Research into worldviews and sustainability
In my quest to understand the deeper causes of our environmental issues and explore new pathways forward, I extensively researched the sociological, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of sustainability.
I did a Masters in environmental studies (Cum Laude) at Radboud University Nijmegen, a Doctoral dissertation at VU University Amsterdam, and Post-doctoral research projects at Delft University of Technology. Currently, I’m an adjunct assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable development, at Utrecht University.
My doctoral dissertation on ‘Worldviews and the transformation to sustainable societies’ (VU University Amsterdam, 2013) can be downloaded here.
I specialized in the different, co-existing worldviews in the West, and their relationships with environmental behaviors and lifestyles, political opinions and priorities. I’m also fascinated by how worldviews are currently changing, including shifting attitudes towards nature, the mainstreaming of contemporary spirituality, and the emergence of integrative worldviews. Beyond my academic work, I have written about these themes in the popular press, including a book and numerous articles.
My interdisciplinary research resulted in over a dozen academic publications in high quality journals, spanning fields as diverse as economics, psychology, policy, religion, ethics, food, sustainability, and public understanding of science.
My research also resulted in a new worldview-model and test, which are being applied in different settings all over the world, from research and education to organizational change and transformation.
Increasingly, I’m using my insights into worldviews as a tool for transformation and reflection, which can be used in companies and organizations, as well as for systemic change-processes and societal innovation.