The research of the group concentrates on
governance issues for a wide range of topics related to sustainable
development. A first research theme is “sustainable
energy transition”. The group provides the social science component of the
related UT Route 14 theme and focuses on biobased economy and smart energy
systems. A large new FP7 project COMPLEX studies modeling issues in climate
mitigation. The extensive work on “water
governance” studies the qualities of the governance context in various
Dutch, European and global cases of water management and developed its Contextual
Interaction Theory into a methodology of analysis. Within the Topsector Water
business case Building with Nature also the governance studies are contributed.
The group manages the IGS supported Twente Water Centre, representing the whole
of the UT water research. The same holds for the global research network “Greening of Industry”. Continuous
attention is paid to “bottom up
sustainability initiatives”, that can relate to energy and water, but also
often have a broader sustainability outlook including economic and social
Two key publications:
Hoppe, T., J.Th. A.
Bressers, and K.R.D. Lulofs. (2011). Local government influence on energy
conservation ambitions in existing housing sites - plucking the low-hanging
Fruit. Energy Policy, Vol. 39, pp. 916-925.
Hans Bressers and
Cheryl de Boer (2013), Contextual Interaction Theory for Assessing Water
Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer, in: Cheryl De Boer, Joanne Vinke-de
Kruijf, Gül Özerol, Hans Th. A. Bressers (Eds.) (2013) Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer: International Studies
on Contextual Water Management. Oxford UK, New York USA: Earthscan –
Routledge, pp. 36-54.