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Research seminar Prof. Geert Teisman


Prof. dr. ing. Geert Teisman (1956) is professor in Complex Decision Making and Process Management at the Department of Public Administration of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He holds degrees in Transport and Sociology.

Furthermore, Geert holds several positions on the boundaries of scientific research and practical applications. He is a member of the Board of Habiforum, a joint venture between science, private sector and public authorities, and exploring possibilities of multiple land-uses. He is also scientific director of the foundation Living with Water, governing a variety of projects in which water system improvement is one of the important aims. And he is on the Executive Board of Netlipse, a European knowledge exchange network in the field of infrastructure project management.

The seminar is titled Regionalization: the art of boundary spanning’ and will be (partly) based on the article  ‘Synchronising climate adaptation processes in a multilevel governance setting: exploring synchronisation of governance levels in the Dutch Delta, by Geert Teisman, Jitske Verkerk and Arwin van Buuren. The paper can be downloaded here.

Abstract: In this paper we argue that effective climate adaptation depends on the ability of actors on various levels to achieve a multilevel governance process in which their distinct activities result in a coherent adaptation strategy. The classic government’s capacity to coordinate such complex processes has proved limited. Therefore we explore the notion of synchronisation – the ability of actors to connect governance processes that all have their own development, logic and selforganising dynamics. With a theoretical conceptualisation and a case study, we analyse whether and how the concept of synchronisation helps to understand the self-organising coordinative capacity within multilevel governance processes.

Location: RP002

When: 15 November 2017 12:30

End date: 15 November 2017 14:00