NEWAVE e-Lecture Series: Adaptive Governance | Prof. Dave Huitema

December 1, 2020, 14.00 - 14.35

Adaptive Governance

Ideas about adaptive management and co-management have influenced the discussion about water governance for a few decades now. In this lecture, we will look at the origins of this way of thinking, its main prescriptions for practice, and reflect on these on the basis of the state of art in the water governance literature more generally.


Folke, C., Hahn, T., Olsson, P., & Norberg, J. (2005). Adaptive governance of social-ecological systems.  Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour., 30, 441-473.

Chaffin, B. C., H. Gosnell, and B. A. Cosens. (2014). A decade of adaptive governance scholarship: synthesis and future directions. Ecology and Society 19(3): 56.

Huitema, D., E. Mostert, W. Egas, S. Moellenkamp, C. Pahl-Wostl, and R. Yalcin. 2009. Adaptive water governance: assessing the institutional prescriptions of adaptive (co-)management from a governance perspective and defining a research agenda. Ecology and Society14(1): 26.


Prof. Dave Huitema

Dr. Dave Huitema is Professor of Environmental Policy at the Netherlands Open University and the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  

Huitema and his group of colleagues focus on the adaptability of policy systems. For policy systems to be adaptable, learning needs to take place and agency needs to be developed to translate learning in policy change. This is why the team is analyzing for example the role of experiments, evaluation, and entrepreneurs in learning and policy innovation.

Currently, Huitema fulfills several academic roles. He is deputy chair of the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) at the IVM, vice-chair of the Department of Science of the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology at the Netherlands Open University (OU), member of the Research Committee of the latter Faculty, and he is one of the coordinators of the OU research program on Safety and the City. Huitema is a member of the Governing Board of the Dutch National Research School for the Environmental Sciences (SENSE, representing the NL Open University), and he is a member of the editorial board of various academic journals (including "Ecology and Society" and “Global Environmental Change”).

About the e-Lecture Series:

This online training module has the objective to engage the NEWAVESRs and the audience in different water governance perspectives. All lectures are open to the public upon registration.

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