Can progress be made towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands when they are largely absent from Dutch politics? Maya Bogers, Francesco Montesano, and Melanie van Driel argue that Members of Parliament who have ‘adopted’ individual goals might provide the answer.
An increasing number of scholars want to campaign for positive change outside the academic echo chamber, but overlook their own evidence when they refuse to engage with any view not exclusively based on science. Francesco S. Montesano argues that this will only deepen the gap between ‘experts’ and the rest of society
PhD Candidate, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
Within the project, Francesco studies the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals at the international level, drawing on international relations theory to develop frameworks to analyse change in discourse and policies.
He holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and throughout his academic and professional career he has specialised in international relations, global governance and foreign policy analysis.
Prior to joining Utrecht University, Francesco worked as a researcher at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague and at the College of Europe in Bruges.