Frans H.J.M. Coenen (1960) holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy Planning. He is involved in social science sustainable development research since more than 30 years. He is currently senior researcher within CSTM – the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability at the University of Twente, within the faculty of BMS – the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences of the University of Twente which he joined in 1987.
Over the years his research particular focused on local and regional sustainable development and capacity development for sustainable development. He takes a special interest in participation in sustainable development in relation to the quality of environmental decision making. Further he has a particular interest in adaptation problems to local climate change and demographic change and humn capital. He is specialised in environmental policy planning and in public policy evaluation . At this moment he is involved in several research projects in the field of renewable energy and climate policy.