Prof. Maarten Hajer, professor of Political Science at the UvA, has been appointed a member of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP Resource Panel is a global panel of top scientists that deals with the big questions surrounding the depletion of natural resources and the accompanying governance questions.
The panel will publish studies about the big questions surrounding natural resources (from metals to wood and from land use to fish stock), with the central task being to find and implement strategies to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.. For this reason, the analysis of global metal flows will also take centre stage. With the appointment of Hajer as a member of the panel, attention paid to social practices and governance questions will increase. The first project that Hajer will focus on concerns the sustainable city and an analysis of city metabolism.
About Maarten HajerMaarten Hajer (1962) has been professor of Political Science, in particular policy and governance processes, at the UvA since 1998. He is also director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). In this role, Hajer is responsible for giving strategic advice to the cabinet and parliament and drawing up scientific assessments and option papers on issues relating to the broad field of environment (environment, nature, space, water, mobility).