On 28 October we ended the celebration of our 10 years anniversary with a very successful symposium about the governance of wicked problems. Professors Katrien Termeer, Brian Head, Paul 't Hart and Guy Peters gave inspiring speeches about how wicked problems can be understood and dealt with. We look back at a great week!
Katrien Termeer is professor of Public Administration, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research addresses the governance of wicked problems in the domains of adaptation to climate change, food security, and sustainable agriculture. She studies the emergence of new forms of governance, varying from self-governing communities and public private partnerships to global round tables and private certification systems. She is especially interested in how governance actors, constrained and enabled by historically grown institutions, make sense of new forms of governance in day-to-day practices.
Brian Head is professor at the Institute for Social Science Research & School of Political Science, University of Queensland, Australia. He is one of the leading scholars on the governance of wicked problems. His major interests are evidence-based policy, program evaluation, early intervention and prevention, collaboration and consultation, service delivery, accountability and leadership. He is particularly interested in conducting applied research across many areas of public policy and governance, and is committed to building closer links between science and policymakers.
Paul 't Hart is president of the Dutch Society for Public Administration and professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, the Netherlands. In 2016, he was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council to build a team investigating the preconditions for enduringly successful public organizations, policies and networks. His research interests include public leadership, elite behaviour and group dynamics in government, the political and bureaucratic responses to 'crises'; and the design and practice of accountability in public organisations.
Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh, and President of the International Public Policy Association. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University and has honorary doctorates from four European universities. He has been founding editor of Governance, and of the European Political Science Review. He is author or editor of over 70 books and 200 articles. He has also been a consultant for a number of national governments and international organizations.
Art Dewulf is associate professor at the Public Administration and Policy group of Wageningen University. He studies complex problems of natural resource governance with a focus on interactive processes of sense-making and decision-making in water and climate governance. He has published various articles on topics like framing theory, collaborative governance, dealing with uncertainties and cross-disciplinary research.