PepijnVan Eeden

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Pepijn van Eeden grew up in the Netherlands and received his B.A. in History from the University of Amsterdam (2010). He developed an interest for contemporary politics and the central and eastern European region, which lead to a M.A. in Eastern European Studies (2012, with honours). His final thesis dealt with the history of political ecology in the former Warsaw pact and CIS countries.

In 20123, he took up an internship as the assistant of the international director of De Helling (2012/13), the Dutch green political foundation. This involved him in a number of collaborative projects in support of green formations and parties in the non-EU centre and east (mostly following the EaP framework). It further developed his expertise on green politics in CEE, and lead to a position at the European Green Party (2013/14). Here he assisted the EGP Secretary General in the ‘Membership Revision' of parties and groups from Europe's east.

A craving for further intellectual development propelled Pepijn into his current PhD research. His research is embedded in the Centre d’étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and aims at a series of articles on political ecology and green party politics outside of Europe’s ‘core’ (see below). The project is supervised by Jean-Michel Dewaele.

From September to December 2014, Pepijn van Eeden taught a master’s thesis training course to the international students in International Relations and Political Science at ULB. He attended intensive courses on Interpretive Interviewing, CAQDAS, and ethnomethodology at the ECPR Summer and Winter Schools. Next to his scholarly engagements, Pepijn publishes regularly in dailies (Trouw), new media platforms (De Correspondent, DeWereldMorgen, Verspers) and political platforms (Oikos, Vlam, De Helling).

His interests include: political ecology / (non-Western-European) green parties / environmental politics / East-West dynamics in Europe / European and world history / narrative and discourse analysis / interpretive political science / post-constructivism / empirical ontology / interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) / Discourse Historical Approach (DHA) / ethnomethodology / political theory / democratic theory / left-Schmittianism / actor-network theory (ANT) /

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Présentation des recherches

Depoliticising Ecology in Central and Eastern Europe. The Rise of the European Green Chasm.

October 2014 – October 2018


conducted by:

· Pepijn van Eeden, M.A, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Centre d'étude de la vie politique (Cevipol).



 supervised by:

· Jean-Michel Dewaele (Professor of Political Science, Vice-Rector of student affairs, social policy and institutional relations, ULB)

· Emilie Van Haute (Lecturer of Political Science, Deputy Director of the Cevipol, ULB)

· Carlos Reijnen (Assistant Professor of East European studies, Programme Director MA European Studies, University of Amsterdam)

 occasional external partners:

· Green Group of the European Parliament (GGEP)

· Green European Foundation (GEF)

· European Green Party (GEF)

In Europe, political ecology was never merely confined to its western half. In the centre and eastern of Europe (CEE), for example, it was an important part of the anti-communist opposition that engulfed the region during the late 1980s. Ever since CEE has on many issues converged with western Europe: the region adopted multi-party democracy and free market principles, and meanwhile shares plenty of (environmental) policy with western Europe under the acquis communautaire. Notwithstanding, green politics has not further developed but instead retreated compared to the late 1980s and early 1990s. How is the emergence of the European ‘green chasm’ best understood?

Easy answers are often given in terms of a lack of ‘postmaterial values’ in CEE in function of retarded ‘development’. Another typical but opposite response is that of a ‘neo-colonial West’, obstructing local forms of political ecology. This research shows how both responses are empirically problematic. It proposes to take some steps ‘deeper into the abstraction’, as Latour (2005) has called it, to come to a better and more productive understanding. The research is empirically multi-modal, but focussed mostly on an extensive number of in-depth interviews with key actors from the 1980s and 1990s, apposite (de)politicisation theory and secondary historical sources.