Distribution of Articles published per year
(2005 - 2014)
(2005 - 2014)
Total number of journals
Article 1 Read 1 Citation A Shift Toward Building with Nature in the Dredging and Port Development Industries: Managerial Implications for Project... Published: 09 May 2014
Environmental Management, doi: 10.1007/s00267-014-0285-z
Building with Nature is a new approach to designing water infrastructure, one that seeks to realize socioeconomic project goals in harmony with the environment. The Dutch dredging industry is promoting its application in the Netherlands, but similar concepts are emerging internationally. The Working with Nature concept has been developed under the auspices of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, Engineering with Nature by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Flanders Bays 2100 by a group of Belgian dredging companies and international consultants. The research discussed in this article focuses on the feasibility of implementing the Building with Nature approach in the context of EU Natura 2000 governance. The initial expectation of the industry was that Natura 2000 regulations would obstruct innovative Building with Nature attempts. The empirical evidence points to a shift toward Building with Nature have taken place on the governance and project levels, and the goals of Natura 2000 and Building with Nature converging in practice. Using specific project-level variables identified by researchers, guidance for project development in Natura 2000 areas was proposed. We conclude by discussing the implications of the research results for the dredging industry dealing with Natura 2000 regulations in Europe and similar overarching nature regulations elsewhere.
Article 1 Read 4 Citations How social learning influences further collaboration: experiences from an international collaborative water project Published: 01 January 2014
Ecology and Society, doi: 10.5751/es-06540-190261
Article 2 Reads 3 Citations A dynamic analysis of voluntary agreement implementation in Mexico Published: 17 May 2012
Journal of Public Affairs, doi: 10.1002/pa.1438
This paper provides a descriptive historical analysis of failure and success factors during the implementation phase of environmental voluntary agreements (VAs) in Mexico. Secondary source data suggest that over the past two decades, perceptions of VAs have changed, and the purpose of this paper was to identify the driving factors behind that change. The analytical framework has three components: the first one refers to prior research findings on the perceptions of the Mexican private sector. The second and third components draw on previously reported ‘successful’ characteristics in voluntary approaches. By including a range of interest groups, the authors aimed to include those aspects of communication processes described as ‘lobbying’ by several authors. A major outcome of this analysis is that the low level of ‘trust’ among actors amounted to a failure factor when implementing a VA but that, after 14 years, the level of ‘trust’ had increased resulting in a cooperative attitude among actors. Communication effectiveness had an important role in the ‘trust’ building process, leading to the conclusion that communication processes had also improved. Although this cannot be claimed as a direct result of the lobbying processes, this research has identified the influence of ‘lobbying’ in facilitating the successful implementation of a VA. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
BOOK-CHAPTER 2 Reads 0 Citations The Practice of Innovative Energy Systems Diffusion in Neighbourhood Renovation Projects: A Comparison of 11 Cases in th... Published: 01 January 2012
Green Growth: Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-4417-2_14
The diffusion of clean energy technologies is important to foster Green Growth. In the Netherlands the housing sector has considerable potential to increase energy efficiency by applying innovative energy technologies (IES). In this chapter we aim to answer the question of which factors explain the successful application of IES in neighbourhood renovation projects. Our research involves a comparative design, looking at 11 case studies. Comprehensive data collection was carried out, including 70 semi-structured interviews. We found that in only 3 out of 11 cases were IES successfully applied. Ambitions were reduced as the projects progressed. The main results of the analysis identify three factors that are positively related to IES application: policy instruments, housing associations’ organizational characteristics, and inter-organizational collaboration. The results of our analysis suggest that more policy efforts are needed to deploy IES in residential areas over a wider scale. This is important to facilitate Green Growth.
BOOK-CHAPTER 1 Read 2 Citations Towards Sustainability Through Collaboration Between Industrial Sectors and Government: The Mexican Case Published: 01 January 2010
Facilitating Sustainable Innovation through Collaboration, doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-3159-4_14
This chapter discusses the extent to which Dutch experiences with negotiated agreements between firms and public authorities could be used as a tool to improve environmental policies and foster collaboration and innovation for sustainability in Mexico. The Mexican context is analysed both in terms of perceived effectiveness of environmental regulation/existing voluntary agreements and in terms of attitudes and opinions of key players in the Mexican Industry regarding feasibility of negotiated agreements. Our findings show that there is good receptivity to the use of negotiated agreements both from the point of view of policy makers and industry leaders. The comparison with Dutch experiences shows no important gap between Mexican business leaders’ expectations regarding results in terms of efficiency gains and positive side effects and the results obtained by negotiated agreements in the Netherlands. Mexico benefits from a history of trust and fair play between the industrial sector and the government; homogeneity or clear leadership in polluting industrial sectors. Polluting firms are also concerned with their public Image and there is a widespread belief that the government will resort to other measures if negotiation fails. All the latter factors, which were determinant of success in The Netherlands, support the feasibility of using negotiated agreements as a collaborative strategy towards sustainability in Mexico.
Article 0 Reads 9 Citations Conditions for the success of negotiated agreements: partnerships for environmental improvement in the Netherlands Published: 01 January 2005
Business Strategy and the Environment, doi: 10.1002/bse.457
Since the late 1980s, Dutch environmental policy has built on close collaboration with industry, meaning: between industry on one side and governments on the other side. Through negotiations between sectors of industry, and the Ministry of the Environment and regional governments, agreements have been sought concerning the contribution of specific sectors to often ambitious environmental policy goals. After concluding agreements representatives of the same organizations frequently form committees to guide and maintain the implementation. Since 1989 more than 70 agreements have been reached. During 2002/2003 we were commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Environment to carry out the official evaluation of the negotiated agreements. Business leaders all over the world regard the Dutch approach as a promising example of how public policy can accommodate corporate social responsibility endeavours into business itself. In the Netherlands business support for this policy strategy is still extremely strong, but what are the prerequisites for properly functioning negotiated agreements? This article reports our empirical research on the subject. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.