Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
As a doctoral student her research project aims to develop a better understanding of how living labs, as institutional platforms for open innovation, develop and function within governance structures and how they contribute to the development of innovative climate adaptation solutions, especially in the context of waterways. Maria’s research interests lie at the junction of public participation, urban planning, urban design and policy making.
Maria Alina Radulescu is a PhD student affiliated with the Rijkswaterstaat and the Department of Planning at the University of Groningen. She completed her bachelor studies in Urban Planning and Design at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Romania, in 2010. Maria holds a MSc in European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy from Cardiff University and a MSc in Spatial Planning from Radboud University Nijmegen as a result of graduating the Erasmus Mundus Planet Europe master programme with the thesis “The impacts od second home tourism: a local residents’ perspective. A case study on Cheia, Romania”. Prior to starting her doctorate, she worked for more than 6 years as a planning officer and urban planner on masterplans, land-use plans and planning regulations in Romania.