IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Dr. Frans H.J.M. Coenen

Dr. Frans H.J.M. Coenen




Managing Director


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RA 1252

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Frans H.J.M. Coenen (1960) holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Environ­mental Policy Planning. He is currently department head of CSTM (the Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development at the University of Twente, within the faculty of Management and Governance) which he joined in 1987. He specialized in (regional) environmental policy planning and in public participation in sustainable development.

His research focuses on local and regional sustainable development. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journal ‘Local Environment’ and publishes (comparative) work on regional and local sustainable policies in the Netherlands, including LA21. He was involved in the EU FP5 project PLUS: Participation, Leadership and Urban Sustainability and the FP6 project GFORS (Governance for Sustainability).

He takes a special interest in participation in sustainable development and in the quality of environmental decision making. He (co-)edited two books on this theme and is preparing an edited volume on ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment and Knowledge Production’.

Furthermore he has a particular interest in adaptation problems to local climate change and demographic change.

He has been studying the phenomenon of “brain drain” in the context of regional sustainable development. He did comparative work in a number of projects, in particular the INTERREG III-b NWE project “Human capital in peripheral regi­ons, Brain drain and brain gain” where CSTM was the lead partner and he was project leader. Furthermore, he is leading a pilot on the labour market for higher educated in the Interreg IVc- project DC NOISE: Demographic Change: New Opportunities in Shrinking Europe. He is also involved in the Interreg IVc- project Brain Flow.

He is the chairman of BrainGain, a private foundation, originating from the Twente Region of the Netherlands, with the goal to study and put on the political agenda the relationship between sustainable regional development and the availability of human talent.

In the field of climate change adaptation he has a particular interest in institutional capacity for local climate policies, particular climate adaptation and water. Examples include a project on the playing field for local climate policies with ECN for the National Climate Research Program (Nationaal Onderzoek Programma Mondiale Luchtverontreiniging en Klimaat-verandering (NOP-MLK)) and, the NWO-VAM (Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation)-program project ‘Analysing local climate vulnerability and local adaptation strategies’. At this moment he is involved in "Civil protection and climate vulnerability" (CIVILCLIM) a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and in a subproject of INTERREG IVb financed, WAVE on ‘Local climate preparedness in municipalities’.



Calvaresi, Claudio and Frans H.J.M Coenen (eds), Strategic Environmental Assessment and Knowledge Production: Strategy Making, Governance and Processes of Collective Learning in Environmental Policy, Springer, Dordrecht, 2011 (forthcoming)

Berg, Maya van den, William M. Lafferty and Frans J.H.M. Coenen (2010). Adaptation to climate change induced flooding in Dutch municipalities, in: Pim Martens and Chiung Ting Chang (eds), The Social and Behavioural Aspects of Climate Change, Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation, Greenleaf

Coenen, F.H.J.M. and T. Hoppe (2010). Globale uitdagingen op lokaal niveau, Bestuurswetenschappen (3), pp. 77-92.

Coenen, F.H.J.M. and D.J. Fikkers(2010). Human Capital in European Peripheral Regions: Brain Drain and Brain Gain, in: Harald Pechlaner, Monika Bachinger (eds) Lebensqualität und Standortattraktivität Kultur, Mobilität und Regionale Marken als Erfolgfaktoren. Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Coenen, F.H.J.M. (ed.) (2009). Public Participation and Better Environmental Decisions, The Promise and Limits of Participatory Processes for the Quality of Environmentally Related Decision-making. New York: Springer.

Coenen, Frans (2008).The Local Level: New Interpretations of Governance for Sustainable Development in the Netherlands. In: Susan Baker and Katarina Eckerberg (eds) New Governance Practices at the Sub-national Level in Europe, Routlegde, pp. 190-207.

Coenen, F.H.J.M., K.R.D. Lulofs (2007). La plannification integree de l’eau dans les aires urbaines Neerlandaises: l’effectivite et l’efficacite des plans et des autres instruments d’integration. URBIA - Les Cahiers du développement urbain durable, december 2007, No. 6, pp. 89-114. Editeur Universite de Lausane (Lausanne University Press).

Coenen, Frans (2007). Regional Sustainable Production and Consumption Policies: Challenges and Opportunities. International Journal of Environmental Consumerism, vol. 3, no 5-6, pp. 36-47.

Lulofs, K.R.D. and F.H.J.M. Coenen (2007). Cross Border co-operation on water quality in the Vecht river basin, in: J. Verwijmeren and Mark Wiering (eds), Many Rivers to Cross, Cross Border Co-operation in river management, Eburon Delft, pp. 71-93.

Coenen, Frans, Pieter-Jan Klok and Bas Denters (2006). Institutional Conditions for Complementarities between Urban Leadership and Community Involvement, in: Panagiotis Getimis, Hubert Heinelt, and David Sweeting (eds) Legitimacy and Urban Governance, A cross-national comparative study, London and New York: Routlegde, isbn 0 415 37659-9, pp.265-285 (306)

Coenen, Frans, Pieter-Jan Klok and Bas Denters (2006). Between vision and consensus: urban leadership and community involvement in the Dutch cases, in: Panagiotis Getimis, Hubert Heinelt, and David Sweeting (eds) Legitimacy and Urban Governance, A cross-national comparative study, London and New York: Routlegde, isbn 0 415 37659-9, pp.161-172 (306)