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Femke Merkx

Senior researcher
Femke Merkx is senior researcher Climate and Innovation.


Femke focuses on the Climate and Innovation theme and deals with, among other things, the knowledge ecosystem for long-term radioactive waste disposal. 

Education and career

Femke studied Molecular Sciences at the University of Wageningen and Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society at the University of Twente. There she subsequently obtained her PhD with a dissertation on the social embedding of new medical genetic technology. She previously worked at the Rathenau Institute (2005-2011), at which time she conducted research on the societal impact of climate research programmes and methods and techniques for inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration. From 2011 to 2023, she worked as an independent researcher, trainer, consultant and facilitator within her own company Knowledge Creation, Research & Consultancy. The common thread in her portfolio of assignments was to make a connection between research, practice and policy.