Frans Padt, Ph.D.
- Ph.D. in Political Sciences of the Environment, Radboud University Nijmegen (2007)
- M.S. in Environmental Hydrology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1988)
Frans Padt has more than 25 years experience in community and regional environmental planning as a researcher, educator, policymaker, and consultant. He received his Ph.D. in Political Sciences of the Environment from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 2007.
Currently he teaches in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Frans was trained in environmental hydrology and has since then developed a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. He teaches and conducts research along three lines. The first line includes the technical aspects of planning such as land use inventory and analysis, comprehensive planning, zoning, community engagement, and the relationship with design. The second line includes the political, institutional, and leadership aspects of planning. Focus areas are sustainable development, water management, urbanization, and landscape design, that are understood in the context of political processes at different levels of scale. His particular interest is how leaders can deal with institutional opportunities and constraints. The third line includes the relationship between knowledge (including scientific knowledge) and public decision making. The focus here is to prepare students to make an impact through research, planning, and design in an often messy world of policymaking.
Member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA).
Current research: "Teaching Critical Reflection in Science-Citizen Interaction" (Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, PI).
Current and Recent Courses
- CED 409 - Land Use Planning and Procedure
- CED 155 - Science, Technology and Public Policy
- CED 309 - Land Use Dynamics
- CED 427W - Society and Natural Resources
- CED 152 - Community Development Concepts and Practice
- CEDEV 500 - Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice
- CEDEV 509 - Population, Land Use, and Municipal Finance
- LARCH 311/321/530 - Regional Planning and Landscape Systems
- LARCH 312/322/540 - Site and Community Design
- LARCH 414 - Advanced Landscape Architectural Design
- LARCH 424/510 - Design Theory Seminar "Designing with Scale"
- LARCH 497/510 - Landscape Architecture Seminar "The Role of the Landscape Architect"
- LARCH 590 - Colloquium "Design Geographies" and "Critical Planning"
- STS 101 - Modern Science, Technology, and Human Values
- HDNRE 590 - Human Dimensions in Natural Resources and the Environment Colloquium
- Advising: CEDEV, LArch, HDNRE, Schreyer Honors (>20 students).
Recent Selected Publications
Padt, F.J.G. (2015). How to scale a territory: Experiences from the United States. Invited contribution to J. Dessein, E. Battaglini & L.G. Horlings (eds.), Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development. Theories and practices of territorialisation, pp. 162-175. Routledge.
F.J.G. Padt & N. Korostoff (accepted). Imagining alternative landscapes for Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey. Critical Planning.
Padt, F.J.G., A.E. Luloff, J. Bridger & M. Bose (submitted). Science and citizens in regional planning education.
Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P., Polman, N., Termeer, C. (eds.) (2014). Scale-Sensitive Governance of the Environment. Edited volume. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
Padt, F.J.G. & B. Arts (2014). The concept of scale. In: Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P., Polman, N., Termeer, C. (eds.), Scale-sensitive Governance of the Environment, pp. 1-16. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P., Polman, N., Termeer, C. (2014). Synthesis and perspectives for a new research field. In: Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P., Polman, N., Termeer, C. (eds.), Scale-sensitive Governance of the Environment, pp.302-317. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
Padt, F.J.G., A.E. Luloff, J. Bridger & M. Bose, Leadership in knowledge exchange for regional development: An educational perspective. Seminar "Exploring Varieties of Leadership in Urban and Regional Development", November 12-13, 2015, University of Birmingham, UK.
Padt, F.J.G, Territorialization as a tool for change. 21st International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, June 13-18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.
F.J.G. Padt, Scale research in an interdisciplinary setting, keynote at the 2014-15 Annual Symposium of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning, May 7, 2015 at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Korostoff, N. & F.J.G. Padt, Scalar narratives in Turkish irrigation practices. International conference “Irrigation, Society, Landscape; Tribute to T.F. Glick) from September 25-27, 2014 at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain).
Padt, F.J.G., The Scale of Engagement, Penn State Community and Economic Development Graduate Program 2014 Summer Institute, July 17, 2014.
Padt, F.J.G., Scale-Sensitive Governance of the Environment. M.E. John seminar, April 4, 2014, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, Penn State University.
Padt, F.J.G., A.E. Luloff, J. Bridger, Science and citizenship in natural resources education. 10th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources (BCUENR), March 13-15, 2014 at Auburn University, AL.
Padt, F.J.G. & Luloff, A.E., Organized session: "Using Science in Natural Resources Management", 19th International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, Estes Park Center, Colorado (USA), June 4-8, 2013.
Padt, F.J.G & A.E. Luloff, Contested Knowledges in Natural Resource Management, 18th International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), June 17-21, 2012.
Padt, F.J.G., contribution to the panel discussion "What is community sustainability?", Penn State Community and Economic Development Graduate Program 2012 Summer Institute, May 14, 2012.
Padt, F.J.G., The governance of landscapes and livelihoods. What can citizens do?, 16th International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, Madison, Wisconsin (USA), June 4-8, 2011.
Padt, F.J.G., Doing scaling and governance analysis, Scaling and Governance Conference, Wageningen UR (Netherlands), November 10-12, 2010.
Weigle, J., A.E. Luloff & F.J.G. Padt, Scale-sensitive policies towards natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania, USA, Scaling and Governance Conference, Wageningen UR (Netherlands), November 10-12, 2010.
Padt, F.J.G., Scaling and governance, contribution to the panel discussion "Scale in Multilevel Governance" Université de Genève (Switzerland), June 16, 2010.
Padt, F.J.G. & J. Westerink, Scaling and governance in peri-urban areas. Matching operational, observational and interpretative scales for effective governance in a case study in The Netherlands, 16th International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, Corpus Christi, Texas (USA), June 6-10, 2010.
Horlings, I. & F.J.G. Padt, Leadership for sustainable rural development in a globalizing world, 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in Vienna (Austria), July 5-8, 2009.
Padt, F.J.G., Integrated water resource management in semi-authoritarian regimes: Lip-service or real progress?, workshop Water Policy Dynamics in State-Centric Regimes, Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (Germany), March 24-25, 2009.
Trainer for the course How to institutionalize ‘best’ water management practices? Training course developed for the 5th World Water Forum Learning Centre in Istanbul (Turkey), March 16-22, 2009.
Moderator workshop Best practices in international water management, International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN), Barcelona (Spain), October 2-3, 2008.
Moderator session Environmentalism and the United States at the 16th National Amerikanistendag at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), March 17, 2008.
Padt, F.J.G. & A.E. Luloff, A critical review of a managerial approach to community and resource development in the USA and the Netherlands, the XXII European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Wageningen (the Netherlands), 20-24 August, 2007.