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

My role is senior lecturer within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences of the University of Queensland with focus on extension and rural development. I hold a PhD from Wageningen University where I have also held previous appointments.

I am an interpretive researcher with an interest in the relationship between people and their environment in agriculture and natural resource management. My current research explores how a broader account of community - one that recognises the active participation of non-humans - might challenge understandings of how innovations can be co-designed and co-produced. In my work, I draw on insights from interpretive policy analysis (interpretation and meaning), communication & innovation studies (co-innovation and co-creation), anthropology (multispecies ethnography) and science & technology studies (post-humanism and performativity). In combination these generate opportunities for moving from human-environmental conflict to negotiation and co-existence in complex socio-ecological systems.

I have more than 15 years of experience of research in Europe, Africa and Latin America. I have published on topics such as multi-stakeholder negotiation, boundary work, co-production of knowledge, circulation of meaning, landscapes of practices, multi-species ethnography as well as interpretive methods and methodology. My publications include the co-edited books Forest-People Interfaces (Wageningen Academic Publishers 2012) and Forest and Nature Governance: a Practice based Approach (Springer 2013).

My teaching involves various interdisciplinary and social science based courses (Participatory research, Development and Extension practice; Rural Community Development, Stakeholder Engagement; Working with Groups and Teams) and postgraduate supervision.

I am part of various international networks such as the Interpretive Policy Analysis network (IPA), International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) and the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN).

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Van Bommel, Severine, Van Hulst, Merlijn and Yanow, Dvora (2014). Interpretive policy analysis in the Netherlands. In Policy Analysis in the Netherlands (pp. 69-86) : Policy Press.

  • van Bommel, Severine and van der Zouwen, Marielle (2013). Creating scientific narratives: Experiences in constructing and interweaving empirical and theoretical plots. In Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout (Ed.), Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach (pp. 217-239) 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. In Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout (Ed.), Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach (pp. 3-21) 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. In Bas Arts, Jelle Behagel, Séverine van Bommel, Jessica de Koning and Esther Turnhout (Ed.), Forest and Nature Governance: A Practice based Approach (pp. 243-255) 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. In Forest-people Interfaces: Understanding Community Forestry and Biocultural Diversity (pp. 15-26) : 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. In Forest-people Interfaces: Understanding Community Forestry and Biocultural Diversity (pp. 223-238) : Wageningen Academic Publishers. doi:10.3920/978-90-8686-749-3_14

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor