Jeroen van der Heijden (c) Jeroen van der Heijden
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Professor Jeroen van der Heijden (Australian National University, School of Regulation and Global Governance) is an internationally recognized expert on urban climate governance and regulatory governance. He has held positions at Victoria University of Wellington (School of Government), the University of Amsterdam (College of Law), Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management), and Wageningen University (Environmental Policy Group). He received a PhD in Public Administration (highest honors) in 2009 and an MSc in Architecture (high distinction) in 2002, both from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Jeroen's research focuses on actions, activities, and governance approaches that catalyze the transition towards post-carbon cities. His current work continues his earlier large-scale, international comparative projects on urban climate governance involving cities from developed economies and low- and middle-income countries. These projects map and explore which governance trajectories and climate actions are most effective in accelerating the transition to climate-resilient, sustainable, and regenerative cities. They were funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Australian Research Council. Publications from these programs include Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (Edward Elgar, 2014), Innovations in Urban Climate Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Urban Climate Politics: Agency and Empowerment (Cambridge University Press, 2019; edited with Bulkeley and Certomà).

Jeroen is also interested in how individuals and collectives can self-govern and be governed towards desirable societal outcomes. In his previous role as the inaugural Chair in Regulatory Practice at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, he collaborated with the New Zealand government to improve regulatory governance design and implementation, including Regulatory Stewardship, in various policy areas. This involved upskilling New Zealand government staff through credentialed and non-credentialed training programs, a blog (, and a YouTube channel ( He also provided practical advice on urban climate governance as a member of the Building Advisory Panel of the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, and the Regulatory Service Stakeholder Reference Group of the City of Auckland.

He has published extensively on urban climate governance and regulatory governance, including over 80 peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals. His academic appointments include: Associate Editor of the Earth Systems Governance journal; Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning; Editorial Board Member of Environmental Hazards; Editorial Board Member of Buildings & Cities.

As an educator, Jeroen teaches courses on (urban) policy and governance and methodological projects at universities worldwide. As a consultant, he has advised government departments and agencies in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, as well as the European Commission.

The complete list of his publications is available here, and more information on his research can be found here.



Research interests

Areas of interest:
  • Post-carbon cities
  • Urban climate governance
  • Regulatory governance

Empirical focus

  • Governance for urban sustainability
  • Governance for urban resilience
  • Climate change and environmental policies

Methodological interest:

  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • Comparative method (and how to strengthen it)

Education/Academic qualification

Public Administration, PhD, Delft University of Technolog

Award Date: 9 Mar 2009

Architecture, Master, Delft University of Technolog

Award Date: 20 Dec 2002

External Scholarly Memberships and Affiliations

Associate Editor, Earth Systems Governance journal

Editorial Board member, Environmental Policy & Planning

Editorial Board member, Environmental Hazards

Editorial Board member, Buildings & Cities


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