Karlijn Muiderman is a researcher on the BNP Paribas project Re-imaging anticipatory climate futures at the Utrecht University Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and the Wageningen University and Research Environmental Policy Group. This project seeks to understand and improve the role of foresight in anticipatory climate governance and to enhance the capacity of foresight to help re-imagine pluralistic and governance-literate climate futures. In addition to this, Karlijn is doing her PhD at Utrecht University, focussing on a critical social science perspective on anticipatory climate and migration governance to improve adaptive responses in vulnerable countries.
Before joining UU, Karlijn worked as a knowledge broker for The Broker and for the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The F&BKP is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support evidence-based decision-making. For the F&BKP, Karlijn coordinated interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder decision-making processes in which knowledge institutes, the private sector, civil society and governments work together. Her thematic focus was on more inclusive and sustainable food security policies in vulnerable areas that anticipate climate, migration and conflict challenges. Karlijn holds an MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, carrying out her thesis research on urban resilience to climate change in low coastal elevation zone Trinidad. She also holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Wales for which she received a VSB scholarship, where she investigated moral engagement amongst journalists and passed with distinction.
During her studies, Karlijn worked as a policy member on international cooperation at the Dutch House of Representatives and was a member of the Third Chamber on development cooperation. Recently, she was a member of the Dutch Labour Party research centre’s Migration Think Tank. Throughout her career she has worked closely with various stakeholders on climate change and migration governance and attained solid insight in its political challenges at different levels of governance.