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Sandra van der Hel receives Oran R. Young Prize 2015

We congratulate Sandra van der Hel for winning the Oran R. Young Prize for her paper on New Science for Global Sustainability? The Institutionalisation of Knowledge Co-production in Future Earth as the best early-career paper of the 2015 Canberra Conference.

The Oran R. Young Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project seeks to reward and encourage cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars who could become the next generation of leading scholars in the field of environmental governance research – a field shaped and significantly influenced by the pioneering work of Prof. Oran R. Young. Read more about the Prize here.

The Prize Committee received many paper submissions for consideration, most of them of very high academic quality and of strong relevance to earth system governance.

Runner-up to the winning paper is a study on Natural resource industry involvement in collaboration for water governance: influence on processes and outcomes by Marie Claire Brisbois and Rob C. de Loë (Department of Environment and Resource Studies, Water Policy and Governance Group, University of Waterloo, Canada).

Sandra van der Hel is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on scientific institutions, the science-society interface and science for sustainability.

Her prize-winning paper analyses the process through which new modes of knowledge production become institutionalised in an emerging global research organisation. The case study for this research is the new major research programme Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability.


For winning the 2015 Oran R. Young Prize, Sandra van der Hel will receive a presentation plaque and a book-voucher from The MIT Press worth 180 euro.  

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