dr. Kristiaan Kok


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I am an Assistant Professor of Politics and Governance of Sustainability Transitions at the transdisciplinary Athena Institute of the VU University. My work focuses on the political dynamics (power, justice, democracy and agency), governance and policies of sustainable transformation in fields like food and agriculture. In particular, I am interested in better understanding and supporting the role of transdisciplinary experimentation in transitions. 

I hold a PhD on the politics of sustainability transitions (2022), and master degrees in Physics (2017) and Political Sciences (2018).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Academic qualification

Physics, Master

Political Science, Master

Transition Studies, PhD

User created Keywords

  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Power & Agency
  • Food Systems
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Experimentation
  • Governance


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