Dr. Steve Ney

Board of Advisors

Steven Ney  completed his doctorate in the policy sciences at the Department of Comparative Politics in the University of Bergen. Professor Ney has worked on a wide range of policy issues in a number of research institutes including the LOS Center in Bergen, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR) in Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. Starting as a researcher of environmental issues, particularly climate change, Steven Ney has developed an interest in analysing the way societies deal with complex and uncertain policy challenges. Specifically, Steven Ney is interested in processes of institutional change and reform. His recent book, develops a framework to analyze messy problems in environmental, transport, health and aging policy. Steven Ney‘s current research concentrates on social innovation and social entrepreneurship as a means of bringing about sustainable institutional change.



Gyawali, D., Thompson, M. & Verweij, M. (Eds.) (2016). Aid, technology and development: The lessons from Nepal. The Earthscan Science in Society Series. London: Routledge.

Marco Verweij, Clumsy Solutions for a Wicked World: How to Improve Global Governance (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Marco Verweij, Transboundary Environmental Problems and Cultural Theory: The Protection of the Rhine and Great Lakes (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).


Dominique Jacquin, Andrew Oros and Marco Verweij (eds.), Culture in International Relations, special issue of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Vol. 22, No. 3, 1993).

Dominique Jacquin-Berdal, Andrew Oros and Marco Verweij (eds.), Culture in World Politics (Basingstoke/New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, 1998).

Marco Verweij and Tim Josling (eds), Deliberately Democratizing Multilateral Organization, special issue of Governance (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2003).

Marco Verweij and Steven Ney (eds), No Great Breakthroughs Have Ever Been Achieved by Taking Things Seriously: A Festschrift for Michael Thompson, special issue of Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (Vol. 17, No. 4, 2004).

Marco Verweij and Michael Thompson (eds), Clumsy Solutions for a Complex World: Governance, Politics and Plural Perceptions (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Articles & Chapters

Thompson, M., Gyawali, D. & Verweij, M. (2016). The dharma of development. In D. Gyawali, M. Thompson & M. Verweij (Eds), Aid, technology and development: The lessons from Nepal (pp. 3-12). London: Routledge/Earthscan.

Gyawali, D., Thompson, M. & Verweij, M. (2016). The lessons from Nepal. In D. Gyawali, M. Thompson & M. Verweij (Eds), Aid, technology and development: The lessons from Nepal (pp. 218-221). London: Routledge/Earthscan.

Verweij, M. (2016). A cultural theory of how to aid development. In D. Gyawali, M. Thompson & M. Verweij (Eds), Aid, technology and development: The lessons from Nepal (pp. 13-25). London: Routledge/Earthscan.

Steven Ney and Marco Verweij, "Messy Institutions for Wicked Problems: How to Generate Clumsy Solutions", Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (Vol. 33, No. 6, 2015), pp. 1679-96.

Marco Verweij, Timothy J. Senior, Juan F. Dominguez D. and Robert Turner, 'Emotion, Rationality and Decision-Making: How to Link Affective and Social Neuroscience with Social Theory', Frontiers in Neuroscience (Vol. 9, 2015), available at: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2015.00332/abstract

Marco Verweij and Timothy J. Senior, 'Social Theory and the Cognitive-Emotional Brain', Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Vol. 38, No. 1, 2015), pp. 42-43.

Gabriela Weber de Morais, Achim Schlüter and Marco Verweij, "Can Institutional Change Theories Contribute to the Understanding of Marine Protected Areas?", Global Environmental Change (Vol. 31, 2015), pp. 154-162.

Steven Ney and Marco Verweij, "The Upside of Messiness: Clumsy Solutions for Wicked Problems", Rotman Management: The Magazine of the Rotman School of Management, (Winter 2015).

Steven Ney and Marco Verweij (2014), "Exploring the Contributions of Cultural Theory for Improving Public Deliberation about Complex Policy Problems", Policy Studies Journal, 42(4), 620-643.

Marco Verweij, Marieke van Egmond, Ulrich Kuehnen, Shenghua Luan, Steven Ney, and M. Aenne Schoop, "I Disagree, Therefore I Am: How to Test and Strengthen Cultural Versatility", Innovation (Vol. 27, 2014), DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2014.904743.

Marco Verweij, "Wicked Problems, Clumsy Solutions and Messy Institutions in Transnational Governance", in Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich (eds), The Problem-Solving Capacity of the Modern State: Government Challenges and Administrative Capacities (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the Hertie School of Governance, 2014).

Christoph Engel, Michael Thompson and Marco Verweij, "Postscript: The Future of Clumsiness", in Mary Douglas, Cultures and Crises: Understanding Risk and Resolution (London: Sage, 2013).


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