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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 2017 2019

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

The Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives: A discourse analysis of stakeholders' perspectives

Ferranti, F., Beunen, R., Vericat, P. & Geitzenauer, M., Feb 2019, In : Journal for Nature Conservation. 47, p. 103-109 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Co-evolutionary planning theory: Evolutionary Governance Theory and its relatives

Van Assche, K., Beunen, R. & Duineveld, M., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory. Gunder, M., Madanipour, A. & Watson, V. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 221-233

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

planning theory
evolutionary theory
planning system
spatial planning

Entrepreneurship in climate governance at the local and regional levels: concepts, methods, patterns, and effects

Huitema, D., Boasson, E. L. & Beunen, R., Jun 2018, In : Regional Environmental Change. 18, 5, p. 1247-1257 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Exploring the valuation of compulsory purchase compensation

Holtslag-Broekhof, S., Beunen, R., Van Marwijk, R. & Wiskerke, J. S. C., 2018, In : Journal of European Real Estate Research. 11, 2, p. 187-201 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2015 2018

Helpen beheerplannen bij de bescherming van natuur?

Raoul Beunen (Speaker)
26 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkAcademic

Training beleidsevaluaties

Raoul Beunen (Consultant / Advisor)
18 Sep 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy / AdvicePopular

Evolutionary Governance Theory as a tool for finding a middle ground

Raoul Beunen (Speaker)
19 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkAcademic

Power/knowledge in the post-truth society

Raoul Beunen (Organiser)
3 Apr 2018

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

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (Journal)

James J. Patterson (Editor), Raoul Beunen (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work bookAcademic

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