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Dave Huitema is professor and chair holder Public Administration and Policy at Wageningen University and Research. His research is focused on the role of government in accomplishing transformations in the sustainability domain. How can governments play a role in facilitating certain ongoing transformations, how could government trigger certain transformations, and how does government need to transform itself in light of desirable transformations? In light of this, Huitema has focused on the ways in which individuals (so called policy entrepreneurs) can consciously affect policy dynamics, on learning processes in government (for instance through citizen participation, through evaluation, through serious games, or policy experiments), but he has also focused on the way governments can enhance the societal impact of citizens collectives that seek to introduce more sustainable approaches. Much of the work done by Huitema is aimed at the domains of water management, climate change and energy. Conceptually he connects to theories about policy dynamics, the science-policy interface, adaptive governance and polycentricity. Huitema received his degrees from Twente (M.A.and PhD) and he has previously worked for the Vrije Univeriteit Amsterdam and the Open Universiteit as professor of environmental policy. At the moment Huitema is involved in various research projects, notably NWO funded project ADAPT-LOCKIN about locked in policy systems, NWO-TTW project AquaConnect about circular water management, and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action NEWAVE that aims to give an an impuls to the global way of thinking about water governance. Huitema teaches various courses at the WUR and is welcoming PhD students who would like to do research together in his expertise areas


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