Category: academic

PhD position Knowledge Infrastructures for Climate Adaptation

In the framework of unprecedented global environmental change, it is key to map and increase environmental resilience. In this project, we aim to acquire insights into ongoing environmental changes in delta areas and build sustainable knowledge infrastructures that can elucidate ongoing changes. Campus Fryslân… Continue Reading “PhD position Knowledge Infrastructures for Climate Adaptation”

New forms of recognition and reward

Today marks the first day of the WTMC workshop Open. It follows on the heels of one of the biggest academic policy announcement of the last decade. The VSNU, NFU, KNAW, NWO and ZonMW jointly published a statement on recognition and rewards. It is… Continue Reading “New forms of recognition and reward”

Seeking new colleague!

Employment Opportunity: Assistant Professor Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (0.8 FTE) University Campus Fryslan (UCF) invites applications for a motivated colleague at the level of Assistant Professor Sustainability & Environmental Sciences. You are expected to contribute to the development of the educational and research domain… Continue Reading “Seeking new colleague!”

The why of interdisciplinarity

In the academic year 2017-18, I had the pleasure of being visiting fellow at the Pufendorf Institute at the University of Lund, in the DATA theme. Interdisciplinarity was a recurring topic in the exchanges with members of the theme group and the other visiting… Continue Reading “The why of interdisciplinarity”

Energy Transition in the wild: an Excursion to Seestadt

Anna Pillinger, Stefan Lasser, Harrie Mort, Tzu-Min Chang (photo), Anne Beaulieu and participants of the course “Energy and Big Data: Transition and the informational turn in Energy.”  University of Vienna, Summer Term, 2018. On a crisp Friday morning the students of the seminar class… Continue Reading “Energy Transition in the wild: an Excursion to Seestadt”

In memoriam Abby Lippman

On Friday 27 April, a memorial was held at Concordia University to honour the life and work of Abby Lippman. While I couldn’t attend, I did wear trainers on Friday, with a nod to what was her footwear staple, decades before this became fashionable.… Continue Reading “In memoriam Abby Lippman”

A new project with CWTS

In April, I will start a new project at the CWTS, the centre for science and technology studies at Leiden University. It will focus on increasing the impact of the work of the centre and the project will run for the rest of 2018.… Continue Reading “A new project with CWTS”

Tact

Trump, Brexit, the earthquakes in Groningen, interdisciplinarity in energy research, the poor showing of the Netherlands in the energy transition–this collection of glocal issues has recently spurred me to think and write about our systems of knowledge and how they come to matter. One… Continue Reading “Tact”

Post-truth and other truths

In the aftermath of the American elections, discussions about knowledge and truth have been framed by concepts of post-truth and alternative facts. Even among those of us who consider themselves experts in the processes of truth-making and knowledge creation, this framing has stirred things… Continue Reading “Post-truth and other truths”

Big Data and Energy: crucial intersection

Data seems to be everywhere in contemporary society, including energy.  Precisely because of this ubiquity, it is important to consider how data is created and used, and how it circulates, so that we can understand the implications for the energy transition, whether in the… Continue Reading “Big Data and Energy: crucial intersection”