Dr M. Kaufmann (Maria)
Assistant professor - Environment
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
Maria Kaufmann, PhD, is a researcher at the Chair Group of Political Sciences of the Environment at Radboud University Nijmegen. Maria’s research experience focuses on environmental governance, particularly climate adaptation (e.g. flood risk governance, water resource management) and climate mitigation/ energy transition. She advanced two main research lines: analysing transformations, particularly discursive- institutional dynamics (stability and change) and evaluating governance arrangements in terms of environmental justice (distributional, recognition, and procedural justice).
Her research has been published in top multidisciplinary journals, such as Global Environmental Change, Regional Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Management, Land Use Policy, or Ecology and Society.
From 2013 to 2017 Maria contributed as a junior researcher to the EU FP7-funded project “STARFLOOD” (“Strengthening And Redesigning European flood risk practices”). Within the project she carried out her PhD research, in which she compared and explained varieties in flood risk governance between countries and analyzed institutional dynamics of these arrangements.
Previously, Maria has been a visiting research fellow and guest lecturer at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia (2018); a visiting research fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University (2015) and at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (2012).
Maria holds a PhD degree in Management Sciences/ Environmental Politics from Radboud University; and a Master degree (cum laude) in Environmental Sciences and Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management, a double degree program from Radboud University, the Netherlands, and University Duisburg/ Essen, Germany.
- climate change adaptation, governance, justice, qualitative comparative research,
- Political Sciences of the Environment
- 2013 - 2016 STARFLOOD analysed the flood risk governance arrangements in Western and Central European countries. The comparative project comprised six European countries (Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden). The research consisted of several stages: identification of flood risk strategies and their institutional embedding in flood risk governance arrangements (FRGA); analysis of the institutional dynamics within these FRGAs; evaluation of FRGAs in terms of resilience, legitimacy and efficiency. The research comprised three urban case studies. More information
- 2017 - 2021 Land4Flood (COST Action) is an independent research-driven network of academic and practitioners who are interested in the question of how to make private land available for flood risk management. It covers issues such as: - How to get landowners and land users to realize measures for flood retention or resilience? - What are viable upstream-downstream arrangements for flood risk management? - What is the role of public institutions and private stakeholders in flood risk management More information
- 2017 - 2018 Project comparing the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Ireland, Denmark, Germany (Lower Saxony) and Belgium (Flanders). Aim: lesson learning for the Netherlands Contracting authority: PBL
- 2020 - 2022 VET - project on energy vulnerability in the Netherlands. The project analysis citizens' experiences with the energy transition.
- 2021 - 2022 ANGIN - Power to the People, in collaboration with our Indonesian partners this project focuses on developing future research avenues in the context of energy justice in Indonesia
- Academische vaardigheden GPM
- Advanced Research Methods
- Bachelorthesis Geografie, Planologie en Milieu
- Colloquium Doctum (Environment Society Studies)
- Globalising Cities and Hinterlands
- Globalising Worlds
- Master's Thesis in Environment and Society Studies
- Research Methods and preparing Master Thesis
- Voorbereiding bachelorthesis