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, focussing on worldviews.
I did a Masters in environmental studies (Cum Laude) at Radboud University Nijmegen, a Doctoral dissertation at VU University Amsterdam, and a Post-doctoral research project at Delft University of Technology. My doctoral dissertation on ‘Worldviews and the transformation to sustainable societies’ (VU University Amsterdam, 2013) can be downloaded here.
My interdisciplinary research resulted in over a dozen academic publications (see below) 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 worldview-test, which are being applied in different settings across the globe, from research (see below) to education. Through this worldview-test we’re building an ever-expanding global data-base on worldviews.
This worldview-test also laid the foundation for Worldview Journeys, a new organization that uses the worldview-test (amongst others) as educational instrument, aiming to support reflection, interaction, and transformation, across a range of contexts ~ from (higher) education and organizations, to systemic change-processes and societal innovation.
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.
Below is a list of my academic articles. Most of them you can download at ResearchGate.
Global use of the worldview-test and model
The worldview-test and model are, among others, being used for research into: