Dr Severine van Bommel

Senior Lecturer in Rural Dev. & Agr

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
s.vanbommel@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 105

Overview

Dr Severine van Bommel is a senior lecturer with the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability at the University of Queensland, Australia. She holds a PhD and MSc from Wageningen University (NL). Taking a qualitative, interpretive approach, she studies the construction of meaning in interaction in extension or interventions for sustainable resource management. She has contributed to insight into constraining and enabling narratives and policy conditionalities for deliberation and learning for sustainable agriculture at farm and higher agro-ecosystems levels.

Her current research is focused on developing a number of innovative research and co-design methodologies that enable different knowledge perspectives to emerge and that are effective in western contexts as well as in groups where there is low literacy or where English in a second language. Her reserach projects include: 1) co-design of a virtual platform for verification of environmental credentials for Australian Beef producers; 2) development of a 'storian' engagement method for co-design and co-implementation of climate smart agricultural practices with smallholder farmers in Vanuatu.

She is an editor of the book "Forest and Nature Governance: A practice-based approach" (Springer). She has published and presented papers on the above mentioned topics in journals and international congress proceedings, been a co-editor in scientific journals and publications. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Interpretive Policy Analysis conference (IPA) and she is a member of the editorial board of the Critical Policy Studies journal. She mentors early career researchers interested in interpretive methods within the framework of the APSA mentoring program and she runs a Virtual International Community of Practice for Interpretive Practitioners. She is also part of in the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) and the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Courses that she currently teaches:

- Leadership in rural industries (MSc)

- Effective stakeholder engagement (MSc)

- Human-wildlife interactions (MSc and BSC)

Research Interests

  • Agricultural stakeholder engagement, agricultural extension, adoption of technology, practice change
  • Co-design and social learning
  • Land use conflicts, human-wildlife conflicts, multi stakeholder negotiation and deliberation
  • Discursive analysis, narratives and framing
  • Interpretive methods and methodologies, multi species ethnography

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Severine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout eds. (2013). Forest and nature governance. World Forests , Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5113-2

  • Bas Arts, Severine van Bommel, Mirjam Ros-Tonen and Gerard Verschoor eds. (2012). Forest-people interfaces: understanding community forestry and biocultural diversity. Wageningen, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-749-3

Book Chapter

  • Van Bommel, Severine, Van Hulst, Merlijn and Yanow, Dvora (2014). Interpretive policy analysis in the Netherlands. Policy analysis in the Netherlands. (pp. 69-86) edited by Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

  • van Bommel, Severine and van der Zouwen, Marielle (2013). Creating scientific narratives: Experiences in constructing and interweaving empirical and theoretical plots. Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach. (pp. 217-239) edited by Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5113-2_11

  • Arts, Bas, Behagel, Jelle, van Bommel, Severine, de Koning, Jessica and Turnhout, Esther (2013). Prelude to practice: Introducing a practice based approach to forest and nature governance. Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach. (pp. 3-21) edited by Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5113-2_1

  • Behagel, Jelle, Arts, Bas, van Bommel, Severine, de Koning, Jessica and Turnhout, Esther (2013). The promise of practice: The value of the practice based approach for forest and nature governance studies. Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach. (pp. 243-255) edited by Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5113-2_12

  • Arts, Bas, Van Bommel, Severine, Ros-Tonen, Mirjam and Verschoor, Gerard (2012). Forest-people interfaces: from local creativity to global concerns. Forest-people interfaces: understanding community forestry and biocultural diversity. (pp. 15-26) edited by Bas Arts, Séverine van Bommel, Mirjam Ros-Tonen and Gerard Verschoor. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-749-3_1

  • Van Bommel, Severine and Turnhout, Esther (2012). The (onto)politics of classifying biocultural diversity: a tale of chaos, order and control. Forest-people interfaces: understanding community forestry and biocultural diversity. (pp. 223-238) edited by Bas Arts, Séverine van Bommel, Mirjam Ros-Tonen and Gerard Verschoor. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-749-3_14

  • van Bommel, Severine, Aarts, Noelle, Turnhout, Esther and Roling, Niels (2011). Governance and contested land use in the Netherlands. Territorial Governance. (pp. 123-139) edited by André Torre and Jean-Baptiste Traversac. Heidelberg, Germany: Physica-Verlag HD. doi: 10.1007/978-3-7908-2422-3_7

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor