Attn. Charlotte Ballard

Environmental Governance Group

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 2
3584 CS Utrecht
The Netherlands



August 1, 2018

Future scenarios are increasingly used to support climate change planning under future uncertainty, by governments and multilateral organizations like the UN. Dr. Joost Vervoort, assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, spoke with our colleagues about the RE-IMAGINE project on World Environment Day 2018 at BNP Paribas in London, United Kingdom. The project was made possi...

July 25, 2018

Four cases of participatory foresight exercises show impact is not a given. Here’s how to fix it

The city of Eindhoven is probably more known for its football team than its urban green. But over the past few years, several urban food initiatives have sprung up, enjoying an increasing amount of attention from the local government. ‘Proeftuin040’, a knowledge network established in 2014 to further sustainable urban green space, w...

May 31, 2018

Hebinck, A., J. M. Vervoort, P. Hebinck, L. Rutting, and F. Galli. 2018. Imagining transformative futures: participatory foresight for food systems change. Ecology and Society 23(2):16.


Transformations inherently involve systems change and because of the political nature of change, are subject to contestation. A potentially effective strategy to further transformative c...

January 31, 2018

Vervoort & Gupta's paper "Anticipating climate futures in a 1.5°C era: the link between foresight and governance" has been published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST).

You can download the PDF here.


  • The 1.5 °C target calls for imagining and governing uncertain climate futures.

  • Anticipatory climate governance becomes central, including the role of foresight.

  • We review...

January 10, 2018

Building games together to help imagine and experiment with the many futures of food

How can we ensure food and nutrition security for everyone while making sure our food needs don’t wreck the planet?  This question, one of the biggest challenges of our time, was the key question of the EU-funded TRANSMANGO project. To investigate this question from a European perspective, TRANSMANGO researchers have delved deep into a wide ran...

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