Monthly Archives: October 2018

How lobby organizations engage in the policy-making process


Policy changes and initiatives are often triggered by the stakeholders that are going to be affected by those future policies. Citizens and smaller stakeholders often have very limited influence over the process of policy-making. But what is the structure of networks in which lobby organizations operate? A new article published in Applied Network Science provides a first step in the understanding of how lobby organizations engage in the policy making process.

Leading for energy change within an illiberal democracy


Change doesn’t happen spontaneously. Any social or sociotechnical changes require some form of pressure to be exerted. Pressure can come from policy entrepreneurs within, or civil society voices outside of the governing body. However, in some societies, voices for change may not be free to be heard, or may even be suppressed. So how to develop change in such societies? A new article examines potential protected transition spaces for policy development within illiberal democracies, such as Ecuador.

What makes a STEM teacher? Developing identities of STEM teachers at emerging STEM schools


What kind of picture of a STEM teacher do you have? El Nagdi and colleagues attempted to answer this question by conducting a study with participants of emerging STEM schools in the US, published in the International Journal of STEM Education. Since STEM schools are a recent initiative, a STEM teacher is a learning, developing and multi-disciplinary-oriented not yet defined kind of person.