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Maria Kaufmann, PhD, is a researcher at the Department of Geography, Planning and the Environment at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Maria’s research experience focuses on examining environment-society interactions in the context of climate change adaptation, particularly in the field of water resource management and flood risk management. In the last years, she advanced two main research lines: analysing institutional dynamics (i.e. stability and change) and evaluating governance arrangements, e.g. distributional and procedural justice.

Previously, Maria has been a visiting research fellow and guest lecturer at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia (2018); 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 – specialised in 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.

Recent publication include:

Kaufmann, M., Wiering, M. (2017) Discursive junctions in flood risk governance – a comparative understanding in six European countries. Journal of Environmental Management, 196, 376–386. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.03.012

Kaufmann, M. (2017) Limits to change – institutional dynamics of Dutch flood risk governance. Journal of Flood Risk Management. DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12307

Wiering, M., Kaufmann, M., Mees, H., Schellenberger, T., Ganzevoort, W., Hegger, D.L.T., Larrue, C., and Matczak, P., 2017. Varieties of flood risk governance in Europe: How do countries respond to driving forces and what explains institutional change? Global Environmental Change, 44, 15–26. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.02.006

Kaufmann, M., Mees, H., Liefferink, D., Crabbé, A. (2016) A game of give and take: The introduction of multi-layer (water) safety in the Netherlands and Flanders. Land Use Policy, 11 (57). DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.033

Kaufmann, M., J. Lewandowski, A. Choryński, Wiering, M. (2016) Shock events and flood risk management: a media analysis of the institutional long-term effects of flood events in the Netherlands and Poland. Ecology and Society, 21 (4). DOI: 10.5751/ES-08764-210451

Kaufmann, M., Priest, S., Leroy, P. (2018) The undebated issue of justice – Silent discourses in Dutch flood risk management. Regional Environmental Change.  DOI: 10.1007/s10113-016-1086-0

Mees, H., Crabbé, A., Alexander, M., Kaufmann, M., Bruzzone, S., Lévy, L., Lewandowski, J. (2016) Coproducing flood risk management through citizen involvement: insights from cross-country comparison in Europe. Ecology and Society 21(3). DOI:10.5751/ES-08500-210307


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