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Research programming on the science-policy interface


Adaptation to climate change is evolving from a field that was dominated by an engineerical approach towards a transdisciplinary research agenda. This puts increasing pressure on those already involved and those new to the field, be it scientists or practitioners. The Dutch national research program Knowledge for Climate (with a total budget of 100 million euros) was founded to catalyze these developments with regard to ‘climate proofing’ The Netherlands.

In this lecture Kim van Nieuwaal will draw on his experiences as coordinator of the research program in the continuous effort to bridge the science-policy interface. Particular attention will be paid to the strategic manoeuvring by the program management to deal with unexpected exogenous developments such as ‘climate gate’ and the financial crisis in Europe. It turned out that these circumstances also had some enabling potential, rather than the merely negative impacts anticipated initially. Kim will indicate how the program is aiming at mainstreaming of climate adaptation with processes of spatial development. Moreover, it will be argued that transdisciplinary research on adaptation to climate change can lead to value creation with regard to (a.) high quality and climate robust spatial investments, (b.) knowledge infrastructure and consultancy and (c.) business development in the private sector. One of the issues worth discussing are current developments and trends in the interplay between state, market and science in Europe on the one hand and the Southeast Asian context on the other. The Netherlands and Singapore for instance share some notable similarities, like being relatively young and small coastal societies with strong, open and pioneering economies, vulnerable to climate change, but they differ in traditions, cultures and - not in the least - macro-economic circumstances. Not surprisingly, collaborations between the two countries on issues such as water management have proven to be increasingly successful, as there is much to learn from each other.

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Dr. Kim van Nieuwaal, Scientific coordinator, Dutch national research programme, Knowledge for Climate

Wednesday, 06 March 2013
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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