Drs. E.M. Kunseler

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PhD researcher


Eva Kunseler is an external PhD researcher at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University Amsterdam. In her dissertation research she explores the dynamic interactions across factors at institutional and research level that influence the management of a plurality of perspectives in environmental policy assessment studies of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). At IVM, she is part of the research cluster “Science and Values for Environmental Governance”. Since 2008 Eva works as a policy researcher for the PBL in the Department of Spatial Planning and the Quality of the Living Environment. From 2008 until 2010 she has been involved in a PBL participatory scenario study ‘the Sustainable City’. Currently she is working on the PBL study ‘State of the Living Environment 2012’ where she is responsible for the design and coordination of the interaction process with policy makers and other stakeholders.

Eva completed the MSc in Environmental Health Sciences from Maastricht University in 2005. Her MSc thesis is on the Role of Advisory Bodies in Environmental Health Policymaking, which is based on a comparative research project on advisory bodies in France, Germany and Poland that she conducted at the Health Council of the Netherlands. She also spent a few months working as an intern for the World Health Organization in Bonn, Germany and contributed to the establishment of a European Environment and Health Information System for Policy Support. Her research into advisory bodies and her experiences with the daily operations of these expert organisations raised her interest into the functioning of boundary organisations at the science-policy interface. After completing her degree she spent two years working for the Environmental Health Department of the Finnish National Public Health Institute in Kuopio, Finland in European research projects funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme. She coordinated a research project to explore the scientific rationale of environmental health policies in European Member States.


Environmental Health, Policy Assessment, Science-Policy Interface.

Academic training

2011MSc course ‘Environmental problems: crossing boundaries between science, policy and society’, Open University, Heerlen.
2006 – 2007PhD courses on ‘Environmental Risk Analysis’, ‘Risk modelling and Decision analysis’ and ‘Methods of Scientific Thought’ at University of Kuopio, Finland
2001 – 2005Doctoral programme Environmental Health Sciences, Maastricht University (UM), Maastricht, The Netherlands
2004 – 2005Research Internship at the Health Council of the Netherlands
2003 – 2004Additional courses on ‘Environment, Peace and Sustainability’ at Radboud University Nijmegen, ‘Politics and Policies in the European Union’ and ‘Globalisation and Inequality’ at the faculty of European Studies at Maastricht University
2000 – 2001Propedeuse Health Sciences, Maastricht University (UM), Maastricht, The Netherlands

Professional employment history

2011 – presentExternal PhD researcher, IVM, VU University Amsterdam
2008 – presentPolicy researcher at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in the Department of Spatial Planning and Quality of the Living Environment, Den Haag.
2008 – presentGuest lecturer on ‘Tackling Environmental Health Risks with Policy’ at Maastricht University.
2006 – 2007Researcher at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, Department of Environmental Health, Kuopio, Finland
2005Research assistant/ Intern at the European Centre for Environment and Health of the World Health Organisation, Bonn, Germany

Selected publications

Kunseler E. (2006). The role of advisory bodies in environmental health policymaking; A comparative research project in France, Germany and Poland. The Hague: Health Council of the Netherlands; publication no. A06/03E [PDF].

Petersen A.C., A. Cath, M. Hage, E. Kunseler and J.P. van der Sluijs (2011) Post-Normal Science in Practice at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Science, Technology and Human Values 36(3): 362-388.