Wijnand Boonstra works as researcher in the FORMAS-sponsored project “Regime Shifts in the Baltic Sea Ecosystem-Modeling Complex Adaptive Ecosystems and Governance".
In this project he studies the ways in which people use and manage the Baltic Sea from a sociological and historical perspective.
He is particularly interested in understanding how individual use of ecosystems aggregates to form so-called regimes of ecosystem use. Describing and explaining the complex set of social and ecological conditions and their interaction at micro and macro scales that cause these regimes to shift, is a key research objective.
Education and work experience
Wijnand is educated at Wageningen University (WUR), where he completed both his MSc. and PhD. in Rural Sociology which can be understood as the study of human social behaviour in rural areas.
During his MSc. he investigated the dependence of livelihood security on the access to fish in a rural village, Mpiranjala, situated at the northern edge of Lake Chilwa, in Malawi. He also researched the local diversity of farming styles in a neo-liberal policy context, through farmer interviews conducted in Wantabadgery, a small rural community in New South Wales, Australia.
From 2001 until 2006 he worked on his PhD. Thesis, Polder Limits, at the Rural Sociology Department of WUR. This study explains, using case study research in South-East Fryslân and Langbroekerwetering, how value-conflicts in Dutch rural land use are politically accommodated.
Before joining the centre in 2010, Wijnand worked at the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
- Boonstra, W.J. & Nguyen Bach Dang (2010) A history of breaking laws — Social dynamics of non-compliance in Vietnamese marine fisheries. Marine Policy 34 (6), pp. 1261-1267.
- Boonstra, W.J. & B.B. Bock (2009) Fallacies of virtualisation: a case study of farming, manure, landscape and Dutch rural policy. Science, Technology & Human Values 34 (4): 427-448.
- Boonstra, W.J. & A. van den Brink, (2007), Controlled decontrolling: involution and democratisation in Dutch rural planning, Planning Theory and Practice.8 (4), pp. 473-488.
- Boonstra, W.J., (2006) Policies in the polder: how institutions mediate between norms and practices of rural governance, Sociologia Ruralis 64 (4), pp. 299-317.
- Boonstra, W.J. (2006) How to account for stakeholders' perceptions in Dutch rural policy? pp. 145-155. In: Brink, M. van den & T. Metze (eds.) Words matter in policy and planning: discourse theory and method in the social sciences. Utrecht: Nederlandse Geografische Studies 344.
- Boonstra, W.J. & J. Frouws (2005) Conflicts about water: a case study of contest and power in Dutch rural policy. Journal of Rural Studies 21 (3), pp. 297-312.
- Boonstra, W.J. (2002) Bedrijfsstijlen als effect van liberalisatie. Tijdschrift voor Sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek van de Landbouw 17 (1), pp. 21-35.