructures, cultural perspectives on nature and conservation, and sustainable urban development.
Her background is in Culture and Science Studies, which she studied at the Faculty of Arts and Culture (FASOS) of Maastricht University. Her focus was on the history and anthropology of science (especially psychology and pedagogics) and on ethics and literature.
Currently, Carijn is research coordinator for Operatie Steenbreek, a Dutch initiative carried by various knowledge institutions, societal organizations, and municipalities to make domestic gardens more biodiverse and turn the trend of paving gardens. Key partners in this project are Groningen University, Wageningen UR, Hogeschool Hall van Larenstein, Kenniscentrum Burgers en Biodiversiteit, KNNV, Haags Milieu Centrum, Entente Florale Nederland, and IVN Nederland.
Since January 2009, Carijn has been working on the ‘SUN project’ (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods). In April 2009 she got involved in Leren voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling (LVDO), a project on ‘Sustainability in Education’ in the Province of Limburg.
In September 2011 Carijn became a member of the Business Advisory Board (BAB) of ENACTUS Maastricht.
Next to her research projects, Carijn is coordinating and teaching MA and BA courses on Sustainable Development and Globalization at ICIS, the University College Maastricht (UCM), and the Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science (MUST). She is coordinator and developer of the course Global Dynamics in the MSc course Sustainability Science and Policy.
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