Arjan Wardekker is an environmental scientist, with a background in both natural and social sciences. His work focuses on dealing with uncertain risks, with a main research line on ‘Resilience & climate change adaptation under uncertainty’.

Particular topics of interest include: urban and regional resilience; climate adaptation (e.g. strategies, options); climate change impacts & adaptation in urban areas; and perception, framing & communication. Recent studies deal with, for instance, flexible/adaptable approaches to adaptation, and the suitability of top-down versus bottom-up strategies. His work takes an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to study impacts, (physical and societal) uncertainties, desirable or undesirable futures, and potential solutions and governance approaches. Secondary interests include: environment & health, new technologies, emerging risks, and foresight studies.

Arjan is currently based at Utrecht University, where he works as a senior researcher at the Environmental Sciences and Environmental Governance groups. Since 2005, he’s held a colorful mix of positions in the science-policy interface: at universities, knowledge institutes, and national government.

Selected Publications

Full list of publications: https://sites.google.com/site/arjanwardekker/publications

PhD thesis

Wardekker, J.A. (2011). “Climate change impact assessment and adaptation under uncertainty”. PhD thesis. Promotores: Wim Turkenburg, Arthur Petersen, Jeroen van der Sluijs. Utrecht University, Utrecht.

Scientific articles

Wardekker, J.A., A. de Jong, L. van Bree, W.C. Turkenburg, J.P. van der Sluijs (2012). “Health risks of climate change: An assessment of uncertainties and its implications for adaptation policies”. Environmental Health, 11, art. no. 67.

Runhaar, H., H. Mees, A. Wardekker, J. van der Sluijs, P. Driessen (2012). “Adaptation to climate change-related risks in Dutch urban areas: Stimuli and barriers”. Regional Environmental Change, 12 (4), pp. 777-790.

De Boer, J., J.A. Wardekker, J.P. van der Sluijs (2010), “Frame-based guide to situated decision-making on climate change”. Global Environmental Change, 20 (3), pp. 502-510.

Wardekker, J.A., A. de Jong, J.M. Knoop, J.P. van der Sluijs (2010). “Operationalising a resilience approach to adapting an urban delta to uncertain climate changes”. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 77 (6), pp. 987-998.

Wardekker, J.A., J.P. van der Sluijs, P.H.M. Janssen, P. Kloprogge, A.C. Petersen (2008). “Uncertainty communication in environmental assessments: Views from the Dutch science-policy interface”. Environmental Science & Policy, 11 (7), pp. 627-641.

Arjan Wardekker, Copernicus Institute, P.O. Box 80115, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands
E-mail: J.A.Wardekker1[at]uu.nl
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/arjanwardekker