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Dr Roos den Uyl

Associate Research Fellow

Environmental Social Scientist

In November 2013, I started working as a postdoc with Duncan Russel at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, in the EU funded BASE project on climate change adaptation strategies. My research task is threefold:

1) We study the meaning of institutional context and trends in public administration in two case studies at the local level: the South Devon Coast around Dawlish, and Dartmoor National Park.

2) Further, we study the role of knowledge use in climate change adaptation policy, and the coordination capacity of adaptation policies at national level (for 7 member states, with a focus on the UK and the Netherlands).

3) Finally, we analyse why climate adaptation, as relatively new policy task, is adopted (mainstreamed) or not into established EU policy fields (water management, agriculture, biodiversity health, with a focus on coastal & marine policy).

For more information on the BASE project, please visit:

I started a blog about my work for the BASE project. To have a look at the blog, please visit:

I initiated and organised the CRPR Centre Discussion Series from Spring 2014 till Summer 2015. You are very welcome to attend or make suggestions, please contact Hannah Chiswell:


I conducted my studies in Environmental Sciences and my PhD research in Governance for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. My PhD research focused on comparatively analysing 3 modes of governance for sustainable development, i.e. adaptive management, transition management and payments for environmental services, in terms of how these modes are actually oriented on inducing change and on contributing to sustainable development, and what experiences in practice reveal when working in accordance with these modes (supervisors prof. dr. Peter P.J. Driessen and prof. dr. Dave Huitema). In Spring 2013, I also participated in the 'OECD-NL Policy Dialogue on Water Governance', by providing an assessment of water quality in the Netherlands, and an assessment of costs and financial flows of water management in the Netherlands (the latter together with dr. W.J. Wouter Botzen). For more information about me and my previous work, please visit:

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