people

Nena Bode

Researcher
+31 (0)10-4082932
bode@drift.eur.nl
 
As an action researcher, Nena aims to make transition management more effective and just. Her focus is on addressing people’s ‘agency’ (i.e. capacity to act) and help people understand systems and develop pragmatic strategies for change, based on their personal role and power. She’s currently working on the (central) government’s role in climate adaptation, see for example the state of transition and steering in transition projects with the Dutch Ministry of Dutch Infrastructure and Water Management. She’s also involved in Energy-SHIFTS – a Horizon2020 project that integrates social science and humanities research into EU policy to accelerate a just and renewable energy transition. Topics that currently interest her are climate-adaptive urban development, sustainable food systems and new forms of democratic governance.
 
Nena holds a BA in cultural anthropology and a MSc in industrial ecology. During her studies she took courses in psychology, arts, global economics, communication, business strategy and design. She combines understanding of culture with her knowledge of sustainable technology to unravel complex problems and develop strategic action. She takes on an action-oriented approach, rooted in social science and design thinking. Facilitating (creative) workshops is one of her favorite activities.
 
Before joining DRIFT, Nena gained experience in the social-startup sector, the municipality of The Hague and L.D.E. Centre for Sustainability. Her master thesis was conducted at Waternet in Amsterdam, where she investigated the effectiveness of innovation strategies for developing an integrated urban water-energy infrastructure for Strandeiland, Amsterdam.
 
Outside of work, Nena likes to go to art exhibitions, concerts and discussion nights. She will take any chance to escape city life to go camping, hiking or rock climbing. You can also ask her about Zen Buddhism and meditation.