Personal profile

Personal profile


Roel is currently doing a PhD research project under supervision of Wageningen University. He is studying how people organise themselves for taking collective action on sustainability and is particularly focusing on the energy transition and local energy cooperatives. His interest lies in people’s everyday talk and how they produce and manage psychological notions in their discursive interactions. Conversation analysis and discursive psychology are on that account his main analytical approaches.


He gives a course of lectures on research methodology in the Master International Communication, in which he specifically focuses on qualitative research and the use of software for qualitative data analysis. In addition, he organises a Pressure Cooker Week for this educational programme. During five intensive days, students start developing a research proposal for their dissertation. The Pressure Cooker Week is a joined activity for students from all four international partner universities of the Geert Hofstede Consortium.


Roel graduated from Wageningen University and holds a BSc and a MSc degree Applied Communication Science. His minors focused on climate change adaptation, and in particular on water management and disaster risk reduction. During his studies, he was always interested in the social aspects of innovation and socio-technical systems in transition. He paid special attention to interpersonal communication for creating space for change.


Education / Academic qualification

Communication, Bachelor of Science, Wageningen University

Communication, Master of Science, Wageningen University

External positions

External PhD Candidate, Strategic Communication Group, Sub-department Communication, Philosophy and Technology, Wageningen University

1 Jun 20161 Jun 2020


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Discursive Psychology
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Sustainability Studies
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Global Change
  • Climate Change
  • Water Management
  • Disaster Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Water Management
  • Sustainability Studies

Activities 2016 2017

  • 14 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Groningen Energy Summer School 2017

van Veen, R. (Participant)
17 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Research Methodology 1

van Veen, R. (Organiser)
11 Sep 201717 Oct 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Charrette Hollum

van Veen, R. (Participant)
14 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Charrette Buren

van Veen, R. (Participant)
18 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

WE-Energy Game Meerkracht

van Veen, R. (Speaker)
20 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course