My field of interest and expertise lies in the changing role of public and private actors, specifically corporate actors, in global environmental and marine governance. My research contributes to understanding how corporate actors increasingly become involved in sustainability transformations, and how this explains governing efforts and effects. I focus in particular on policy concepts and instruments, such as environmental information disclosure mechanisms, social license to operate, ecosystem based management, blue economy and circular economy programs, through which corporate actors are stimulated to become more proactive and reflexive in managing their environmental footprint. Through interdisciplinary research projects and approaches I aim to conceptualize the role of public and private actors by taking into account the economic, social and environmental conditions sectors operate in. Moreover, the aim is to increase insight into system and sector dynamics and lock-ins that prevent corporate actors to move away from business as usual. My research and publications cover a range of marine sectors and issues including international shipping, offshore extractive industry and plastic pollution.
Contact Judith at judith.vanleeuwen(at)wur.nl