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I am interested in understanding the meaning people attach to the environment and the way in which this meaning is conveyed in (policymaking) interactions. I think that social interactions are always embedded in a social environment, which is why I prefer qualitative methods because of their contextual nature. Nonetheless, I believe that the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods can deliver fruitful results. This forms the basis for my openness to collaboration with quantitative-oriented scholars within my discipline, as well as scholars from other disciplines. In addition, teaching represents an important part of my scholarly identity.



Using Science for/in Diplomacy for Adressing Societal Challenges

Science diplomacy can be described, in its broadest sense, as all those activities that span the spheres of science, on the one hand, and diplomacy, on the other. Science advice to multilateral climate negotiations is one example, seeing international research infrastructures as a bridge for foreign relations is another. Activities and research around the topic of science diplomacy have increased since the seminal 2010 AAAS/Royal Society Report “New frontiers in science diplomacy“. The European Union is interested in finding its own way and style of science diplomacy.

This is why the EU funds three projects looking into the subject. The first, EL-CSID, ended in early 2019. It collected evidence on EU science diplomacy and provided conceptual groundwork investigating EU actors in science diplomacy. As of 2018, two additional projects will support the development of an EU science diplomacy: InsSciDE, coordinated by Sorbonne University, and S4D4C, coordinated by the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI). In S4D4C, we make use of case-based research to develop a governance framework for EU science diplomacy, training and capacity-building measures as well as online knowledge resources for science diplomats.

The task of supporting the development of EU science diplomacy is exciting for a number of reasons. For instance, the multi-level governance system of the EU, with its regional, national and supranational layers, offers both challenges and opportunities: coordinating Member State activities can be difficult, but the supranational EU layer can also offer added value (in certain topics, for certain groups of Member States, etc). Besides these governance aspects, there are developments in the EU research landscape as well as in its foreign policy institutions that can be harnessed for an effective science diplomacy: open science, public diplomacy, etc. S4D4C is set up to harness these opportunities.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Twente

15 Apr 201313 Oct 2017

Master, Wageningen University & Research

1 Mar 200929 Jun 2012

Bachelor, Wageningen University & Research

1 Sep 20051 Mar 2009


  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • HM Sociology
  • JA Political science (General)

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Research Output

(Mis-)matching framing foci: Understanding policy consensus among coastal management frames

Aukes, E. J., Lulofs, K. R. D. & Bressers, H. T. A., 15 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Ocean and Coastal Management. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Narrative and Frame Analysis: Disentangling and Refining Two Close Relatives by Means of a Large Infrastructural Technology Case

    Aukes, E. J., Bontje, L. E. & Slinger, J. H., 27 May 2020, In : Forum qualitative Sozialforschung (FQS). 21, 2, 18 p., 28.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Towards effective science diplomacy practice: POLICY BRIEF #2, JANUARY 2020

    Aukes, E. J., Ordonez Matamoros, G., Kuhlmann, S. & Honarmand Ebrahimi, S., Jan 2020, Vienna: S4D4C. 12 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

    Open Access
  • Assessing and supporting governance and business innovations for the sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services in Europe

    Mann, C., Loft, L., Hernández-Morcillo, M., Stegmaier, P., Aukes, E. J., Brogaard, S., Geneletti, D., Großmann, C., Kluvankova, T., Krause, T., Maier, C., Orsi, F., Primmer, E., Sattler, C., Sorge, S., Spacek, M., Meyer, C., Schleyer, C. & Varumo, L., 2019, (Unpublished) In : Forest policy and economics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Interim Ecosystems Service Governance Navigator & Manual for its Use: InnoForESt Deliverable 5.1

    Aukes, E. J., Stegmaier, P. & Hernandez-Morcillo, M., 2019, InnoForESt. 88 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic


    Science Diplomacy in the Making – towards effective practice

    Stefan Kuhlmann (Invited speaker), Ewert J. Aukes (Speaker)
    24 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Science Diplomacy Workshop 2019

    Ewert J. Aukes (Participant), Stefan Kuhlmann (Discussion leader), Gonzalo Ordonez Matamoros (Organiser), Sanaz Honarmand Ebrahimi (Reporter)
    27 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Eu-SPRI conference 2019

    Ewert J. Aukes (Discussion leader)
    5 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Co-creation Workshop: A Science Diplomacy framework – Flexible guidance 2019

    Ewert J. Aukes (Organiser), Stefan Kuhlmann (Discussion leader), Gonzalo Ordonez Matamoros (Panel member), Sanaz Honarmand Ebrahimi (Organiser)
    11 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Climate change adaptation in coastal systems: Framing for adoption of innovative technologies

    Ewert J. Aukes (Speaker)
    6 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation