Jeroen van der Heijden

Honorary Professor
Climate and Environmental Governance Network (CEGNET)


Master's Degree in Architecture, Delft University of Technology; PhD in public administration (with highest honors), Delft University of Techn

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Professor Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural Chair of Regulatory Practice at the School of Governance, University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Government) and Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, the Australian National University, Australia.

He works at the intersection of regulation and governance, with a specific interest in regulatory stewardship and dynamic governance regimes. The Chair’s research aims to help to find suitable local, national and international governance responses to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: urbanization, climate change, resource depletion, and growing inequalities across the world population.

Since 2011, Professor van der Heijden has lead three large-scale international comparative research projects on urban climate governance, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Australian Research Council. He will continue this research track as part of the Chair’s work. Jeroen has published widely on regulation and governance, including urban climate governance, including six books and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His CV is available here:

Whilst at the ANU, Professor van der Heijden maintained a blog on urban climate governance ( and at the University of Wellington, he maintains a blog on regulation and governance (

Research interests:

Regulation and governance; regulatory regimes (command and control, hybrids and voluntarism); regulatory enforcement; voluntary environmental programs.

Empirical focus: Governance for urban sustainability; governance for urban and resilience; climate change and environmental policies.

Methodological interest:

The comparative method (and how to strengthen it); Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

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