Research

Sustainability transitions demand boundary crossing ideas that transcend single disciplines and policy domains. These ideas facilitate innovations that go beyond technological ones, and may set in motion systemic changes of our markets, institutions, behavior and organizations. We need to imagine change before we can realize it. At the same time, societal conflict about required systemic changes is surfacing. For example, local protests against wind farms and shale gas, farmers’ protests against nitrogen measurements, or climate activists that urge governments to take more action. In times of internet and social media these conflicts easily travel across the world,  and are very influential on the governance of transitions.

I study how these conflicts offer opportunities for democratic governance of the transitions. Conflicts reveal who and what has been excluded, or might be harmed by proposed changes and innovations necessary for the sustainability transitions. In the current era, there is an urgent need to effectively understand how innovation and conflict contribute to more democratic governance of the transitions. Especially, since better information and facts are not sufficient to resolve these conflicts. My research program fills this scientific blind spot and seeks to offer new pathways for the democratic governance of energy and food transitions.

Publications (recent)

2020

  • Environmental visualizations: Framing and reframing between science, policy and society
    Beek, Lisette van; Metze, Tamara; Kunseler, Eva; Huitzing, Hiddo; Blois, Filip de; Wardekker, Arjan (2020)
    Environmental Science & Policy 114 (2020). – ISSN 1462-9011 – p. 497 – 505.
  • Visual discourse coalitions: visualization and discourse formation in controversies over shale gas development (online 29.9.2020)
    Gommeh, E.; Dijstelbloem, Huub; Metze, T.A.P. (2020)
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (2020). – ISSN 1523-908X – p. 1 – 18.
  • Visualization in environmental policy and planning: a systematic review and research agenda
    Metze, Tamara (2020)
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 22 (2020)5. – ISSN 1523-908X – p. 745 – 760.
  • Een kritisch-pragmatische bestuurskunde : Oxymoron of gelukkig huwelijk?
    Metze, T.A.P. (2020)
    Bestuurskunde 2020 (2020)1. – ISSN 0927-3387
  • The politics of co-production: participation, power, and transformation
    Turnhout, E.; Metze, T.A.P.; Wyborn, Carina; Klenk, Nicole; Louder, Elena (2020)
    Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 42 (2020). – ISSN 1877-3435 – p. 15 – 21.

2019

  • Paradox van het Pact van de Waard. Dynamische regionale samenwerking in een krimpende Hoeksche Waard
    Rutgers-Zoet, Janneke; Metze, T.A.P. (2019)
    Bestuurskunde 28 (2019)3. – ISSN 0927-3387 – p. 77 – 88.
  • More than peanuts: Transformation towards a circular economy through a small-wins governance framework
    Termeer, C.J.A.M.; Metze, T.A.P. (2019)
    Journal of Cleaner Production 240 (2019). – ISSN 0959-6526

2018

  • Pigs in the city: reflective deliberations on the boundary concept of agroparks in the Netherlands
    Metze, T.A.P.; Zuydam, Sabine Van (2018)
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 20 (2018)6. – ISSN 1523-908X – p. 675 – 688.
  • Fuel to the fire : Risk governance and framing of shale gas in the Netherlands
    Metze, Tamara (2018)
    The Extractive Industries and Society 5 (2018)4. – ISSN 2214-790X – p. 663 – 672.
  • Visual framing for policy learning: internet as the ‘eye of the public’
    Metze, T.A.P. (2018)
    In: Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions / Dotti, N.F., Edward Elgar (New Horizons in regional science series ) – ISBN 9781786433633 – p. 165 – 180.
  • Framing the future of fracking : Discursive lock-in or energy degrowth in the Netherlands?
    Metze, Tamara (2018)
    Journal of Cleaner Production 197 (2018)2. – ISSN 0959-6526 – p. 1737 – 1745.
  • Angst, woede en wantrouwen over gaswinning : Hoe Groningse politici emotioneel schakelen tussen burgers en Den Haag
    Verhoeven, I.; Metze, T.A.P. (2018)
    In: Het hart op de tong / Swierstra, Tsjalling, Koenis, Sjaak, Gabriëls, René, Amsterdam University Press – ISBN 9789463723312 – p. 63 – 82.

2017

  • Hydraulic fracturing as an interpretive policy problem: lessons on energy controversies in Europe and the U.S.A.
    Dodge, Jennifer; Metze, Tamara (2017)
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 19 (2017)1. – ISSN 1523-908X – p. 1 – 13.
  • De demos digitaal bekrachtigd? Zes e-democracy cases uit binnen- en buitenland
    Hulst, Merlijn van; Cuijpers, Colette; Hendriks, Frank; Metze, T.A.P. (2017)
    Bestuurskunde 26 (2017)2. – ISSN 0927-3387 – p. 41 – 50.
  • Fracking the Debate : Frame Shifts and Boundary Work in Dutch Decision Making on Shale Gas
    Metze, Tamara (2017)
    Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 19 (2017)1. – ISSN 1523-908X – p. 35 – 52.
  • Breaking barriers for a bio-based economy : Interactive reflection on monitoring water quality
    Metze, T.A.P.; Schuitmaker, Tjerk Jan; Bitsch, Lise; Broerse, Jacqueline E.W. (2017)
    Environmental Science & Policy 74 (2017). – ISSN 1462-9011 – p. 1 – 7.
  • E-democracy: meer demos door digitale revolutie?
    Metze, T.A.P.; Cuijpers, Colette (2017)
    Bestuurskunde 26 (2017)2. – ISSN 0927-3387 – p. 29 – 30.
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