How can society effectively react on changes in flood risks and fresh water availability to protect water and ecosystems and shift towards a sustainable society?
In the Water, Climate and Ecosystems project Anoeska does research on Effective and legitimate reactions of society to changes in flood risk and drinking water availability. Even when reliable information is available, it is far from certain that society will succeed in acting upon that information, even in the presence of moral or legal imperatives to do so. Part of the reason for this lies in the characteristics of decision-making procedures and the legal system. There are rules on how information has to be used in decision-making processes, but these do not promote future-oriented action. Are there ways in which these rules can be improved to ensure that society takes a more proactive approach to adapting to climate change?
On the other hand, specialized scientific information may be plain difficult to comprehend and process for outsiders, especially in democratic decision-making procedures. What does information that is actually used in decision-making processes look like? And how can information on the global water cycle be produced and presented in a way that makes it more likely to be used in decision-making?
Anoeska Buijze is connected as a postdoctoral researcher to the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law and the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe. Her fields of expertise include European and national administrative law, legal principles, and environmental law. In 2013 she obtained her PhD degree with distinction for her dissertation The Principle of Transparency in EU Law. From 2012 to 2014 she worked on the CONTEXT project, which examines how different forms of legislation interact with governance processes and promote – or fail to promote – sustainable outcomes.