dr. Sander van der Jagt
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Sander (Alexander) is a postdoctoral researcher on a four-year EU research project NATURVATION on innovation and governance of nature-based solutions (NBS). In this role, he is involved in studying the potential of 'green' solutions to urban sustainability issues that deliver a range of environmental, social and economic benefits. Together with other researchers and practitioners with a broad range of expertise, Sander will contribute to creating a database of nature-based solutions in Europe, carry out literature studies and extensive field research to identify pathways for the improved delivery of NBS, and come to recommendations directly shared with practitioners in various formats, including briefing notes, an exhibition and an online course.

Sander combines his activities for UU and NATURVATION with a part-time role at Forest Research in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He plays an active role in the EU GREEN SURGE collaborative research project by leading a Work Package on Urban Learning Labs, which are platforms for knowledge exchange and experimentation involving researchers and green space practitioners. Previously, he carried out research on participatory governance and planning of urban green infrastructure. 

Sander has a background in environmental psychology, holding a PhD in Psychology (University of Aberdeen, James Hutton Institute), an MSc (Distinction) in Social and Organizational Psychology (Leiden University) and a BSc in Psychology (Leiden University). He previously worked as a social scientist at Wageningen University and Research Centre and is a firm believer in transdisciplinary science and partnership working, as reflected in his previous (board) memberships of the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability (ACES) and Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL). He has a broad research interest in human-environment studies, having published papers on the health and well-being effects of natural and built environments, landscape experience and innovative governance and planning of urban green infrastructure.

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NATURVATION NATure-based Urban innoVATION: New governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing)
01.11.2016 to 31.10.2020
General project description 

Nature-Based Solutions have the potential to limit impacts of climate change, enhance biodiversity and improve environmental quality while contributing to economic activities and social well-being. Examples are green roofs and city parks that limit heat stress, city lagoons that store water and permeable surfaces, vegetation and rain gardens to intercept storm water. To unlock the potential of nature based solutions for sustainable urban development, NATURVATION takes a transdisciplinary, internationally comparative approach to capture the multiple impacts and values of these solutions. Based on a comparison of 1000 nature based solutions across 6 cities, it identifies the most promising governance, business, finance and participation models and how to overcome the systemic conditions that currently limit their use. The real-world impact of NATURVATION is realized through co-design, co-development and co-implementation of new partnerships, knowledge, processes and tools required to build capacity, enable replication and foster cultural change.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Durham University
  • Central European University
  • Ecologic Institute gGmbH
  • Institut Fur Landeskunde
  • PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Lund University
  • ENT Environment and Management
  • The Centre for Economic and Regional Studies
  • Malmo City
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Gemeente Utrecht

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Full name
dr. A.P.N. van der Jagt Contact details
Willem C. van Unnikgebouw

Heidelberglaan 2
Room 0
The Netherlands

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