IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Dr. Vera Vikolainen, Postdoctoral

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Vera Vikolainen was born in 1982 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (cum laude) from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2003 and a Master’s degree in European Studies (cum laude) from the University of Twente in 2005. Her Master’s thesis research focused on the EU regional policy and the possibilities of structural funds for urban development projects in Central and Eastern Europe. This research was combined with an internship at Witteveen+Bos consulting engineers in Deventer, the Netherlands. Between 2006 and 2007 Vera Vikolainen worked as an export account manager at the Dutch subsidiary of MEA Group AG in Zelhem, the Netherlands. In September 2007, she joined CSTM as a research assistant where she worked on several projects in the field of policy implementation and water management. The projects covered the societal benefits of water management, the evaluation of municipal economic policies, the effectiveness of municipal monitoring and enforcement policies, public administration programme curricula and competences development. Apart from carrying out her research tasks, she published research results in English, Dutch and Russian. In September 2008, she started her PhD research entitled ‘Nature at Work. The feasibility of Building with Nature projects in the context of EU Natura 2000 implementation’, which she completed in September 2012. In February 2013 she started her postdoctoral research in the NatureCoast programme (www.naturecoast.nl) funded by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW).

EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH INTERESTS:

 

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EU Environmental policy

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Water management

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Policy implementation

PUBLICATIONS AND SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

 

Vikolainen V. (2012) Nature at Work. The feasibility of Building with Nature projects in the context of EU Natura 2000 implementation. PhD thesis. Enschede: University of Twente.

International peer-reviewed journals

 

Vikolainen V.,  Bressers, J.T.A. and Lulofs, K. (2014) ‘A shift toward Building with Nature in the dredging and port development industries: managerial implications for projects in or near Natura 2000 areas’, Environmental Management, Vol. 54, Nr. 1, pp. 3-13

Vikolainen V., de Bruijn T., Bressers J.T.A. (2013) ‘Improving environmental policy enforcement’, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Vol. 12, Nr. 8, pp. 1637-1643

Vikolainen V.,  Bressers J.T.A. and Lulofs K. (2013) ‘The role of Natura 2000 and project design in implementing flood defence projects in the Scheldt estuary’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 56, Nr. 9, pp.1359-1379

Vikolainen V.,  Bressers J.T.A. and Lulofs K. (2012) ‘Implementing EU Natura 2000 at the project level: lessons from the Veluwe Border lakes in the Netherlands’, Public Administration, Vol. 90, Nr. 4, pp.1016-1031

Vikolainen V., Bressers J.T.A. and Lulofs K. (2011) ‘Management aspects of Building with Nature projects in the context of EU Bird and Habitat Directives’, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Vol. 10, Nr. 11, pp. 1675-1686

Dutch peer-reviewed journals

 

Aukes E., Lulofs K., van Raalte G., Smit M. en Vikolainen V. (2013) ‘Bouwen met Natuur verovert kust, beek en polder’ (in Dutch), Land + Water, Nr. 12 (December 2013), pp. 30-31

Lulofs K., Smit M. en Vikolainen V. (2011) ‘Innovatie op de grens van Land en Water: Bouwen met de Natuur’, Water Governance, Jaargang 1, No. 2, pp. 36-43

Book chapters

 

Vikolainen V.,  Bressers J.T.A. and Lulofs K. (2013) The transfer of Building with Nature approach in the context of EU Natura 2000, in: C. de Boer, J. Vinke-de Kruijf, G. Özerol and J.T.A. Bressers (Eds.) Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer. International Studies on Contextual Water Management, Earthscan – Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-62597-5, pp. 242-262

Project reports

 

Coenen F.H.J.M., Vikolainen V., Andringa W. en Hoppe T. (2011). Evaluatie van het Economisch Beleid van de Gemeente Enschede. Enschede: Universiteit Twente, CSTM Studies en Rapporten, CSTM-SR nr. 365, pp. 1-119.

Bruijn T. de, Bressers J.T.A., Vikolainen V. (2008) Handhaving Leeuwarden. Een onderzoek in opdracht van de Rekenkamer Leeuwarden. Enschede: Universiteit Twente, CSTM Studies en Rapporten, CSTM-SR nr. 338, p.1-49

Vikolainen V., Coenen F., Lulofs K. (2008) Baten van Waterbeheer voor Regionale Innovatie en Regionale Economie. Enschede: Universiteit Twente, CSTM Studies en Rapporten, CSTM-SR nr. 348, p.1-67

Conference papers

 

Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS) Conference Resilient Societies – Governing risk and vulnerability for Energy, Water and Climate Change, 19-21 October 2011, Enschede, the Netherlands. Paper titled ‘Building with Nature experiences in North West Europe in the context of EU Bird and Habitat Directives’, Integrated coastal development: Towards Building with Nature? panel

Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS) International Conference Tentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology, 28-29 October 2010, Enschede, the Netherlands. Paper titled ‘Integrated nature design: lessons from the Veluwe border lakes in the Netherlands’, Limits and Implementation of (Regulatory) Governance panel

3rd Graduate Conference of European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), 30 August - 1 September 2010, Dublin, Ireland. Paper titled ‘Integrated nature design in Natura 2000 areas: the case of Veluwe border lakes in the Netherlands’, National Environmental Politics and Policies panel