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 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, 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 Asessment.


Key note at the International Conference on Reserach for Development (ICRD 2017), 5 Sept. 2017, Bern, Switzerland. Link to conference website: here. Video: here (go to Tuesday video, start at 30 minutes) Report: here

Keynote  at the  conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE 2017). Conference website: here. Video: here

Keynote at the Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (HopefulNESS 2017). Conference website:  here. Video: here

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

Inaugural address, 2 June 2016, Video here: