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Transition & Reinvention

Transitions are needed, no doubt about that. Many smaller, rural and remote communities are under severe stress, are on the way out or out already. Society as a whole is on a wholly unsustainable course. Not all is lost, however. Many partial solutions are in sight, and political will is growing. When it comes to the role of academics, we need to balance the desire to fix things and give clear recommendations, and the need to first understand how things work, and to be careful with creating false hopes and expectations.

In this book we discuss issues of inclusion and exclusion.


Schluter, A., Van Assche, K., Hornidge, AK, Vaidineanu, N., Guest Editors (2020). Coastal governance. Evolutionary governance perspectives on land- sea interactions. Special issue of Marine Policy (Vol 112). 

Van Assche, K., Beunen, R., Guest Editors. The possibilities and limits of steering in governance. Special issue of Politics and Governance

Djanibekov, U., Van Assche, K., Boezeman, D., Villamor, G. B., & Djanibekov, N. (2018). A coevolutionary perspective on the adoption of sustainable land use practices: The case of afforestation on degraded croplands in Uzbekistan. Journal of Rural Studies, 59, 1-9.

Van Assche, K., Beunen, R., Duineveld, M., & Gruezmacher, M. (2017). Power/knowledge and natural resource management: Foucaultian foundations in the analysis of adaptive governance. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 19(3), 308-322.

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