Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Public Administration and Policy Group

MSc, PhD

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Introduction
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen is Assistant Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In her research she seeks to understand the key determinants of what makes global public governance processes exert influence and build legitimacy where issues such as transparency, participation, accountability and equity are important. She has published in the domains of global energy, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development governance. She is a member of the IPBES Expert Group on Scenarios and Modelling, a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project and serves on the board of the One World Trust and the International Environment Forum.
Additional affiliations
April 2014 - present
University of Helsinki
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2011 - present
Wageningen University & Research
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  • Professor
September 2009 - June 2011
Leiden University
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  • Visiting Fellow

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Publications (75)
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This paper addresses the role performance information plays in the accountability regimes of international climate change financing institutions and how this can be improved. It has been argued that the quality of the performance information of projects financed by public and private sources, as well as how that information is used, influences deci...
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This presentation summarizes the findings of a project that investigated how the different actors involved in the Milieudefensie vs. Royal Dutch Shell court case used climate science to make their arguments. It explains how this case can be understood as a form of 'anticipatory climate litigation', and how science plays a different role here than i...
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The structural elements of global environmental governance are notoriously difficult to change and align with the needs of a rapidly deteriorating earth system. This, however, only increases the need to focus on the role of agency in this context. This paper does so by taking stock of what we know about agency in relation to International Environme...
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Achieving global sustainability goals requires most people and societies to fundamentally revisit their relationship with nature. New approaches are called for to guide change processes towards sustainable futures that embrace the plurality of people's desired relationships with nature. This paper presents a novel approach to exploring desirable fu...
Technical Report
What does it mean to be an inclusive, diverse, decolonized and intersectional university research centre specialized in sustainability governance? What are the biases that we have when researching and teaching about sustainability governance? How do we create safe spaces to reflect on these biases and experiences of discrimination at the Wageningen...
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Achieving global sustainability goals requires most people and societies to fundamentally alter their relationship with nature. New approaches are called for to guide change processes towards sustainable futures that embrace the plurality of people’s perspectives on nature. This paper presents a novel approach to exploring desirable futures for nat...
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The Nature Futures Framework (NFF) is a heuristic tool for co-creating positive futures for nature and people. It seeks to open up a diversity of futures through mainly three value perspectives on nature – Nature for Nature, Nature for Society, Nature as Culture. In this paper, we describe how the NFF can be applied in modelling to support policy....
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The meaningful engagement of community-based actors in climate change adaptation planning is crucial for effective plans, but achieving it is an ongoing challenge, even with participatory methods. In this paper we explore very different approach, using shared-values crystallization as a pre-process to standard vulnerability risk assessments (VRAs),...
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Securing accountability of states for their climate actions is a continuing challenge within multilateral climate politics. This article analyses how novel, face-to-face, account-giving processes for developing countries, referred to as ‘Facilitative Sharing of Views’, are functioning within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...
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Abstract Scientists have repeatedly argued that transformative, multiscale global scenarios are needed as tools in the quest to halt the decline of biodiversity and achieve sustainability goals. As a first step towards achieving this, the researchers who participated in the scenarios and models expert group of the Intergovernmental Science‐Policy P...
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The efforts of Bolivia’s water sector to adapt to climate change include the mainstreaming of adaptation in water policy instruments and broad capacity building processes supported by climate funds and international cooperation. These sector-wide adaptation experiences in the country present important learning challenges across different governance...
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Targets for human development are increasingly connected with   targets for nature, however, existing scenarios do not explicitly address this relationship. Here, we outline a strategy to generate scenarios centred on our relationship with nature to inform decision-making at multiple scales.
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Scientists have repeatedly argued that transformative, multiscale global scenarios are needed as tools in the quest to halt the decline of biodiversity and achieve sustainability goals. As a first step towards achieving this, the Expert Group on Scenarios and Models of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serv...
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The workshop entitled ‘From visions to scenarios for nature and nature’s contributions to people for the 21st century’ was organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) expert group on scenarios and models and its technical support unit, and hosted by the NF-UBC Nereus Program, the Peter Wall Institute f...
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The governance of adaptation to climate change is an emerging multi-level challenge, and learning is a central governance factor in such a new empirical field. We analyze, through a literature review, how learning is addressed in both the general multi-level governance literature and the governance of adaptation to climate change literature. We exp...
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In June 2018, PBL hosted a workshop for the IPBES expert group on Scenarios and Models. An important outcome was an inclusive framework for understanding how people relate to and value nature, and for building diverse positive nature future scenarios at different scales.
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The Regional Coordinating Unit of the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment for West and Central Africa (the Abidjan Convention) has under its wings several multilateral environmental agreements including those addressing shipping pollution. Shipping, potentially, has negative impacts on...
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In the face of global environmental concerns, legal institutions must cultivate a reflexive capacity to monitor global ecological shifts and to reconfigure their practices accordingly. But, it remains unclear whether harder or softer legal norms are more capable of enhancing such ecological reflexivity. This article traces variations in harder and...
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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the full Agenda 2030 in which they are embedded are aspirational and intended to be both transformational and integrative in a number of ways. The need for integration across policy domains is stressed throughout the agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals are also accompanied by an emerging system for fol...
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Mainstreaming biodiversity into the governance of economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries is required to reverse biodiversity loss and achieve globally adopted conservation targets. Governments have recognized this but little progress has been made. This paper addresses the following research question: What are the barriers and...
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Global collaborations across level, domain, and sector boundaries are on the rise. This article analyses policy entrepreneurship for the establishment of the Global Alliance for Climate‐Smart Agriculture (GACSA), a global multi‐actor collaboration to address climate change and foster food security and development. We explore policy entrepreneurship...
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Although policy entrepreneurs are assigned an important role in crossing policy boundaries and addressing complex problems, our understanding of the process is limited. This article systematically reviews 51 studies on conditions, strategies and implications of crossboundary entrepreneurship. Findings show that (1) the literature predominantly ment...
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What is IPBES? IPBES—the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services—was established in 2012 to serve a role linking the science and knowledge about nature and nature’s benefits to people with policy and decision-making. IPBES has many expert groups, including one that focusses on Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity of Ecosy...
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The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – the main international environmental agreement (IEA) for securing our planet's life-supporting systems – is far from delivering its commitments: the 2010 Biodiversity Target was not met, and states are already failing to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by the 2020 deadline. Whilst this is not an...
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The United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (pending possible re-engagement under different terms) may have significant ramifications for international climate policy, but the implications of this decision remain contested. This commentary illustrates how comparative analysis of US participation in multilateral environmental ag...
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The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system for classifying and labelling chemicals according to their intrinsic hazardous properties. The GHS is one of the cornerstones of sound chemicals management, an issue consistently on the international sustainable development agenda since 1992. In 2002, it w...
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Targets for human development are increasingly connected with targets for nature, however, existing scenarios do not explicitly address this relationship. Here, we outline a strategy to generate scenarios centred on our relationship with nature to inform decision-making at multiple scales.
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The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change brings expectations that states will be held to account for their commitments. The article elaborates on why this is not a realistic assumption unless a broader multilevel perspective is taken on the nature of accountability regimes for international (legal) agreements. The formal accoun...
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One of the major challenges in halting biodiversity loss is finding ways to address the issue in places where it would matter most; in the economic sectors of society that exert the strongest pressures on biodiversity such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Governments have acknowledged the need for this so termed mainstreaming under the Conve...
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p>One of the major challenges in halting biodiversity loss is finding ways to address the issue in places where it would matter most; in the economic sectors of society that exert the strongest pressures on biodiversity such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Governments have acknowledged the need for this so termed mainstreaming under the Con...
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The way that the media reports and comments on key events in the fragmented global climate governance landscape is one important route to strengthening public accountability of such governance. Editorials and other opinion pieces provide key contributions to the public sphere, but have been almost entirely neglected in media research on climate cha...
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This chapter analyses first the very humble presence of energy in the United Nations (UN) during the organization’s first seven decades. Norm development and institutionalization of energy are described along four themes: energy for the nations, energy for development, energy for the environment and energy for human well-being. For each theme, the...
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Summary and policy recommendations Beyond the emissions pledges made by different countries, a cornerstone for ensuring the effectiveness of the 2015 international climate change agreement will be the mechanisms in place to hold states to account for how they live up to their commitments. While legal form has been viewed as an important indicator o...
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Global energy governance has very limited legitimacy in the eyes of most governments. Although the concept has been starting to surface in academic papers it is still barely used in policy discussions. It is contested, almost taboo, to raise the need for international norms around energy production or consumption, although a significant step forwar...
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To radically address the problem of climate change, it is not enough to modify specific attitudes and behaviors while upholding the present paradigms. This article aims to show why modifications will never bring about radical carbon emission reductions. We discuss what it implies to desire radical change, using contemporary philosophy as a method....
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This chapter is about the role of clubs and minilateral agreements in global climate governance. Full reference: Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I. (2015). Clubs and Minilateral Arrangements In P. Pattberg & F. Zelli (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics (pp. 261-268). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
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The story of energy in the UN is told in this chapter along the two processes of norm development and institutionalisation. The development of specific norms – understood as standards of appropriate behaviour (Finnemore and Sikkink, 1998) – is one of the major activities of the UN. Various bodies within the organization provide the arena for negoti...
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Legitimacy is a key concept of any effort to theorize how governance works, contributing both to the effectiveness and to the normative evaluation of the ‘interactive processes through which society and the economy are steered towards collectively negotiated objectives’ (Introduction in this Handbook). However, the concept of legitimacy has, as do...
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This report presents the result of applying the framework in five cases in or on the cross roads between agriculture, forestry and fisheries where considerable pressure on biodiversity is exerted. The cases were selected based on several criteria with the aim that they together cover as broad span as possible of: Relevance for biodiversity (from ha...
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Developments in sectors such as agriculture, wood production, water management and fisheries largely shape the world’s current and future biodiversity, as they exert direct pressures on biodiversity. These sectors depend on biodiversity and ecosystems in various ways to provide food, fiber, wood, bio-energy, fish and clean water for the world’s gro...
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The principles, the actions and the vision that form the basis for sustainable production and consumption (SCP) are not unknown, but there is a considerable gap between knowledge and action, and behavioural incentives are not sufficient for system change. In this paper we explore a key missing ingredient in the work to promote SCP, leadership that...
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The CBD can play a leading role in mainstreaming biodiversity in sectors at the international level, by mainstreaming the spirit and substance of the Aichi targets into public and private governance of sectors; by ensuring the inclusion of biodiversity concerns in newly--‐emerging public and private partnerships on sustainability; and by working wi...
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The global deliberations on sustainable development took another step in their more than 20-year history at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. A recurrent dimension of these negotiations is the allocation of governance to one or more specific levels in the outcome document. This allocation...
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Studies grounded in regime theory have examined the effectiveness of “minilateral” climate change forums that have emerged outside of the UN climate process. However, there are no detailed studies of the legitimacy of these forums or of the impacts of their legitimacy on effectiveness and governance potential. Adopting the lens of legitimacy, we an...
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This Handbook brings together energy security experts to explore the implications of framing the energy debate in security terms, both in respect of the governance of energy systems and the practices associated with energy security.
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Twenty years of international deliberations on sustainable development reaches another peak in 2012 during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. However, with every review of the implementation of the ambitious Agenda 21, it becomes more difficult to reignite the “spirit of Rio” and in this paper I argue that one contrib...
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The negotiating group of developing countries, the G77, is one of the most important institutions in global climate governance. This article analyses the cohesiveness of, and internal tension within, the G77 coalition by using the politics of climate change as the empirical window. The study examines four arenas of UN-based deliberations on climate...
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This chapter analyzes integration between energy, development, climate change, and associated institutional complex in today’s global governance. The role of interplay management in achieving the previously mentioned integration is discussed through institutional complex elements and functional interdependencies among the domains. The chapter explo...
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International legal scholars tend to see the rule of law as the fundamental tool in creating order and facilitating cooperation in the international system, while many international relations scholars have made governance the central analytical concept in their study of the same system. This has created a false dichotomy between law and governance....
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The link between energy, economic development and national security has often made governments reluctant to address energy in global governance. In the United Nations (UN) system and beyond, the result has been almost a normative and institutional vacuum on energy. In the last decade some efforts have been made to fill this vacuum within the UN but...
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The international norms that are developed as tools of global governance can be placed on a continuum from traditional “hard law” treaties to the vaguest and voluntary “soft law.” In this article we develop an analytical framework for comparing norms on different positions along the continuum, thus for comparing international hard and soft law. We...
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This introduction lays the groundwork for this Special Issue by providing an overview of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), and by introducing three main analytical themes. The first theme concerns the emergence and continuation of the APP. The contributions show that the emergence of the APP can be attributed to i...
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Institutional drivers from local, national, regional and global levels, in combination, influence individual and collective decisions and behaviours that lead to environmental change. This multilevel dynamic raises the need to explicitly include the multilevel dimension in any analysis that aims to identify and trace drivers of global environmental...
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The paper investigates the scientific knowledge divide in the environmental sciences between developed and developing countries and explores the implications and impacts on both science and policymaking. Quantitative data analysis of more than 6400 scientific papers published in 1993–2003 yield evidence for a growing divide in authorship, publicati...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore and compare three different principles – the culpability, capacity and concern principles – for allocating responsibility for governance in a multi‐level context of addressing sustainable development. Design/methodology/approach The principles are first analysed from a theoretical and normative stand...
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The challenge confronting those seeking to understand the institutional dimensions of global environmental change and patterns of land-use and land-cover change is to find effective methods for analyzing the dynamics of socio-ecological systems. Such systems exhibit a number of characteristics that pose problems for the most commonly used statistic...
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This paper looks at the particular challenges that cross-level interdependence has for the use of knowledge in decision-making for environmental governance. Analytical questions surrounding knowledge generation, use, and flow and the role of institutions in shaping these arise in a multi-level context. By using results from a study on pesticide use...
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summary This chapter argues that there is a knowledge divide between the North and the South resulting from the substantial difference in accumulated scientific knowledge about the two regions and their current unequal capacities for generating new knowledge. It outlines the consequences of the divide for global environmental governance, including...

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This project has the intention to summarize the experience gained in different projects interventions carried out by different organizations to integrate climate change adaptaiton policies in the water sector of Bolivia. In particular I acknowledge the long term collaboration with the Watermanagement Project of the Swiss Cooperation (GIA Spanish Acronym); different activities within the Pilot Project on Climate Resilience (PPCR) implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA) of Bolivia, the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), in particular the evaluation of the PPCR on water governance conducted with the leadership of the University of Geneva in 2018, and research activities conducted between 2011 and 2013 in collaboration with IIED and SEI to better understand the stakeholder situation around water in the city of La Paz – El Alto and between 2018 - 2020 with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen UR to summarize multi-level learning in the governance of adaptation within the water sector of Bolivia.
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Although EPI has been around as a concept for several decades, relatively little is known about what works in practice. In this special issue of Environmental Science & Policy, we take stock of the EPI practices being applied in a range of contexts. Across the cases analysed, we can see that ambitions in terms of EPI are often high and in some cases substantial advances have been made; however, commitment to integration often tails off before the policy implementation stage, where challenges typically arise. Nevertheless, policy integration is an issue that keeps coming back, so there is a real need to enhance EPI knowledge and practice. In our concluding paper, we identify some avenues for future research on EPI, including more comparative analyses and to better understand the role of EPI in societal transition and transformation. The special issue is based on papers and presentations during the 2016 ECPR Conference in Prague, organised by several WG members, and contains nine papers, an editorial and a concluding paper. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/environmental-science-and-policy/special-issue/10XD44S1L4D