Wouter de Rijk

PhD Candidate
Public Governance and Management

I am a PhD candidate at the Utrecht University School of Governance, researching Climate Change and Institutions for Social Imagination. My research focuses on the role of social imagination and futuring from the perspective of Critical Governance Studies, exploring how governments can give more space to alternative social imaginations and actively promote them through climate and environmental policies.

Previously, I graduated cum laude in Political History from Leiden University (2023), with a thesis on the planned post-war economic development and modernization of the South-East Drenthe region in the Netherlands. Before that, I studied Political Science and International Studies at Leiden University.