Sabine de Graaff

PhD candidate
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I have an interdisciplinary background in Environmental Social Science (BSc, Utrecht University) and Environmental Governance (MSc, Leiden University). My studies covered a diverse range of topics, including energy transition and climate adaptation, governance of biodiversity and ecosystems, circular economy and water governance. I’ve enjoyed getting to know this broad span of sustainability challenges, and what interests me most in them is the (complexity of the) governance processes around them.

I’m looking forward to exploring this interest further in my PhD project, which will focus broadly on the policy and governance processes related to the directionality of innovation policy in the context of sustainability transitions. While looking at the role of innovation policy specifically, I will also explore the more broad relations between long term policy processes and systems change, as this should improve our understanding of transition dynamics and social change. Furthermore, I will look into processes relevant to how directionality is formed in different policy subsystems - that is, how different development paths towards long-term policy goals related to sustainability are negotiated, deliberated and coordinated upon. In this context I will pay specific attention to power relations between actors, participation and inclusion, and political dimensions.

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Tags: Digitalisation, Sustainability Transitions
Published June 28, 2022 12:45 PM - Last modified July 5, 2022 1:16 PM