prof.dr. E (Esther) Turnhout

prof.dr. E (Esther) Turnhout

Full Professor 'The Politics of Environmental Knowledge'

Esther 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 focuses on the UN Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), human-wildlife conflict and auditing practices in forest management. She has published articles on these and other topics in journals such as Nature, Conservation Letters, Nature Sustainability,   Science and Public Policy and Environment and Planning. She is (associate) editor of Environmental science & Policy, Restoration Ecology, and Conservation and Society. She has been selected as an expert for IPBES and is currently a lead author of the IPBES Global Assessment


Prof. Esther Turnhout will deliver an invited lecture at the University of Edingburgh, 4 March 2018, "Democratizing environmental expertise: challenges and opportunities at the science-policy-society interface".

New book: Environmental Expertise: Connecting Science, Policy, and Society, by Esther Turnhout, Willemijn Tuinstra and Willem Halffman, 2019, Cambridge University Press

The book discusses the problems environmental experts encounter in the interaction between knowledge, society, and policy on both a practical and conceptual level. Key findings from social science research are illustrated with a range of case studies, from fisheries to fracking. The book offers guidance on how to tackle these challenges, equipping readers with tools to better understand the diversity of environmental knowledge and its role in complex environmental issues. Written by leading natural and social scientists, this text provides an essential resource for students, scientists and professionals working at the science-policy interface.


Democratizing development research. Key note at the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) (start at 30 min)

Globalizing biodiversity: representation, order, and the politics of knowledge. Keynote at the Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (HopefulNESS 2017)

Globalizing biodiversity: representation, order, and the politics of knowledge Keynote at the conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE 2017)