S.S.K. Scholte MSc.

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PhD researcher


Samantha Scholte has been employed as a PhD researcher at IVM since April 2013. Under supervision of Prof. dr. P.H. Verburg and dr. A.J.A. van Teeffelen, she will investigate socio-cultural values of ecosystem services. Her aim is to integrate socio-cultural perspectives into ecosystem service valuations, by gaining insights into determinants of socio-cultural values of ecosystem services and further developing ecosystem service valuation methodologies. Her research is part of the Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (OPERAs) project.

emptyPrior to starting at IVM, Samantha completed an MSc in Environment and Resource Management and an MSc in Earth Sciences. Having an interdisciplinary background, she developed a strong interest in human-environment relationships. Her interest in public perception and communication of environmental problems lead to a thesis about newspaper frames of climate engineering.


Ecosystem services valuation, landscape ecology, environmental policy, environmental communication

Academic training

2013 - presentPhD Researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam
2011- 2012MSc Environment and Resource Management (Cum Laude), VU University Amsterdam
2009 – 2013 2007 2005-2008MSc Earth Sciences (Cum Laude), University of Amsterdam Exchange semester at the University of California Los Angeles BSc Liberal Arts & Sciences, University College Utrecht (honors college of Utrecht University)

Professional employment history

2012Research internship at the Rathenau Institute, Den Haag
2011Policy internship at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Den Haag


2013 – ICA Top Faculty Paper Award

Selected publications

Scholte, S., Vasileiadou, E., & Petersen, A.C. (2013). Opening up the societal debate on climate engineering: how newspaper frames are changing. Integrative Journal of Environmental Sciences, 10, doi: 10.1080/1943815X.2012.759593.

Scholte, S., Riphagen, M., & Horlings, E. (2013). Presentatie van klimaatengineering in onderzoeksrapporten. In  M. Riphagen & F. Brom (Eds), Klimaatengineering: hype, hoop of wanhoop? (pp. 52-71). Den Haag, Rathenau Instituut.