dr. Joost Vervoort
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Joost Vervoort is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Governance Group at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. An ecologist by training, Joost holds a PhD from Wageningen University in stakeholder engagement through scenarios and other approaches to sense-making in and navigating through complex systems.

For the last five years, Joost has led a team of researchers in a major multi-region scenarios project for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program of the CGIAR – where scenarios have been used effectively to guide policies throughout South and Southeast Asia, East and West Africa, the Andes, Central America and the Pacific. In addition, in Work Package leader roles in the FP7 TRANSMANGO and H2020 SUSFANS and programs, Vervoort has focused on scenarios and transition pathways in the context of European food and nutrition security.

A main current focus for Joost is the use of games and game co-design for understanding and planning in complex systems. How can the participatory designing of games help to conceive and frame current systems and their challenges, and future alternatives? Projects that reflect this focus include the Future Earth 'Bright Spots: Seeds of Good Anthropocene' project, a series of game jams for TRANSMANGO together with the Horizon 2020 project JamToday and Glasgow Caledonian University, and a BBSRC project on the resilience of fruit and vegetables in the UK and South Africa.

Joost is involved in the teaching of students in the Sustainable Development Science BSc program (Global Sustianability Challenges, Politics of the Earth) and the Sustainable Development Msc., as well as in the supervision of student research projects. Joost is supervising a number of PhD students at UU and at Oxford.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
social-ecological systems
foresight and scenarios
Transdisciplinary research
Participatory process design and facilitation
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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Benoit-Gelber, I, Gruntjes, T, Vinck, A, van Veluw, Jerre, Wosten, Han, Boeren, S, Vervoort, J J M & de Vries, R P (2017). Mixed colonies of Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus oryzae cooperatively degrading wheat bran. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 102, (pp. 31-37) (7 p.). Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved..
Brzezina, Natalia, Biely, Katharina, Helfgott, A.E.R., Kopainsky, Birgit, Vervoort, J.M. & Mathijs, Erik (15.05.2017). Development of Organic Farming in Europe at the Crossroads: Looking for the Way Forward through System Archetypes Lenses. Sustainability, 9 (5), (pp. 821).
de Lattre-de Gasquet, M., Hubert, J. & Vervoort, J.M. (2017). Foresight for institutional innovation and change in agricultural systems - Three examples. In Ingrid Oborn, Bernard Vanlauwe, Michael Phillips, Richard Thomas, Willemien Brooijmans & Kwesi Atta-Krah (Eds.), Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture - An Integrated Systems Research Approach (pp. 130-142) (13 p.). Routledge.
Eelderink, Madelon, Vervoort, Joost, Snel, Demian & de Castro, Fabio (03.04.2017). Harnessing the plurality of actor frames in social-ecological systems: ecological sanitation in Bolivia. Development in Practice, 27 (3), (pp. 275-287) (13 p.).
Palazzo, Amanda, Vervoort, Joost M., Mason-D’Croz, Daniel, Rutting, Lucas, Havlík, Petr, Islam, Shahnila, Bayala, Jules, Valin, Hugo, Kadi Kadi, Hamé Abdou, Thornton, Philip & Zougmore, Robert (2017). Linking regional stakeholder scenarios and shared socioeconomic pathways: Quantified West African food and climate futures in a global context. Global Environmental Change, 45, (pp. 227-242).
Patterson, James, Schulz, Karsten, Vervoort, J.M., van der Hel, S.C., Widerberg, O.E., Adler, Carolina, Hurlbert, Margot, Anderton, Karen, Sethi, Mahendra & Barau, Aliyu (2017). Exploring the governance and politics of transformations towards sustainability. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 24, (pp. 1-16).
van der Grift, Elisabeth, Vervoort, J.M. & Cuppen, Eefje (2017). Transition initiatives as light intentional communities: Uncovering liminality and friction. Sustainability, 9 (3), (pp. 448).
van Soesbergen, Arnout, Arnell, Andrew P., Sassen, Marieke, Stuch, Benjamin, Schaldach, Rüdiger, Göpel, Jan, Vervoort, Joost, Mason-D’Croz, Daniel, Islam, Shahnila & Palazzo, Amanda (2017). Exploring future agricultural development and biodiversity in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi: a spatially explicit scenario-based assessment. Regional Environmental Change, 17 (5), (pp. 1409-1420) (12 p.).
  2017 - Other output
J.M. Vervoort (10.06.2017) BNP Paribas Foundation will provide (EURO)6 million to advance climate change research
J.M. Vervoort (07.06.2017) BNP Paribas Foundation will provide EUR 6 million to advance climate change research
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Bennett, Elena, Solan, Martin, Biggs, Reinette, McPhearson, Timon, Norström, Albert, Olsson, Per, Pereira, Laura, Peterson, Garry, Raudsepp-Hearne, Ciara, Biermann, Frank, Carpenter, Stephen, Ellis, Erle, Hichert, Tanja, Galaz, Victor, Lahsen, Myanna, Milkoreit, Manjana, Martin-López, Berta, Nicolas, Kimberly, Preiser, Rika, Vince, Gaia, Vervoort, Joost & Xu, Jianchu (2016). Bright Spots - Seeds of a good Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14 (8), (pp. 441-448).
Lord, Steven, Helfgott, Ariella & Vervoort, Joost M. (2016). Choosing diverse sets of plausible scenarios in multidimensional exploratory futures techniques. Futures, 77, (pp. 11-27) (17 p.).
Mason-D'Croz, Daniel, Vervoort, Joost, Palazzo, Amanda, Islam, Shahnila, Lord, Steven, Helfgott, Ariella, Havlík, Petr, Peou, Rathana, Sassen, Marieke, Veeger, Marieke, van Soesbergen, Arnout, Arnell, Andrew P., Stuch, Benjamin, Arslan, Aslihan & Lipper, Leslie (2016). Multi-factor, multi-state, multi-model scenarios: Exploring food and climate futures for Southeast Asia. Environmental Modelling and Software, 83, (pp. 255-270) (16 p.).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Vervoort, Joost M., Keuskamp, Diederik H., Kok, Kasper, van Lammeren, Ron, Stolk, Taconis, Veldkamp, Tom A., Rekveld, Joost, Schelfhout, Ronald, Teklenburg, Bart, Borges, Andre Cavalheiro, Jánoškóva, Silvia, Wits, Willem, Assmann, Nicky, Dezfouli, Erfan Abdi, Cunningham, Kate, Nordeman, Berend & Rowlands, Hannah (2014). A sense of change: Media designers and artists communicating about complexity in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society, 19 (3).
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Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world's vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE)
02.10.2017 to 01.10.2020
General project description 

Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world's vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE) is a joint effort between Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research, the University of Oxford and the CGIAR Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Scenarios Project, and has been made possible by the BNP Paribas Foundation’s ‘Climate Action Call’.

The project brings together two research communities: scientists who seek to help policy makers think about future climate scenarios on the one hand, and social scientists whose job it is to critically investigate climate politics and policy on the other. So far these communities haven’t really been connected, and they have a lot to learn from each other. We believe that their combined insights can be used to make thinking about climate futures a lot more inclusive, fair and effective. The project builds on the CGIAR Scenarios Project under the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme. It will be working with regional governmental organisations in four global regions: Central America, West Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia to look at the benefits and challenges of current ways of anticipating and planning for climate change so that they can be better policy interventions, particularly in the regions and to the people most vulnerable to climate change.

Role Researcher Funding
External funding
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Dr. Aarti Gupta (Wageningen University & Research); Prof. Phil Macnagten (Wageningen University & Research); Maliha Muzammil (University of Oxford); Marieke Veeger (University for International Cooperation)
IRIS - Integrated and Replicable solutions for co-creation in Sustainable cities
01.10.2017 to 30.09.2022
General project description 

Urban environments are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more efficiently. Across Europe, cities are blending social innovation, engineering and ICT excellence and smart technologies to help reach these goals. IRIS is at the forefront of this change and announce itself as the newest addition to the European Commission Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) lighthouse projects. The project has been developed around three lighthouse cities - Utrecht (The Netherlands, coordinator), Nice (France), and Gothenburg (Sweden) - who will work as collaborators and test-beds for follower cities Vaasa (Finland), Alexandroupolis (Greece), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) and Focsani (Romania). Each city will draw upon a mix of universities and research organisations, local authorities, innovation agencies and private expertise to accelerate entire communities to adopt ambitious energy, mobility and ICT initiatives.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant
Project members UU

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