prof.dr. E (Esther) Turnhout

prof.dr. E (Esther) Turnhout

Full Professor 'The Politics of Environmental Knowledge'

sther Turnhout is Full Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research program The Politics of Environmental Knowledge includes research into the different roles experts play at the science policy interface, the political implications of policy relevant knowledge, and the participation of citizens in environmental knowledge making, also known as citizen science. Current research projects focus on the UN Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), wildlife management and invasive species, auditing practices in forest management and the production of transparency and traceability in global value chains. She has published articles on these and other topics in journals such as Nature, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies, Science and Public Policy, Environment and Planning, and Conservation Letters. She is associate editor of Environmental science & Policy. She has been selected as an expert for IPBES and also advises the Dutch government on IPBES. 


Visiting professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna:

Keynote lecture at the 2017 conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics:

Selected as lead author for the IPBES Global Assessment:

Keynote lecture at the 2017 Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference.

New open access publication on REDD+ in Wires Climate Change:

On June 2, 2016 Esther Turnhout delivered her Inaugural Address. You can watch the lecture at: