Diana Giebels (1980) is a PhD student at the Department of Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
She studied Political Science (cum laude) at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her master thesis explored the impact of EU, national and regional policy on Corporate Social Responsibility practices in the food sector of Germany, The Netherlands and Great Britain. In January 2011 she started her PhD project aiming to explore and evaluate the relation between science and policy in the Wadden Sea in an international perspective. She conducts this project together with Prof. Dr. Jurian Edelenbos (promotor) and Dr. Arwin van Buuren (daily supervisor).
Areas of interests:
Complex systems analysis
In the Wadden Sea region many actors are engaged in the search for a sustainable balance between socio-economical development on the one hand and the restoration as well as maintenance of the Wadden Sea ecosystem and its subsystems on the other hand. Ecosystem-based management has been developed and implemented as a holistic and evidence-based management paradigm in principal being capable and better suited to achieve sustainable balances. Ecosystem-based management is, among other elements, characterized by decision-making based on knowledge about the object under decision. As ecosystem-based management approaches however typically emerge in a context characterized by many different actors, institutions and/or countries, it consequently has to deal with diverging and sometimes conflicting ways of knowing. However not much empirical studies have systematically explored and evaluated the role of knowledge in successful ecosystem-based management approaches in general and in the Wadden Sea region in particular.
Aim of our research project therefore is to find out to which extent ecosystem-based management approaches are applied in the Wadden Sea region and whether and how knowledge contributes to these approaches, as well as how the interface between knowledge and policy could be improved. To achieve that aim we will conduct three in depth case studies on the role and impact of knowledge and the way it was organized in selected decision-making processes that have successfully evolved as an ecosystem-based management approach. For the exploration and evaluation of these decision-making processes we have developed a framework based on the principles of ecosystem-based management, which we use as a normative framework. As relevant cases we have selected a Danish river restoration project (the Houting project), a Dutch harbour development project (the Mainport Rotterdam project) and an international case of ecosystem-based management represented by the seal management efforts of the Trilateral Cooperation. With the systematic analysis and evaluation of these cases we hope to enlarge our theoretical as well as practical knowledge on how to provide an effective role of knowledge in ecosystem-based management approaches.
This research is part of the National Sea and Coastal Research Program (ZKO) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). For further information please consult http://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/90/2300164990.html