Research focus: citizen engagement in regional water- and climate governance, improved science-policy interactions through knowledge co-creation
Dries Hegger is an Associate Professor of regional water and climate governance at Utrecht University.
Societal decision-making about scarce space
Many sustainability challenges come down to a scarcity of space. The energy transition requires space; climate change adaptation requires space; sustainable agriculture requires space. At the same time, space is needed for housing, travelling and amenities. This is why spatial sustainability challenges can easily become politicized. All of us, in our capacity as a citizen, policymakers, politician entrepreneur, parents and so forth will be affected by sustainability transformations, both those ongoing and those in the years and decades to come. How can we improve societal decision-making in such a way that we maximize the solution space, but at the same time are enabled to reach fair and legitimate compromises once tough political choices are on the table?
Practically relevant research
Dries Hegger has published about both key topics of citizen engagement and science-policy interactions in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to that, he has collaborated with various societal actors on these issues, both Dutch stakeholders operating at the regional and national level, nationally and internationally operating consultancy firms and international organizations. Hegger carried out projects on:
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