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From 2006 to 2010, Eric Massey was a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. In that time he has primarily worked on European climate change adaptation policy, and taken part in several EU and Dutch government funded projects. He has also been called as an expert for the UNFCCC. He is currently managing editor of one of the institute’s peer reviewed journals, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. In 2011, he became a PhD student at the institute and is a lecturer and supervisor in the institute’s Master's Degree programme. Eric is also director of his own environmental consulting firm, S&E Associates. Among some of his several projects include reports and papers for the OECD, UNDP and the Belgian government.

Prior to moving to Amsterdam, Eric worked extensively in the US government: as a policy advisor on Capitol Hill and the Environmental Protection Agency and a researcher and speechwriter in the Clinton White House. He has also worked on international environmental policy issues during an appointment to the OECD in Paris.


2016: PhD degree, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2005: Master's Degree Environment and Resource Management. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Nederlands.

1994: Bachelor of Art – Jewish Studies; Independent Study in Classical Studies. University of Chicago, USA.


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Research Output 2006 2016

  • 13 Report
  • 7 Article
  • 6 Chapter
  • 1 PhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

Innovation in policy: The emergence of climate adaptation as a new policy field

Massey, E. E., 2016, 134 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

The emergence of climate change adaptation as a new field of public policy in Europe

Massey, E. E. & Huitema, D., 2016, In : Regional Environmental Change. 16, 2, p. 553-564

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
climate change adaptation
environmental policy

The governance of adaptation: choices, reasons, and effects. Introduction to the Special Feature

Huitema, D., Adger, W. N., Berkhout, F. G. H., Massey, E. E., Mazmanian, D., Munaretto, S., Plummer, R. & Termeer, C. C. J. A. M., 2016, In : Ecology and Society. 21, 3, p. 37 3.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
spillover effect
climate change


Massey, E. E., 2015, Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. Morin, J. F. & Orsini, A. (eds.). London & New York: Routledge Earthscan, p. 1-2

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Handling adaptation policy choices in Sweden, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands

Massey, E. E., Huitema, D., Garrelts, H., Grecksch, K., Mees, H., Rayner, T., Storbjörk, S., Termeer, C. & Winges, M., 2015, In : Journal of Water and Climate Change. 6, 1, p. 9-24

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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