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Dr. Dave Huitema

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr. Dave Huitema is Professor of Environmental Policy at the Netherlands Open University and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Huitema and his group of colleagues focus on the adaptability of policy systems.
Currently Huitema fullfils several academic roles. He is deputy chair of the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) at the IVM, one of the coordinators of Marie Curie Intensive Training Network NEWAVE, vice-dean for research at the Faculty of Science at the Open University of the Netherlands, vice-chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Science at the OU, and member of the Research Board of the OU. Huitema is member of the Governing Board of the Dutch National Research School for the Environmental Sciences (SENSE), and he is a member of the editorial board of various academic journals (including ""Ecology and Society"" and “Global Environmental Change”).

In the past, Huitema acted as Vice-Chair of COST Action ‘Innovations in Climate Governance’ (IS1309, co-chaired with Andrew Jordan), he has served two terms as a member of the Governing Board of the Dutch Association for Public Administration, and he has been Director of Teaching in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at IVM.

Huitema has extensive international experience and has done research in a range of countries, including Canada, the USA, the UK, Poland, Spain, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Vietnam.

Huitema and colleagues have played key roles in a number of large scale research efforts funded by the European Union (CAPFLO, Cecilia2050, LUC4C, Combioserve, Responses, LiveDiverse, ADAM, NeWater) and the Dutch Government (Knowledge for Climate, Living with Water). Since 2019, Huitema is involved with the EU funded project NEWCOMERS. Huitema's group was host to the International Workshop on Entrepreneurship in Climate Governance (Amsterdam, June 2015), the Governance of Adaptation Symposium in Amsterdam (March 2012) and it maintains the Water Governance Blog.


Environmental policy and governance, policy systems, entrepreneurship

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