Jeroen van der Heijden

Research Fellow
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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Jeroen van der Heijden

Dr Jeroen van der Heijden (1977) is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), and an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Law School. He received his PhD in Public Administration (highest honours)in 2009, and his MSc in Architecture (high distinction) in 2002, both from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Jeroen works at the intersections of regulation and governance, policy change, and urban development and transformation. His research aims to improve local, national and international outcomes of urban governance on some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change, energy and water use, and a growing and increasingly urbanising world population. Through his work Jeroen seeks to inform ongoing academic debates on these challenges, as well as to provide hands-on lessons to policy makers and practitioners on how to govern urban sustainability and resilience on a day to day basis.

He has a track record of outstanding publications (see below), and maintains an urban sustainability and resilience blog on which he regularly discusses his research findings.

In 2014, Jeroen was awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA grant to continue his work on governance for urban sustainability and resilience for the period 2015-2018. In 2011, he was awarded a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research VENI grant (the “Dutch DECRA”) for the period 2012-2015. In carrying out his VENI research project he has been studying over 60 voluntary programmes for increased urban sustainability and resilience in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United States and Singapore. The research builds on interviews with over 200 key-stakeholders belonging to these voluntary programmes.

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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