Kris P. W. Kok

Kris P. W. Kok
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Athena Institute for Research on Innovation and Communication

MSc in Physics and Public Policy

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Introduction
As a physicist and political scientist I now work at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, where I do research on the governance and transitional dynamics of societal systems. I work on the FIT4FOOD2030 project, that aims to support the European Commission FOOD2030 policy framework on transforming Research and Innovation (R&I) systems for future-proofing food systems in the EU. Current research topics include the role of political power in the governance of complex networks, science-politics interface as well as transition studies in the areas of food and the wider bio-economy.

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Current research and innovation (R&I) systems are not equipped to fully serve as catalysts for the urgently needed transformation of food systems. Though research on food systems transformation (first order: ‘what?’) and transformative research (second order: ‘how to’) are rapidly gaining traction in academic and policy environments, current effort...
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This paper seeks to bridge the gap between socio-material and complex adaptive systems approaches in conceptualizing the politics of transformation. Our contribution in particular is a further clarification of the relational nature of power, and the role of non-humans in transitional dynamics of complex adaptive systems. We explore and operationali...
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Transdisciplinary research and innovation (R&I) efforts have emerged as a means to address challenges to sustainable transformation. One of the main elements of transdisciplinary efforts is the ‘inclusion’ of different stakeholders, values and perspectives in participatory R&I processes. In practice, however, ‘doing inclusion’ raises a number of ch...
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In this paper, we explore the relation between democracy and justice in governing agri-food transitions. We argue that a deeper understanding of democracy is needed to foster just transitions. First, we present a multi-dimensional understanding of justice in transitions and relate it to scholarship on democratizing transitions. Then, we argue that...
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Transition experiments are important instruments to foster sustainability transitions. Transition scholars increasingly suggest investigating how multiple local experiments can become connected across spatial scales, and how transformative dynamics of multiple connected experiments can be facilitated and governed. In this paper we analyze the diffe...
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Dominant agricultural and food systems lead to continuous resource depletion and unacceptable environmental and social impacts. While current calls for changing agrifood systems are increasingly framed in the context of sustainability transitions, they rarely make an explicit link to transition studies to address these systemic challenges, nor do t...
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Food systems are not fit for purpose, transgressing planetary boundaries, causing unhealthy consumption patterns and are rife with inequality. Research and Innovation (R&I) are central to tackling these food systems challenges, yet R&I systems are equally not fit for purpose, often lacking systemic and participatory approaches to food systems trans...
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This final policy brief of the European Union (EU) Think Tank – part of the FIT4FOOD2030 Coordination and Support Action (CSA) of the FOOD 2030 initiative – aims to highlight key principles for commissioning impactful, inter- and transdisciplinary Research and Innovation (R&I) in support of the FOOD 2030 agenda.
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Background Food systems are associated with severe and persistent problems worldwide. Governance approaches aiming to foster sustainable transformation of food systems face several challenges due to the complex nature of food systems. Scope and approach In this commentary we argue that addressing these governance challenges requires the developmen...
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The EU Think Tank (as part of the FIT4FOOD2030 Coordination and Support Action) strongly supports the development of the Farm to Fork Strategy as a key component of the European Green Deal, recognising the need to transform the food system as a whole. This policy brief calls for innovative approaches to the Farm to Fork Strategy to provide practica...
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Recent two-dimensional computer simulations and experiments indicate that even supercooled liquids exhibit long-lived, long-range strain correlations expected only in solids. Here we investigate this issue in three dimensions via Newtonian molecular-dynamics simulations, by a generalized hydrodynamics approach, and by experiments on Brownian hard-s...
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We present a quantitative study of strain correlations in quiescent supercooled liquids and glasses. Recent two-dimensional computer simulations and experiments indicate that even supercooled liquids exhibit long-lived, long-range strain correlations. Here we investigate this issue in three dimensions via experiments on hard sphere colloids and mol...

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The overall aim of FIT4FOOD2030 is to support the European Commission (EC) with the development and implementation of the FOOD 2030 research & innovation policy framework, to future-proof the European food systems. The main objective towards that is to create a multi-stakeholder platform – the FOOD 2030 Platform. The FOOD 2030 Platform, connecting stakeholders in the European food system at multiple levels (cities/regions, countries, and Europe), will make Research & Innovation (R&I) policies on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) more coherent, build competences of current and future researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and society at large, and raise awareness of FOOD 2030.
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FIT4FOOD2030 supports the development and implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 policy framework – to find solutions to the challenges facing our food systems, such as obesity, malnutrition, hunger, climate change, scarce resources, and waste through research and innovation.