Welcome to PS4SD
PublicStrategy for Sustainable Development is a think-tank and advisory network established 2012, based in Brussels and The Hague. PS4SD combines the expertise and experience with governance, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement of its founders Louis Meuleman and Ingeborg Niestroy and their associates. In our work we develop new solutions for the stumbling blocks that governments, civil society, science and business are facing in their attempts to move towards sustainable societies. We focus on three main topics and their linkages: Governance (how to organise change, with meta- and transgovernance as modern approaches); Impact assessment (how to assess success or failure, how to combine environmental and sustainability assessments); Stakeholder engagement (how to influence governmental decisions and how to get governments to participate in stakeholders' sustainable innovation arrangements).
Dr. Ingeborg Niestroy studied (physical) geography, worked as planner for transport projects, and has ever since been interested in governance questions of environmental integration and sustainable development, firstly culminating in her PhD thesis on Strategic Environmental Assessment. She was Secretary-General of the European network of advisory councils for environmental policy and sustainable development (EEAC), and has around 15 years experience in European policy-making and multi-stakeholder relations. She conducted a comparative study on governance for SD in nine EU members states (2005), and well as on different models of environmental and SD councils (2007, with follow-ups).
Since 2013, she is research associate at the Policy Assessment Group of the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Free University of Berlin, Germany, and associate at the International Institute for Susainable Development (IISD).
Dr. Louis Meuleman has an MsC in environmental biology and a PhD in public administration. He has more than 30 years of public-sector experience. As an academic he publishes about meta- and transgovernance. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability of the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA and research fellow at the Department of Governance Studies at the Free University, Amsterdam.
He was (2010-2011) Project director of the TransGov project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany, director of the Netherlands Advisory Council for Research on Nature, Environment and Spatial Planning (RMNO)(2002-2009), and head of unit and project director at the Netherlands Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (1991-2001). More