Dr Jeroen van der Heijden (born 1977) is an assistant professor of environmental governance.
He received an MSc in Architecture (HD equivalent) in 2002 and a PhD in public policy (highest honours, top 5%) in 2009 — both from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He currently holds positions at the Australian National University, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet); and the Amsterdam Law School at the University of Amsterdam.
Dr Van der Heijden’s main research interest is in the theory and practice of environmental governance.
His current research is driven by questions such as: How can we achieve sustainability without the force of law? Why are free markets often unable to achieve a meaningful improvement of environmental performance? Whether is collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society a fruitful approach to address environmental problems? In particular, he seeks to understand why the often normative assumptions of new, collaborative and experimental forms of environmental governance are not realized in practice.
Dr Van der Heijden has a track record of outstanding publications.
Since 2008, he has published 25 articles in peer reviewed journals, and another 10 in policy and practitioners’ journals. He has published four books, seven book chapters, and currently has two books in preparation. Most of his publications are freely accessible.