Anna Wesselink

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Dr. Anna Wesselink was educated at Wageningen University in Tropical Land and Water Management. She gained extensive experience as hydrologist in UK and Africa. In her subsequent PhD thesis she analysed the roles of water expertise in water resources management. Since her PhD she continued to research processes of scientific knowledge production, policy formulation and implementation in several research posts. She employs a critical, comparative interpretative policy analytical lens, focussing on the work done by those involved e.g. through the mobilisation of discourses and expertise. Key words: research impact, interdisciplinarity, policy practice.

At IHE Delft Anna is member of the Water Governance chair group in the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, where she is senior researcher and project coordinator of the project Hydro-social Deltas: Understanding flows of water and people in Bangladesh and the Netherlands (funded by NWO/WOTRO Urbanizing Deltas) (September 2014- September 2018). This project aims to understand how flood risks and socio-economic decisions mutually affect each other, resulting e.g. in migration/urbanisation. We compare such hydro-social processes in Bangladesh and the Netherlands, challenging received wisdom on climate migration and anti-poor urban planning practices

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Journal publications

Katomero J, Wesselink A, Hoppe R (2017) Tales of accountability: a Q-Method study of discourses amongst Tanzanian members of parliament. The Journal of Modern African Studies 55(3) 423-453

Wesselink A, Kooij M, Warner J (2017) Socio-hydrology and hydrosocial analysis: towards dialogues across disciplines. WIREs Water 4(2)

Wesselink A, Warner J, Abu Syed S, Chan F, Duc Tran D, Huq H, Huthoff F, Le Thuy N, Pinter N, Van Staveren M, Wester P, Zegwaard A (2015) Trends in flood risk management in deltas around the world: are we going ‘soft’? International Journal of Water Governance 3(4) 25-46

Wesselink A, Hoppe R, Lemmens R (2015) Not just a tool: taking politics into account in the development of a mobile App for rural water supply in Tanzania. Water Alternatives 8(2): 57-76

Wesselink A, Colebatch H, Pearce W (2014) Evidence-based policy making: discourses, meanings and practices. Policy Sciences 47(4) 339-344 Special Issue guest-editor introduction

Wesselink, A, Gouldson A (2014) Pathways to impact in local government: the mini-Stern study as evidence in local climate change policy in the Leeds City Region. Policy Sciences 47(4) 403-424

Wesselink A, Challinor A et al. (2014) Equipped to deal with uncertainty in climate change science for policy. Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1213-1

Hoppe R, Wesselink A (2014) Comparing the role of boundary organizations in the governance of climate change in three EU member states. Environmental Science and Policy 44 73-85

Pearce W, Wesselink A, Colebatch H (2014) Evidence and meaning in policy making. Evidence & Policy 10(2) 161-65 Special Issue guest-editor introduction

Hoppe R, Wesselink A, Cairns R (2013) Lost in the problem: the role of boundary organisations in the governance of climate change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change 4(4) 283-300

Wesselink A, Warner J, Kok M (2013) You gain some funding, you lose some freedom: the ironies of flood protection in Limburg (The Netherlands). Environmental Science and Policy 30(1) 113-124

Wesselink A, Buchanan K, Georgiadou Y, Turnhout E (2013) Technical knowledge, discursive spaces and politics at the science-policy interface. Environmental Science and Policy 30(1) 1-9 Special Issue guest-editor introduction

Wesselink A, Paavola J, Fritsch O and Renn O (2011) Rationales for public participation in environmental policy and governance: practitioners' perspectives. Environment and Planning A 43(11) 2688-2704

Wesselink A, Hoppe R (2011) If post-normal science is the solution, what is the problem? The politics of activist science. Science, Technology and Human Values 36(3) 389-412

Wesselink A, Warner J (2010) Reframing floods: proposals and politics. Nature & Culture  5(1) 1-14 Special Issue guest-editor introduction

Wesselink A, de Vriend H J, Barneveld H J, Krol M S and Bijker W E (2009) Hydrology and Hydraulics Expertise in Participatory Processes for Climate Change Adaptation in the Dutch Meuse. Water Science and Technology 60 (3) 583-595

Wesselink A (2009) The emergence of interdisciplinary knowledge in problem focused research. Area 41(4) 404-413

Wesselink A (2007) Flood safety in the Netherlands: the Dutch political response to Hurricane Katrina. Technology in Society 29 (2) 239-247

Wesselink A, Bijker W E, de Vriend H J and Krol M S (2007)  Dutch dealings with the Delta. Nature & Culture 2 (2) 188-209

Wesselink A, Reuber J and Krol M S (2006) Anticipating climate change: knowledge use in participatory flood management in the river Meuse. European Water 15/16 4-13 European Water Resources Association

Gustard A, Wesselink A (1993) Impact of Land use Change on Water Resources -Balquhidder catchments. Journal of Hydrology 145(3-4)  389-401.

Book chapters

  • Roald, L, Wesselink A J, Arnell N W, Dixon J M, Rees G, Andrews A J (1993) European Water Archive. Chapter 2 in Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND), Volume I: Hydrological Studies. Ed. A Gustard. Institute of Hydrology, United Kingdom.

Conference papers (selected)

  • De Vriend H J, Wesselink A (2009) Building with Nature: ecodynamic design in practice 2nd German Environmental Sociology Summit Reshaping Nature: Old Limits and New Possibilities. Leipzig 6-7 November 2009 Keynote paper


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