Regulatory stewardship: will it strengthen Aotearoa/New Zealand’s social license to regulate?


Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 16 July 2019


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Jeroen van der Heijden


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

In this seminar, Professor Jeroen van der Heijden will explore the concept of regulatory stewardship. The idea of regulatory stewardship was introduced in Aotearoa/New Zealand in the early 2010s as part of its regulatory reform. What regulatory stewardship could look like, and how to achieve it, is not yet crystal clear. This holds not only for Aotearoa/New Zealand: to date, the notion of stewardship has had limited attention in regulatory scholarship.

The notion of stewardship is, however, common to legal scholars (e.g., constitutional stewardship), environmental scholars (e.g., environmental stewardship) and management scholars (e.g., stewardship theory). The notion of stewardship also has been central to many spiritual and religious ethics, and political and moral philosophy. Building on insights from a range of disciplines and first-hand insights from stakeholders in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Professor Jeroen van der Heijden:

• positions the idea of regulatory stewardship in the history of regulatory governance;

• questions what regulatory stewardship is and could be in Aotearoa/New Zealand and elsewhere; and,

• argues that regulatory stewardship is a logical and desirable next step in global regulatory reforms.

About the speaker

Professor Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural Chair in Regulatory Practice at the Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand (School of Government). He works at the intersection of public governance and regulation, with a specific interest in regulatory stewardship and dynamic governance regimes. His work is organised around innovations in regulation and how good regulatory practice can deliver on Aotearoa/New Zealand’s critical policy objectives. This allows him to draw lessons from Aotearoa/New Zealand and elsewhere to improve regulation and its impact on economic and social performance, and to showcase the state-of-the-art in regulatory practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand to the rest of the world. He holds an Honorary Professor position at the Australian National University (School of Regulation and Global Governance), and previously held positions at the University of Amsterdam (College of Law), Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management), and Wageningen University (Environmental Policy Group). He has published widely on regulation and governance, including five books and over 60 articles in leading academic journals. Books include Urban Climate Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2019, with Bulkeley and Certomà) Innovations in Urban Climate Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (Edward Elgar, 2014).

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