B.K. McFadgen MSc.

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faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( dep. environmental policy analysis )
PhD candidate


Belinda McFadgen, MSc (Environment and Resource Management) is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije University, Amsterdam. Her research is on Learning from Environmental Policy Experiments in Adaptive Governance, focusing on water management for climate change adaptation. She is part of the Knowledge for Climate research programme concerned with climate proofing the Netherlands, and her project is linked to the consortium that focuses on research into Governance of Adaptation to Climate Change group. Belinda is also a member of the IVM Research Cluster on Adaptive Governance.
Before joining the Institute, Belinda worked as legal and research counsel for judges at the Environment Court of New Zealand, the specialist court for planning permits and environmental issues. She has also worked as a resource management consultant in a private company, advising both business and local government authorities on resource management issues. Belinda has worked as a volunteer with Forest and Bird in New Zealand and Friends of the Earth in Amsterdam.

Belinda holds both an LLB degree and a BSc degree in ecology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She studied her MSc at the Vrije University, Amsterdam. Her academic interests include adaptive governance of the socio-ecological system, the science-policy interface, adaptation to climate change, and water management. She enjoys living abroad but misses the forests and mountains of her native country.


Specialist knowledge gained in Europe and New Zealand of:

     Environmental law;

     Environmental policy;

     Environmental management;

     Planning; and

     Resource management.

Corporate, private-sector, and public-sector experience in those areas.

Academic training

2006 - 2007 MSc Environmental and Resource Management, Vrije University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1997 - 2002 LLB, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

1997 - 2002 BSc (Ecology), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

2001 - 2002 One year exchange to Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Professional employment history

2008 - 2010 Senior Enrolment Consultant, Laureate Higher Education Group, Amsterdam NL

2004- 2006 Resource Management Consultant, Incite Limited, Wellington, New Zealand

2002 – 2004 Legal and Research Counsel, Environment Court of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand