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Jeroen Candel

Wageningen University

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Dr. Jeroen Candel is an associate professor at the Public Administration and Policy of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research and teaching focuses on the question of how governments, from local to international levels, may accelerate a transition towards healthier and more sustainable agri-food systems, as well as the political and institutional mechanisms constraining such a transition. He has published extensively on integrated food policy efforts and the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and Farm to Fork Strategy. He is a member of the Dutch Council on Animal Affairs (RDA) and the supervisory board of the Transitiecoalitie Voedsel (Transition coalition Food) foundation.

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Candel, J.J.L. “Europe Needs Better Pesticide Policies to Reduce Impacts on Biodiversity.” Food Policy, 2024, online first. Finger, R., Schneider, K., Candel, J.J.L., and Möhring, N.

Hoogstra, A.G., Silvius, J., de Olde, E.M., Candel, J.J.L., Termeer, C.J.A.M., van Ittersum, M.K., and de Boer, I.J.M. “The Transformative Potential of Circular Agriculture Initiatives in the North of the Netherlands.” Agricultural Systems, 2024, online first.

Starke, J., Metze, T.A.P., Candel, J.J.L., Dewulf, A.R.P.J., and Termeer, C.J.A.M. “‘Green Future’ versus ‘Planetary Boundaries’? Evolving Online Discourse Coalitions in European Bioeconomy Conflicts.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 2023, online first.

Polman, D., Selten, M., Motovska, N., Berkhout, E.D., Bergevoet, R., and Candel, J.J.L. “A Risk Governance Approach to Mitigating Food System Risks in a Crisis: Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Five Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” Global Food Security, 2023, online first.

Candel, J.J.L. “Policy Integration.” In Elgar Encyclopedia in Urban and Regional Planning and Design, edited by K. Van Assche, R. Beunen, and M. Duineveld, Cheltenham/Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2023, pp. 287-288.

Matthews, A., Candel, J.J.L., de Mûelenaere, N., and Scheelbeek, P. “The Political Economy of Food System Transformation in the European Union.” In The Political Economy of Food System Transformation: Pathways to Progress in a Polarized World, edited by D. Resnick and J. Swinnen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023, pp. 310-337.

Candel, J.J.L. “Agricultural Policy.” In Encyclopedia of Public Policy, edited by M. van Gerven, C. Rothmayr Allison, and K. Schubert, Cham: Springer, 2023.

Silvius, J., Hoogstra, A.G., Candel, J.J.L., de Olde, E., de Boer, I.J.M., and Termeer, C.J.A.M. “Determining the Transformative Potential of Circular Agriculture Initiatives.” Ambio, 2023, online first.

Bazzan, G., Candel, J.J.L., and Daugbjerg, C. “Designing Successful Agri-Environmental Schemes: A Mechanistic Analysis of a Collective Scheme for Ecosystem Services in the Netherlands.” Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 146, 2023, pp. 123-132.

Termeer, C.J.A.M., and Candel, J.J.L. “De hobbelige weg naar een duurzame landbouw.” In Maatschappelijke bestuurskunde, edited by T. Overmans, M. Honingh, and M. Noordegraaf, Den Haag: Boom Bestuurskunde, 2023, pp. 51-72.

Candel, J.J.L. “Making Sense of the Relationship between Europeanisation and Policy Styles.” In Elgar Encyclopedia of European Union Public Policy, edited by P.R. Graziano and J. Tosun, Cheltenham/Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2022, pp. 292-301.

Bazzan, G., et al. “Identifying Institutional Configurations for Policy Outcomes: A Comparison of Ecosystem Services Delivery.” Policy Studies Journal, 2022, online first.

Trübswasser, U., et al. “Benchmarking Policy Goals and Actions for Healthy Food Environments in Ethiopia to Prevent Malnutrition in All Its Forms Using Document Analysis.” BMJ Open, 2022, online first.

Candel, J.J.L. “Power to the People? Food Democracy Initiatives’ Contributions to Democratic Goods.” Agriculture and Human Values, 2022, online first.

Buitenhuis, Y., et al. “Reconstructing the Framing of Resilience in the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy Post-2020 Reform.” Sociologia Ruralis, 2022, online first.

Candel, J.J.L. “EU Food-System Transition Requires Innovative Policy Analysis Methods.” Nature Food, vol. 3, 2022, pp. 296-298.

Namugumya, B.S., et al. “Integrating Nutrition Actions in Service Delivery: The Practices of Frontline Workers in Uganda.” International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2022, online first.

Starke, J.R., et al. “Conceptualizing Controversies in the EU Circular Bioeconomy Transition.” Ambio, 2022, online first.

Muscat, A., et al. “The Promised Land: Contrasting Frames of Marginal Land in the European Union.” Land Use Policy, 2021, online first.

Candel, J.J.L., et al. “Patterns of Coordination in the European Commission: An Analysis of Interservice Consultations around Climate Change Adaptation Policy (2007-2018).” Journal of European Public Policy, 2021, online first.

Turnhout, E., et al. “Do We Need a New Science-Policy Interface for Food Systems?” Science, vol. 373, no. 6559, 2021, pp. 1093-1095.

Sibbing, L., Candel, J.J.L., and Termeer, C.J.A.M. “The Potential of Trans-Local Policy Networks for Contributing to Sustainable Food Systems – The Dutch City Deal: Food on the Urban Agenda.” Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems, 2021, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/uar2.20006.

Namugumya, B.S., et al. “The Framing of Malnutrition by Parliamentarians in Uganda.” Health Policy and Planning, 2021, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czab009.

Jackson, P., et al. “Food as a Commodity, Human Right or Common Good.” Nature Food, 2021, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-021-00245-5.

Buitenhuis, Y., et al. “Improving the Resilience-Enabling Capacity of the Common Agricultural Policy: Policy Recommendations for More Resilient EU Farming Systems.” EuroChoices, vol. 19, no. 2, 2020, pp. 63-71.

Sibbing, L.V. and Candel, J.J.L. “Realizing Urban Food Policy: A Discursive Institutionalist Analysis of Ede Municipality.” 2020, online first.

Schebesta, H. and Candel, J.J.L. “Game-Changing Potential of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy.” Nature Food, vol. 1, 2020, pp. 586-588.

Buitenhuis, Y., et al. “Does the Common Agricultural Policy Enhance Farming Systems’ Resilience? Applying the Resilience Assessment Tool (ResAT) to a Farming System Case Study in the Netherlands.” Journal of Rural Studies, 2020, online first.

Candel, J.J.L. and de Zwarte, I. “The Impacts of COVID-19 on Dutch Food Banks: A Call on Government to Guarantee the Right-to-Food.” Gastronomica, vol. 20, no. 3, 2020, pp. 72-73.

Candel, J.J.L., et al. “The Relationship between Europeanisation and Policy Styles: A Study of Agricultural and Public Health Policymaking in Three EU Member States.” Journal of European Public Policy, 2020, online first.

Namugumya, B.S., et al. “A Mechanisms-Based Explanation of Nutrition Policy (Dis)Integration Processes in Uganda.” Food Policy, vol. 92, 2020, 101878.

Namugumya, B.S., et al. “Towards Concerted Government Efforts? Assessing Nutrition Policy Integration in Uganda.” Food Security, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 355-368.

Candel, J.J.L. and Daugbjerg, C. “Overcoming the Dependent Variable Problem in Studying Food Policy.” Food Security, vol. 12, 2020, pp. 169-178.

Candel, J.J.L. “What’s on the Menu? A Global Assessment of MUFPP Signatory Cities’ Food Strategies.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, vol. 44, no. 7, 2020, pp. 919-946.

Candel, J.J.L. “De Stikstofcrisis: Van Falend Overheidsbeleid naar een Lonkend Toekomstperspectief?” Bestuurskunde, vol. 28, no. 4, 2019, pp. 89-93.

Sibbing, L.V., Candel, J.J.L., and Termeer, C.J.A.M. “A Comparative Assessment of Local Municipal Food Policy Integration in the Netherlands.” International Planning Studies, 2019, online first.

Meuwissen, M.P.M., et al. “A Framework to Assess the Resilience of Farming Systems.” Agricultural Systems, vol. 176, 2019, 102656.

Candel, J.J.L. “The Expediency of Policy Integration.” Policy Studies, 2019, online first.

Biesbroek, G.R. and Candel, J.J.L. “Mechanisms for Policy (Dis)Integration: Explaining Food Policy and Climate Change Adaptation Policy in the Netherlands.” Policy Sciences, vol. 53, 2019, pp. 61-84.

Candel, J.J.L. “De Opkomst van Voedselbeleid: Voorbij de Tekentafel.” Beleid en Maatschappij, vol. 45, no. 4, 2018, pp. 344-361.

Candel, J.J.L. and Biesbroek, G.R. “Policy Integration in the EU Governance of Global Food Security.” Food Security, vol. 10, no. 1, 2018, pp. 195-209.

Candel, J.J.L. “Diagnosing Integrated Food Security Strategies.” NJAS – Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, vol. 84, 2018, pp. 103-113.

Pérez-Escamilla, R., Shamah-Levy, T., and Candel, J.J.L. “Food Security Governance in Latin America: Principles and the Way Forward.” Global Food Security, vol. 14, 2017, pp. 68-72.

Candel, J.J.L. “Holy Grail or Inflated Expectations? The Success and Failure of Integrated Policy Strategies.” Policy Studies, vol. 38, no. 6, 2017, pp. 519-552.

Candel, J.J.L. and Pereira, L.M. “Towards Integrated Food Policy: Main Challenges and Steps Ahead.” Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 73, 2017, pp. 89-92.

Candel, J.J.L. and Biesbroek, G.R. “Toward a Processual Understanding of Policy Integration.” Policy Sciences, vol. 49, no. 3, 2016, pp. 211-231.

Candel, J.J.L., et al. “The European Commission’s Ability to Deal with Wicked Problems: An In-Depth Case Study of the Governance of Food Security.” Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 23, no. 6, 2015, pp. 789-813.

Candel, J.J.L. “Food Security Governance: A Systematic Literature Review.” Food Security, vol. 6, no. 4, 2014, pp. 585-601.

Candel, J.J.L., et al. “Disentangling the Consensus Frame of Food Security: The Case of the EU Common Agricultural Policy Reform Debate.” Food Policy, vol. 44, 2014, pp. 47-58.

Princen, S., et al. “Establishing Cross-Border Co-operation between Professional Organizations: Police, Fire Brigades and Emergency Health Services in Dutch Border Regions.” European Urban and Regional Studies, vol. 23, no. 3, 2016, pp. 497-512.

Candel, J.J.L. and Princen, S.B.M. “De Normaalste Zaak van de Wereld? Grensoverschrijdende Attitudes van Nederlandse Politiefunctionarissen.” Bestuurskunde, vol. 22, no. 2, 2013, pp. 58-66.