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Research interests

My research explores the potentials and limitations of environmental policy and planning in the perspective of adaptive governance and sustainability. It focuses on innovation and evolution in governance, paying attention to the dynamics of policy implementation and integration, multi-level governance, stakeholder involvement, and the performance of institutional structures. The research covers various policy domains including nature conservation, spatial planning, and tourism development and has been carried out in a different countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States, Romania and Georgia.


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Adaptive Governance
  • Evolutionary Governance Theory
  • Institutional change
  • Spatial planning
  • Land use planning
  • nature conservation
  • Natura 2000
  • natural resource management
  • participation
  • power

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Research Output 2014 2019

Analysing institutional change in environmental governance: exploring the concept of 'institutional work'

Beunen, R. & Patterson, J. J., 2 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62, 1, p. 12-29 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A new role for citizens’ initiatives: the difficulties in co-creating institutional change in urban planning

Bisschops, S. & Beunen, R., 2 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62, 1, p. 72-87 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Urban planning
institutional change
urban planning
brownfield site

Herijken van de discussie over stikstof: Opinie

Beunen, R., Nov 2019, In : Bionieuws. 2019, 19 - 30 November, p. 13 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Institutional work in environmental governance

Patterson, J. J. & Beunen, R., 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 62, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Research methods as bridging devices: path and context mapping in governance

Van Assche, K., Beunen, R., Gruezmacher, M., Duineveld, M., Deacon, L., Summers, R., Hallstrom, L. & Jones, K., 19 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Organizational Change Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Research methods
Decision making
Governance theory

Activities 2014 2019

Position paper Spoedwet aanpak stikstof

Raoul Beunen (Consultant / Advisor)
2 Dec 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy / AdvicePopular


Between rhetoric and reality: the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives in the Netherlands

Raoul Beunen (Speaker)
6 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkAcademic

Laveren in het landschap van mooi woorden. Strategieën voor het beschermen van natuur en landschap

Raoul Beunen (Speaker)
13 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Stikstof hoe zit dat nu eigenlijk?

Raoul Beunen (Speaker)
8 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Workshop 1 Imaginaries of the Future City

Marjolein van Herten (Organiser), Paquita Perez Salgado (Participant / Attendee), Lilian Lechner (Participant / Attendee), Jilt Jorritsma (Participant / Attendee), Marieke Winkler (Organiser), Brigitte Adriaensen (Participant / Attendee), Raoul Beunen (Participant / Attendee), Stefan Dekker (Participant / Attendee), Dave Huitema (Participant / Attendee), Andries Hof (Participant / Attendee)
29 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in OR organising an eventAcademic

Press / Media


Raoul Beunen


1 Media contribution


De noodzaak van een natuurgolfbaan op Terschelling

Raoul Beunen


1 Media contribution


allowing urban development near protected areas

Raoul Beunen


1 Media contribution