Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Vrije Universiteit De Boelelaan 108 1081 HV
Amsterdam The Netherlands

Tel: +31-20-5989 555
Fax: +31-20-5989 553

About the institution:
IVM is the oldest environmental research institute in the Netherlands. Since its creation in 1971, IVM has built up considerable experience in dealing with the complexities of environmental problems. The institute has repeatedly been evaluated as the best Dutch research group in this field. IVM’s research community of about 100 scientists and support staff addresses challenging environmental problems and offers both pragmatic and innovative solutions. Role in LiveDiverse: WP6 Socio-economic Vulnerability leader and competencies in economic analyses, public participation, and sustainable technologies.

Key Researchers:
Dr. Dave Huitema, WP6 leader, specializes in public administration and policy. He joined IVM as a senior researcher in February 2002 and he currently is coordinator of the cluster Water Governance and Economics at that institute. He is interested in “Adaptive Governance” and has published extensively on public participation in environmental governance, policy change and learning, public policy instruments, and climate change. In the picture he is seen kayaking the dangerous waters of Costa Rica.

Dr. Jetske Bouma, M.A. is a researcher in the field of environmental and development economics. Her main interests are in the field of behavioral and institutional economics and on research linking development and conservation, i.e. poverty reduction, natural resource management and institutional change. Jetske joined IVM in 2007, working on topics like community-based resource management, watershed development, integrated river basin management and the value of information for environmental management.

Key publications:
Berkhout, F., Hertin, J. and Gann, D.M. (2006) ‘Learning to adapt: Organisational adaptation to climate change impacts’, Climatic Change.

Bouma, J.A., Bulte, E.H., & Van Soest, D.P., “Trust and Cooperation – Social Capital and Community Resource Management, 56 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 155 (2008).

Bouma, J.A. (2008). Voluntary cooperation in the provision of a semi-public good- Community based soil and water conservation in semi-arid India. CentER Dissertation series 207, CentER graduate school, Tilburg University, Tilburg. Brouwer, R., Aftab, S., Brander, L.,Haque, E. (2007). Socio-Economic Vulnerability and Adaptation to Environmental Risk: A Case Study of Climate Change and Flooding in Bangladesh. Risk Analysis. In press.

Huitema, D., Mostert, E., Egas, S., Moellenkamp, C., Pahl-Wostl, C., and Yalcin, R., “Adaptive water governance: assessing the institutional prescriptions of adaptive (co-)management from a governance perspective and defining a research agenda”, 14(1) Ecology and Society 26 (2009).

Huitema, D. and S. Meijerink (2009), Water policy entrepreneurs. A research companion to water transitions around the globe, Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.