Governing climate adaptation in urban deltas (PhD project - Richard Pompoes)

Sea level rise, subsidence, extreme rainfall and drought: climate changes induce new challenges and risks in low lying urbanized deltas, as in the Netherlands. Governments are crucial for making decisions that influence the risk exposure of citizens and physical assets. Therefore, this research project sets out to unpack how government decisions contribute to a climate-robust Dutch Delta. Ultimately, the aim is to co-imagine changes of rules and responsibilities for governments and other actors, to enable fair and climate-robust delta futures.


The project focuses specifically on the governance aspects of managing climate risks within the built environment. This entails exploring the impacts of current institutions and governance arrangements for climate resilience and imagining new governance futures for climate risk management. New imaginaries of governance futures for deltas will be co-created with stakeholders and a serious game will be developed to systematically analyze impacts of these imaginaries and possible interventions for more forward-looking decisions about climate risks. The project is intended to contribute to addressing short-termism and stimulate the adaptive capacities of involved stakeholders.