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Barbara VAN MIERLO (Wageningen, Netherlands)

Barbara van Mierlo works as a sociologist in the field of ‘management of innovations, environment and ecology’ at Communication and Innovation Studies at Wageningen University. Her main interest is in processes of (system) innovation towards a sustainable development by means of innovation projects. In her work she focuses on communicative processes like network formation, negotiating and learning in relation to change of practices, joint action and institutional change.

Another interest is in the role of communication in environmental policy, which is also the main topic of the course Environmental Communication and Innovation she teaches. In 2002, she finished her dissertation on the way in which pilot projects can contribute to the diffusion of new sustainable technologies. These topics continue to be important in her most recent work in the domains of agriculture, water and energy.

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