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prof.dr. J.T.A. Bressers (Hans)

Full Professor

About Me

Prof.dr. Hans Th.A. Bressers (1953) is professor of Policy Studies and Envi­ronmental Policy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and founder of the CSTM, the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, one of the departments of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences. At the university level, he is the Chair of the Twente Water Centre, that bundles the over 150 water management researchers of all technical, natural science and policy oriented faculties of the University of Twente. In over three hundred articles, chapters, and books and a similar number of reports, conference papers and presentations (both in Dutch and in English) he published on policy -evaluati­on, - instru­ments, -networks, and -implementati­on, mostly applied on envi­ron­mental and sustainability oriented policies.  He has been researcher and project leader of numerous externally funded projects, including several projects funded by EU research frameworks, Dutch national science foundation, national priority research programmes, Dutch ministries, etc. As a PhD advisor, he has led 50 researchers to their graduation until 2018.

Expertise

Policy
Water
Project
Energy
Drought
Energy
Netherlands
Management
Governance

Research

Recent research focuses on the implementation of sustainability oriented policies, like on water management and climate adaptation, and the governance conditions that can be supportive or restrictive for such implementation. 

Publications

Recent
Ebrahimiazarkharan, F., Ghorbani, M., Malekian, A., & Bressers, J. T. A. (2018). Social Learning and Adaptive Water Governance in the Taleghan Catchment Region of Iran. Paper presented at Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bressers, J. T. A., & Bressers, N. (2018). Assessing the Supportiveness of the Governance Context for Integrated Catchment Management. Paper presented at IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018, Tokyo, Japan.
Knox, A. J., Bressers, J. T. A., Mohlakoana, N., & de Groot, J. (2018). Aspirations to grow: When micro- and informal enterprises in the streetfood sector speak for themselves. Paper presented at DIANA Research Conference 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.
Dolman, N. J., Lijzenga, S., Özerol, G., Bressers, J. T. A., Böge , M., & Bormann, H. (2018). Applying the Water Sensitive Cities framework for climate adaptation in the North Sea Region: First impressions from the CATCH project. Paper presented at Water Convention 2018, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
Knox, A. J., Bressers, J. T. A., Mohlakoana, N., & de Groot, J. (2018). Aspirations to grow: When micro- and informal enterprises in the streetfood sector speak for themselves. Paper presented at
Youth and Women Entrepreneurship in Challenging International (Global) Business Environment 2018, Balchik, Bulgaria.
Xue, Y., Bressers, J. T. A., & Wen, Z. (2018). A massive urban symbiosis: A preliminary review of the Urban Mining Pilot Bases Programme in China. In Towards Zero Waste: Circular Economy Boost, Waste to Resources (Greening of Industry Networks Studies). Springer International Publishing.
Franco Garcia, M. M., Carpio-Aguilar, J. C., & Bressers, J. T. A. (2018). The Future of Circular Economy and Zero Waste. In Towards Zero Waste: Circular Economy Boost, Waste to Resources (Greening of Industry Networks Studies). Springer International Publishing.
Franco Garcia, M. M., Carpio-Aguilar, J. C., & Bressers, J. T. A. (2018). Towards Zero Waste: Circular Economy Boost, Waste to Resources: Introduction. In Towards Zero Waste: Circular Economy Boost, Waste to Resources (Greening of Industry Networks Studies). Springer International Publishing.
Franco Garcia, M. M., Carpio-Aguilar, J. C., & Bressers, J. T. A. (2018). Towards Zero Waste: Circular Economy Boost, Waste to Resources. (Greening of Industry Networks Studies). Springer International Publishing.
Other Contributions

Bressers, H., L. J. O’Toole, & J. Richardson, (Eds.) (1995). Networks and water policy: A comparative perspective. London: Frank Cass. [also published as special issue of Environmental Politics, 3(4), Winter 1994].

Bressers, H., & S. M. Kuks (2003). What does governance mean? From concept to elaboration. In: H. Bressers & W. A. Rosenbaum (eds), Achieving sustainable development: The challenge of governance across social scales. New York-Westpoint-London: Praeger.

 Bressers, H. (2004). Understanding the implementation of instruments: How to know what works, where, when and how. In: W. M. Lafferty (ed.), Governance for Sustainable Development: The Challenge of Adapting Form to Function. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bressers, H., & S. M. Kuks, (Eds.) (2004). Integrated governance and water basin management: Conditions for regime change towards sustainability. Dordrecht-Boston-London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Bressers, H. & K. Lulofs, (eds) (2010). Governance and Complexity in Water Management, Creating Cooperation through Boundary Spanning, Edward Elgar/IWA.

Boer, C. de, and H. Bressers (2011), Complex and dynamic implementation processes: Analyzing the renaturalization of the Dutch Regge river, Book, Enschede: University of Twente and The Hague: Dutch Water Governance Centre.

Boer, C. De, J. Vinke-de Kruijf, G. Özerol, H. Bressers (Eds.) (2013) Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer: International Studies on Contextual Water Management. Oxford UK, New York USA: Earthscan – Routledge.

Bressers, H., N. Bressers (Eds.) (2015), Governance Assessment Guide, DROP project, Almelo.

Bressers, H., N. Bressers, C. Larrue (Eds.) (2016), Governance for Drought Resilience: Land and Water Drought Management in Europe, Dordrecht, Berlin: Springer

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Education

Teaching concentrates on environmental policy (both in the MEEM and PA masters) and research methodology (MEEM master). 

Affiliated Study Programmes

Master

Projects

Apart from the numerous PhD projects that are supervised, as a researcher several projects have been and are contributed to, sponsored by national and international research programs. 

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 1248
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  1248
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands