Simon Verduijn’s PhD study focuses on the relationship between change agents (or policy entrepreneurs) and policy change over a few decades, and the strategies these change agents employ within the constraining and enabling institutional context of the IJsselmeer area.
The field of interest is interdisciplinary in nature and the research is positioned on the interface of water management, environmental studies, spatial planning, public administration and policy sciences.
The IJsselmeer area is an exemplary case since it always has been a nursery for newly emerging discourses (in water management and spatial planning for instance), and a playing garden for all kind of actors advocating various plans. This results in a complex and dynamic area where all kind of actors employ strategies to have their plans implemented. Currently we see plans for new corner lakes, for the raising of the water level of the IJsselmeer, for the building of houses on water, and plans to renovate the Afsluitdijk. These plans are relevant to understanding the changing relationship between spatial planning and water management.
With his research Simon Verduijn wants to learn more about the agents who develop these plans regarding the IJsselmeer area, how the proponents of these plans employ strategies to get their policy plans on the agenda and how this influences policy change.