Adapt Lock-in Project Team
Project members from Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom
- Bernd SiebenhünerProfessor for Ecological Economics
Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner is Chair of Ecological Economics at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany) and the director of the Master’s programme Sustainability Economics and Management. After earning degrees in economics and political science from the Freie Universität Berlin and a Ph.D. from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, he held positions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Harvard University, and the Nelson Mandela University. He served in the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance Project from 2008-2014 and headed numerous research projects in the fields of social learning, international organizations, global environmental governance, corporate sustainability strategies, climate adaptation, biodiversity governance, and the role of science in global environmental governance.
- Dave HuitemaProfessor of Environmental PolicyDave HuitemaProfessor of Environmental Policy
Dr Dave Huitema is Professor of Environmental Policy at the Open Universiteit Nederland and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Dave has a degree in Public Administration and Public Policy, and is interested in policy dynamics. To better understand this issue, he has focused extensively on subjects such as adaptive governance and policy learning, and he has examined the role of policy entrepreneurs, policy experiments, science-policy interactions, and policy evaluation in explaining such dynamics (or the lack thereof).
- Jean HugéAssistant professor Environmental GovernanceJean HugéAssistant professor Environmental Governance
Dr. ir. Jean Hugé is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Governance at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Dutch Open University. He holds a PhD in Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel & the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a MSc in BioScience Engineering and a Master in Conflict & Development (Ghent University). He has worked on a range of policy-supporting research projects focusing on the discourse and practice of sustainability assessments applied in: climate- and biodiversity-inclusive development cooperation, regional sustainability policies, energy policies, higher education and biodiversity conservation. His current research focuses on the effects of the dynamics of plural biodiversity discourses on conservation decisions; on the functions of sustainability assessments; on conservation conflicts (esp. in the global South), on climate change adaptation policy, and on skills & competences for sustainable development.
- John TurnpennySenior Lecturer
Dr John Turnpenny is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics at the University of East Anglia. John’s research focuses, broadly, on the relationship between evidence and public policy-making, and more specifically on policy analysis tools, construction and deployment of scientific evidence. John takes a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the politics of policy-making, and is particularly interested in environment, sustainable development and climate change-related policy. His research interests span the politics of valuing nature, policy appraisal, the use of analytical tools in policy, climate change and society, scenario creation and futures communication, and knowledge brokerage.
- Julie KingDoctoral researcher
Julie King, M.A., is a PhD student and researcher at the Department of Ecological Economics at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg. Her dissertation focuses on the networks of factors behind the climate change adaptation deficit in certain problem domains and states of Germany. Other research interests include local adaptation to heavy rainfall events and the psychological impacts of climate change. Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree in German Studies (Dickinson College, USA), Master’s Degree in Sustainability Economics and Management (University of Oldenburg), and has worked at regional development organisation in the northwest of Germany prior to starting her PhD.
- Lisanne GroenPostdoctoral researcherLisanne GroenPostdoctoral researcher
Dr Lisanne Groen is a postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Environmental Sciences at the Open University of the Netherlands. Lisanne obtained a PhD in political science – on the EU’s performance in the international negotiations on climate change and biodiversity – at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. After her PhD she pursued a postdoc at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, on low-carbon technology transfer from developed to developing countries. Her main research interests are EU and international climate change mitigation, adaptation and technology transfer policies. Lisanne collects and analyses data for various Dutch case studies in the Adapt Lock-in project.
- Meghan AlexanderSenior Research Associate
Dr Meghan Alexander is a Senior Research Associate in climate change adaptation within the School of Politics at the University of East Anglia. Meghan's research interests span various themes related to governance, policy dynamics, societal resilience, well-being and social justice. Her current research as part of the Adapt Lock-in project, investigates the driving forces and self-reinforcing mechanisms through which policy ‘lock-ins’ are created and sustained in key problem domains, and the corresponding implications for mainstreaming climate change adaptation.
- Nicolas JagerPost-doctoral associate
Dr. Nicolas W. Jager is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Ecological Economics at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg. In his work, he centres on issues of environmental and sustainability governance, public participation, institutional change and policy failure and decline. His studies span a variety of regions in Europe and beyond, and cover diverse issues such as water, biodiversity, agriculture, or energy, and the nexus between these. In his current work, he assesses in what ways policy systems are subject to lock-ins preventing them from further climate adaptation activities.
- Tim RaynerResearch Fellow
Dr Tim Rayner has been part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and based at the UEA since 2006, researching climate change governance, policy and politics, particularly from EU and UK perspectives. He has published on mitigation and adaptation-related policy areas, and emerging debates over climate engineering and the potential for greenhouse gas removal. In Adapt Lock-in, he is interested to explore the development of policies relating to water scarcity, forestry and health in particular. Alongside ADAPT Lock-in Tim is participating in the Jean Monnet Network ‘Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times’ (GOVTRAN).
- Torsten GrothmannSenior Scientist
Dr Torsten Grothmann is a Senior Scientist in the interdisciplinary Ecological Economics Group at the University of Oldenburg. He is an environmental psychologist by training and focuses in his current research on evaluating strategies for fostering climate change mitigation and adaptation. Here, he is particularly interested in the effectiveness of participation and communication strategies.