Institute for Science Innovation and Society (ISIS), Faculty of Science, Radboud University (RU), The Netherlands

ISIS is the ‘meta-institute’ of the Faculty of Science. It employs 30 philosophers, social scientists, ecologists and business innovation scientists focusing on science communication, empirical and normative philosophy of nature, genomics, water and landscape management and business innovation. ISIS and the Faculty of Science as a whole have extensive experience as coordinating partner and regular partner in EU-funded projects, such as  ‘Freude am Fluss’ (Interreg IIIB, lead partner over 8 million Euros) and EuroMagnet II and INES in FP7.

Role in the project
Radboud University will be coordinating partner of BIOMOT as a whole and lead the integrative WP 4. It will moreover contribute, especially as ‘theory supplier’, to WPs 1 – 3.

Staff profiles
•  Prof.dr. Wouter T. de Groot is full professor in social environmental science and authors of some 120 academic publications that include qualitative and quantitative methodologies, environmental philosophy, interdisciplinary frameworks, inductive vs deductive epistemology, theories of leadership and land use change, models of social causation and applications in the field of biodiversity conservation, land management and river management. He is also founder of the ‘Visions of Nature’ group at ISIS, that studies images of nature and the people-nature relationship, both empirically and philosophically.
•  Prof. Dr. Hub Zwart is full professor of Philosophy and scientific director of ISIS. He has published ten books, more than forty articles in international journals and volumes and over hundred articles in Dutch, focusing on nature, ethics and genomics.
•  Prof.dr. T. Smits is full professor in river management and initiator of the WaalWeelde programme, a prime example of integrating landscape management, biodiversity valuation and enterprise.
•  Dr. Luuk Knippenberg is assistant professor and a senior researcher with fields of interest ranging from medieval philosophy to sustainable development indicators and the social aspects of landscape rehabilitation.
•  Dr. Martin Drenthen is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His area of expertise is environmental philosophy. He is currently Principal Investigator of the VIDI-NWO research project "Reading the Landscape; A Hermeneutic Approach to Environmental Ethics", which focuses on the relation between rewilding landscapes, cultures of place, and moral identity.
•  Dr. Riyan J.G. van den Born is assistant professor and a social scientist with a PhD on Visions of nature of lay people and has a wide experience in qualitative and quantitative methods in the social sciences.  She currently works in the field of science communication and scientific and lay images of invasive exotic species, connected to theories of perception, framing and participation.

Manchester University (MU), United Kingdom

Manchester University will participate in the BIOMOT project through the School of Social Sciences (Department of Economics and Department of Philosophy) and the School of Psychology.  Both Schools, as well as Manchester University as a whole, have a wide experience in FP and many other international projects for the EU and other international agencies.

Role in the project

MU will lead WP 1 (economics), with Prof. O’Neill and Prof. Wossink as senior staff. Moreover, MU through Prof. Beattie as senior staff will be co-researcher in WP 3 (psychology).  MU will also be contribute substantially to the common effort of WP 4 (theory of motivation), through Prof. Goldie and Dr. Scott as senior staff.  In addition Dr. Banerjee will contribute to the empirical work of WP 1 and WP 2, and more junior researchers will be employed additionally.

School of Social Sciences

Prof.dr. John O’Neill is Hallsworth Professor of Political Economy. He has written widely on philosophy and political economy, political theory, environmental policy, ethics, and the philosophy of science.  He has published over 100 journal papers, book chapters and policy reports. He has been a partner in 10 European Projects over the last 15 years including: Participatory Approaches in Science and Technology (FP6); Consultative Institutions, Values and Information in a Changing Society (CIVICS);  Concerted Action on Environmental Valuation; and VALSE : Social Processes for Environmental Valuation. His policy reports include Representing Diversity (2008) Conceptions of Value in Environmental Decision-Making (with Clive Spash, 2000) and Costing Environmental Damage (with A. Holland and M. O'Connor, 1996).  His recent reports include Living Well Within Limits: Well-Being, Time and Sustainability. His books include Markets, Deliberation and Environment (Routledge, 2007), The Market: Ethics, Knowledge and Politics (Routledge, 1998) and Ecology, Policy and Politics: Human Well-Being and the Natural World (Routledge, 1993). He is co-editor with Tim Hayward of Justice, Property and the Environment: Social and Legal Perspectives (Ashgate, 1997) and Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Edward Elgar, 2001). He is currently Principal Investigator on the project Justice, Vulnerability and Climate Change. He is on the scientific advisory board for research projects in Finland, Germany and Portugal.

Prof.dr. Ada Wossink is Professor of Environmental Economics. Her theoretical and empirical work addresses the integration of insights provided by production ecology, environmental ecology and behavioural economics and she has published extensively in this area. She has been actively involved in more than 25 externally funded multidisciplinary research assignments in past and in current positions in Europe and the US and has coordinated several of such projects. During 2004-2007 she was the leader of an USDA-SARE funded project on Sustainability indicators as management tools to guide farmers, scientists, policy makers and the general public. She has served on the research review panels for: the U.S. National Institute of Health, the Research Council of Norway, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Selected Publications:  (2008)  The Meaning of Sustainability:  Evidence from a Conjoint Analysis, Agric. Systems 98(1): 10-20.  (2007) Jointness in Production and Willingness to Supply Non-Marketed Ecosystem Services, Ecol. Economics 64(2): 297-303. (2006) Environmental Policy Uncertainty and Marketable Permit Systems, Amer. J. of Agric. Econ. 88 (1): 16-27. (2004) Location specific modelling for wildlife management, Ecol. Economics 48: 395-407. (2003) Evaluation of sustainability of organic, integrated and conventional systems, Agric., Ecosystems and Environm. 95(1): 273-288; (2001) Non-separability and heterogeneity in integrated analysis of non-point source pollution, Ecol. Economics 38: 345-357. (2000) Environmental Policies and Land Values, Land Econ. 76(3): 413-429.

Prof.dr. Peter Goldie is the Samuel Hall Chair in Philosophy. His main philosophical interests are in the philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, and particularly in questions concerning value and how the mind engages with value. He is the author of some fifty published papers and book chapters, and the author of The Emotions: A Philosophical Exploration (OUP 2000), and On Personality (Routledge, 2004). He is co-author of Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? (Routledge 2010), editor of Understanding Emotions: Mind and Morals (Ashgate, 2002), and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion (2010), and co-editor of Aesthetic Psychology: Philosophy and the Empirical Sciences (OUP 2011), and Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives (OUP 2011). He is currently writing a book for OUP on narrative thinking and emotion. He was a partner in HUMAINE (FP6) and in the IST (Information Society Technologies) Thematic Priority IST-2002-

Dr. Michael Scott is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. His main research areas are the philosophy of psychology (in particular theories of action, motivation and perception), the philosophy of religion and philosophy of biology. He has published over 25 academic papers. He is the co-author of Reading Philosophy of Religion (2010) with and currently writing a book on philosophy of religion. He is editor of Realism and Religion (2007). He was a principal investigator on The Motivations of Indifference(2009-10) with Peter Goldie, a project looking into the philosophy and psychology of theories of motivation to account for the indifference towards environmental sustainability in the behavior of agents and populations, despite the apparently pro-environmental opinions expressed by individuals.

Prasenjit Banerjee is lecturer in environmental economics. His theoretical and experimental research is motivated by interdependencies between human behaviour and institutions designed for environmental protection. His work includes endangered species conservation, common pool resource management, behavioural impact on environmental policies, mechanism design, institutions for environmental protection, and environmental regulation. He also looks at philosophical and behavioural underpinnings of valuation of environmental goods. Publications: Banerjee, P., and J. F. Shogren (2010), “Regulation, Reputation and Environmental Risk”, Economics Letters. 106 (1): 45-47; Shogren, J. F., G. M. Parkhurst, and P. Banerjee (2010), “Two Cheers and a Qualm for Behavioral Environmental Economics”, Environmental and Resource Economics 46 (2): 235-247.

School of Psychology

Prof. Geoffrey Beattie is Professor of Psychology and Head of School of Psychological Sciences.  He obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He was President of the Psychology section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (2005-2006).  His research interests include applied social psychology; human multi-modal communication; perception and processing, including subliminal processing; micro-level analysis of individual behaviour in the context of sustainability; advertising; and implicit and explicit attitudes to the environment.  He is the author of 17 books including Visible Thought (2003) and Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet?  A Psychologist’s Perspective (2010).  In the past three years, he has been PI on a number of grants, e.g. two funded by the Sustainable Consumption. Selected Recent Publications: Beattie G, McGuire, L and Sale L. (2010). Do we actually look at the carbon footprint of a product in the initial few seconds? An experimental analysis of unconscious eye movements. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 6, 47-66; Beattie G, Webster K, Ross J. (2010). The fixation and processing of the iconic gestures that accompany talk. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 1-20; Beattie G, Sale L. (2009). Explicit and implicit attitudes to low and high carbon footprint products. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5, 191-206; Beattie G. (2008). What we know about how the human brain works. How Public Service Advertising Works. In Lannon, J. (ed.) (pp.219-231). UK: World Advertising Research Centre.

Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium

The research Unit on Biodiversity and Reflexive governance (BIOGOV) is a research unit of the Centre for the Philosophy of Law (CPDR) at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Its focus is on collective learning in the field of sustainable development, with a particular focus on access and benefit sharing and intellectual property as it pertains to the utilization of genetic resources. This research is developed in an international (REFGOV) and national (IUAP VI/06) network on democratic governance. BIOGOV is also partner of the European projects LowInput Breeds and Communia.

Tasks in the project
UCL will lead WP 2 on “Motivational factors behind policy successes for nature”. The main tasks under this WP is concerned with a comparative analysis of motivational strengths at the policy level, based on an analysis of the actor configurations and their motivations that played a role in major cases of success and failures of biodiversity/ecosystems policies (globally, EU level and lower scales in the countries of the BIOMOT partners). UCL will also carry out the empirical work for WPs 1, 2 and 3 in Belgium. Moreover it will contribute to the collective effort of theory building in WP 4.

Relevant previous experience
The BIOGOV research unit has coordinated a number of research programs, both national and international, in the field of access and benefit sharing for genetic resources, innovative intellectual property arrangements and governance of global public goods. In particular the BIOGOV unit is currently in charge of the sustainability assessment work package of the LowInput Breeds project on the improvement of animal genetic resources (FP7, and of the biodiversity sub-network of the Belgian Interuniversity network on democratic governance ( The BIOGOV unit has also coordinated sub-networks of two other major European projects: the global public goods sub-network of the European REFGOV network (FP6, and the Communia network on the digital scientific research commons ( The BIOGOV unit has in addition organized international conferences dedicated to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (

Key staff involved

Prof. Dr. ir. Tom Dedeurwaerdere is the research director of the Biodiversity Governance Unit of the Centre for the Philosophy of Law. He is also professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, Université Catholique de Louvain and holds a permanent position as research associate at the National Foundation for Scientific Research, Belgium (F.R.S.-FNRS). Prof. Dr. Jacques Lenoble is professor at the law school of the Université catholique de Louvain and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Law; he has been the coordinator of several European and Belgian research programmes in the field of theories of democratic governance. Prof. Dr. Marc Maesschalck is professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and director of the Philosophy Unit of the Centre for Philosophy of Law. He is coordinating with prof. J. C. Godard the EU Master program Erasmus mundus EuroPhilosophie. Prof. Dr. Olivier De Schutter is professor at the faculty of law and director of the Fundamental Rights Unit at the Centre for Philosophy of Law. He is currently the special rapporteur of the United Nations on the Right to Food.

University of Greifswald (UG) - Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology (Working Group: Environmental Ethics), Germany

The Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology has a unique interdisciplinary profile, comprising biologists, ecologists, economists, social and political scientists, and philosophers. The Institute has a long-standing worldwide expertise in the field of mire and paleo-ecology, and ecosystem dynamics. Moreover, it is the only Institute in Germany that holds a full professorship on environmental ethics. The Working Group Environmental Ethics hosts an interdisciplinary research group on social entrepreneurship (GETIDOS) with a specific expertise in empirical social research.

Role in the project
The Institute will do the empirical work for WPs 1 – 3 in Germany and also contribute to the theory inputs there. The second involvement is in WP 4, where the Institute will contribute substantially to the all-partners effort towards the general theory of motivation to act for biodiversity.

Staff profiles and publications

1. Prof. Dr. phil. Konrad Ott is full professor for environmental ethics. He is author of several books and many articles about axiology and deontology in environmental ethics. His research topics are: discourse ethics, general environmental ethics, theories of sustainability, reasons for biodiversity conservation, ethics of climate change. As a member of the German Environmental Advisory Board, he was involved in policy advice for eight years. He is member of the Board of Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection. Selection of topic-related publications:

2. Dr. Barbara Muraca is currently lecturer in philosophy and environmental ethics. Her PhD thesis was on sustainability theory, in which she has elaborated a multifaceted axiological matrix for environmental ethics. As a facilitator she has coordinated a working group on “Value and valuation of biodiversity conservation” ( for the workshop on Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction, organised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in 2009, and delivered several contributions to the European project TEEB on the issue of value and valuation of biodiversity and ecosystems. Selection of topic-related publications:

3. Dr. Achim Schäfer is a researcher in environmental and landscape economics. He conducted several research projects on economic impacts of peatland restoration and the monetization of ecosystem services. Currently he is working on the estimation of costs and benefits of the implementation of the National Strategy on Biodiversity in Germany. Selection of topic-related publications:

Environmental law research group, Department of Law, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

The Environmental Law research group is the largest of its kind in Finland. Environmental research and natural resource managementare one of the areas of expertise at the UEF. Since 2007, the university has focused especially on multidisciplinary social-scientific environmental research by funding the centre of excellence called ”Forest, environment and society” (MYY).

The research  group of consists of two professors, 4 post doctoral researchers and 9 full-time PhD-students. The department of law provides the widest selection of environmental law courses in Finland, covering all areas of environmental law from international and European environmental law to nature conservation and forest law. The recent international research evaluation (2008) points out, that environmental law is the leader of expertise in the Department of Law at UEF ( -> Evaluation Report, Faculty of Law, Economics and Business Administration)

Role in the project

The research group will be co-leader of WP 2 (on motivations for biodiversity in governance settings) and will carry out the empirical work for WPs 1, 2 and 3 in Finland. Moreover it will contribute to the all-partners effort of theory building in WP 4.

Staff profiles

Tapio Määttä (Dr. Jur.) is professor of environmental law. He is an expert in the environmental law and legal theory, specialized in doctrinal and theoretical evolution of modern environmental law. His recent research as a senior scientist (funded by Academy of Finland 2009–2010) has focused on the legitimacy of the governance of natural resources. His research interests include multidisciplinary methodologies of environmental law. Prof. Määttä was the scientific coordinator of the Environment and Law Research Programme 2005–2008 at the Academy of Finland (

Juha Hiedanpää (Dr. Env.Pol) is adjunct professor and has worked at the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute. He has a degree in environmental economics (1994) and PhD on environmental policy (2004). He has studied the institutional aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem service-based policies and the consequences of the social-ecological fragmentation of the hunting grounds in southern Finland. He also writes about cultural ecosystem services. Some publications include: (1) Hiedanpää, J. & Bromley, D.W. 2010b. Contestations over Biodiversity Protection: Considering Peircean Semeiosis; Environmental Values, forthcoming, (2) Hiedanpää, J. & Bromley, D.W. 2010a. The Harmonization Game: Reason and Rules in European Biodiversity Policy. Environmental Policy and Governance, in press; Hiedanpää, J. 2005. The Edges of Conflict and Consensus, Ecological Economics 55, 4: 485-498; (2) Hiedanpää, J. 2004. An Institutionalist Approach to Environmental Valuation, Environmental Values 13, 2: 243-260; (5) Hiedanpää, J. 2002. European-Wide Conservation vs. Local Well-being: The Reception of Natura 2000 Reserve Network in Karvia, SW-Finland. Landscape and Urban Planning 61, 2-4: 113-123.

Suvi Borgström (MSc) works as a researcher in University of Eastern Finland at the Department of Law. She has master`s degree in environmental law and is currently finalizing her PhD studies in environmental law (defense in autumn 2011). In her PhD work she studies legal and societal issues involved in the conservation of wolves. One of the research interests is to evaluate how current regulatory mechanisms protect the ecosystem services.

Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)

ZRC SAZU is the leading Slovenian research center in the humanities and a cutting-edge academic institution in central, east and southeast Europe. It has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character; in addition to the humanities, its spheres of research also cover the natural and social sciences. Natural and cultural heritage is one of ZRC SAZU’s fields of research. ZRC SAZU overarches 17 research institutes, two of which will be involved in BIOMOT.

Growth in both manpower and research fields demonstrates the high level of skill in financial and organizational management at ZRC SAZU. The scientific and administrative staff has much experience in international cooperation, including FP7 (e.g. NEREIDS, ARCLAND and CapHaz-Net) and  LIFE+.

Tasks in the project and involved institutions

ZRC SAZU will be involved in the theory building effort of WP 4 and the empirical work of WPs 1, 2 and 3 (document study and interviews in Slovenia, analysis of these data and contributing to the international results).

For WP 4, the main contribution will come from the Institute of Philosophy. The research carried out by the Institute of Philosophy include: ethics, aesthetics, contemporary philosophy, political and legal philosophy, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of history and the history of political thought, the history and philosophy of science, medieval philosophy, the philosophy of Kant, and the philosophical significance of psychoanalysis (particularly Lacanian psychoanalysis). For the BIOMOT project, the psychoanalytical contribution to the understanding of human motivation will be important but many other concepts covered by the Institute as well, including the understanding of Eastern-European ‘cultures of nature’.

For WPs 1, 2 and 3, the main contribution will come from the Anton Melik Geographical Institute. This institute is divided into seven departments, among which Social Geography, Regional Geography and Environmental Protection. The last department works, inter alia, on biodiversity conservation, human ecology, agriculture, natural resource management and public awareness. Expertise for the BIOMOT project, e.g. on research methods, can be drawn from other departments too, however.

Staff profiles
• Prof.dr. Rado Riha is head of the Institute of Philosophy and a professor at the University of Nova Gorica (subject:). holds a degree in Philosophy and German language and a PhD in Philosophy. He is a senior research fellow and the His main research topics are transformation of post-modern thought, Kantian ethics, psychoanalysis and contemporary French philosophy.
• Dr. Tadej Troha is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy. His main research topics are Freudian psychoanalysis, politics and discourse analysis.
• Dr. Samo Tomšič is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands. His research focuses on Lacanian psychoanalysis, ethics and political philosophy.
• Dr. Aleš Smrekar is head of the Department of Environmental Protection. His interests comprise environmental methodology and public awareness of environmental conservation. He is moreover active for many policy-making and societal groups, such as the Regional Development Council of the Ljubljana Region, the national advisory committee for environmental statistics and the expert committee for ecology and environment of Znanost mladini (‘Science to youth’).

• Dr. Mimi Urbanc is a geographer and assistant director of ZRC SAZU. Her research interests are cultural landscapes, perception of landscape change, participatory approaches in regional planning, and public awareness of climate change.

Centre for Interuniversity Research on Environmental Psychology – Sapienza University of Rome (CIRPA-Sapienza), Italy

CIRPA was established in 2005, at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, to promote and develop environmental psychology in Italy. The Director of CIRPA is Prof. Mirilia Bonnes. CIRPA also has PhD program since 2006. CIRPA and its members are currently involved in several national and international funded research projects, including European FP7 ones.

Main tasks in the BIOMOT project and previous experience relevant to those tasks
CIRPA will contribute to BIOMOT by leading the work in WP 3, and will contributes to the research activities in WP 1 and WP 2, as well as in the dissemination tasks. CIRPA has been and is currently involved in several national and international funded projects on people-environment relations.

Selected reference to research projects and networking relevant to BIOMOT

Profile of the key staff members undertaking the BIOMOT project
•  Marino Bonaiuto is full professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and vice-director of CIRPA. His research interests are on perceived urban quality indicators and identity processes. He coordinated several national and international funded projects, including European FP ones, and authored several volumes, chapters, and articles in peer reviewed journals.
•  Mirilia Bonnes is full professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and director of CIRPA. Her research interests are on environmental and social psychology. She coordinated several national and international funded projects, including European FP ones, and authored several volumes, chapters, and articles in peer reviewed journals.
•  Giuseppe Carrus is Researcher at the University of Roma Tre, Italy and scientific secretary of CIRPA. He is Board member of IAPS. His research interests are on pro-environmental attitudes and people-nature relations. He participated and coordinated several national and international funded projects, including European FP ones, and authored several volumes, chapters, and articles in peer reviewed journals.

•  Ferdinando Fornara is Researcher in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cagliari. His research interests are on residential satisfaction and perception of healthcare environments. He participated to several national and international funded projects, including European FP ones.

Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, The Netherlands

CML is an institute of the Faculty of Science with research and education programs in the multidisciplinary field of environmental sciences, including biology, ecosystem services, economics, landscape management and industrial ecology. It employs about 32 people who are distributed over two departments, one on Industrial Ecology and another one on Conservation Biology ( For the BIOMOT project, CML will also use its good relation with the department of Social and Organizational Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, that works, inter alia, on social dilemmas, attitude-behaviour relations, pro-environmental behaviour and leadership.

Previous experience
CML has been involved in more than 10 EU-funded projects, both as coordinator and as regular partner. CML can rely on experienced financial and administrative support from the Science Faculty professionals.

Role in the project
CML will do the empirical data gathering for WPs 1, 2 and 3 in the Netherlands, be co-researcher for WP 1 as a whole and contribute substantially, along with all other partners, to the integrative theory building in WP 4.

Staff profiles