Jeroen van der Heijden

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Chair in Regulatory Practice School of Government


  • MSc, PhD (Delft University of Technology)

Research interests

How can we achieve desired societal outcomes in areas such as city planning, healthcare and agriculture without the traditional force of law? What strategies are required for government and others to excel in regulatory stewardship? Whether is experimentation and collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society a requirement to boost governance performance?


Professor Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural Chair of Regulatory Practice at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Government). 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 finding suitable local, national and international governance responses to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change, resource depletion, and growing inequalities across the world population.

Professor van der Heijden previously held positions at the Australian National University (School of Regulation and Global Governance), 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 honours) in 2009, and a MSc in Architecture (high distinction) in 2002, both from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

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.


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Jeroen van der Heijden and Johanna Kuhlmann (in press) “Assessing policy knowledge: A systematic review of three theoretical approaches that are applied to cases of policy change”, European Policy Analysis.

Jeroen van der Heijden (early view online) “Voluntary urban climate programmes: Should city governments be involved and, if so, how?”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 0.1080/09640568.2017.14063443.

Jeroen van der Heijden (early view online) “Understanding voluntary program performance: Introducing the diffusion network perspective”, Regulation and Governance, DOI: 10.1111/rego.12192

Jeroen van der Heijden (early view online) “From leaders to majority: A frontrunner paradox in built-environment climate governance experimentation?”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1350147

Jeroen van der Heijden (2018) “The limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings for staying under 1.5°C”, COSUST: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 30(February), 59-66.

Johanna Kuhlmann and Jeroen van der Heijden (2018) “What is known about Punctuated Equilibrium Theory? What does that tell us about the construction, validation and replication of knowledge in the policy sciences?”, Review of Policy Research,35(2), 326-347.

Adriana Sanchez, Jeroen van der Heijden, and Paul Osmond (2018) “The City Politics of the Urban Age: A Literature Review of Urban Resilience Conceptualisations and Policies”, Palgrave Communications, 4 (The Politics of an Urban Age collection), article 25.

Jeroen van der Heijden and Johanna Kuhlmann (2017) “Studying Incremental institutional change: A systematic and critical meta-analysis of the literature from 2005 to 2015”, Policy Studies Journal, 45(3), 535-554.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2017) “Eco-financing for low-carbon buildings and cities: Value and limits”, Urban Studies, 54(12), 2894-2909.

Huiqi Yan, Jeroen van der Heijden, and Benjamin van Rooij (2017) Symmetric and asymmetric motivations for compliance and violation: A crisp set qualitative comparative analysis (csQCA).” Regulation and Governance, 11(1), 64-80.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2017) “Brighter and darker sides of intermediation: Target-oriented and self-interested intermediaries in the regulatory governance of buildings”, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 670(1), 207-224.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2016) “Opportunitie and Risks of the ‘New Urban Governance’ in India: To what extent can it help addressing pressing Environmental problems?” Journal of Environment and Development, 25(3), 251-275.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2016) “The new governance for low-carbon buildings:Mapping, exploring, interrogating.” Building Research and Information, 44(5-6), 575-584.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2016) “Experimental governance for low-carbon buildings and cities: Value and limits of local action networks.” Cities, 53(April), 1-7.

Huiqi Yan, Benjamin van Rooij, Jeroen van der Heijden (2016) “The Enforcement–Compliance Paradox in China's Environmental Governance: Pesticide Regulation and the Matching of Regulatory Priorities to Compliance Motivations.” China Information, 30(2), 209-231; shortlisted

for 2016 best article award

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “What roles are there for government in voluntary environmental programs?” Environmental Policy and Governance, 25(5), 303-315.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) "On the potential of voluntary environmental programmes for the built environment: A critical analysis of LEED." Journal of Housing and the Built Environment,30(4), 553-567.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “The role of government in voluntary environmental programs: A fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis.” Public Administration, 93(3), 576-592.

Huiqi Yan, Benjamin van Rooij, and Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) Contextual Compliance: Situational and Subjective Cost-Benefit Decisions about Pesticides by Chinese Farmers.” Law and Policy, 37(3), 240-263.

Mark Kosters and Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “From Mechanism to Virtue: Evaluating Nudge-Theory.” Evaluation, 21(3), 276-291.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “Interacting state and non-state actors in hybrid settings of public service delivery.” Administration & Society, 47(2), 9-121.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “Regulatory failures, split-incentives, conflicting interests and a vicious circle of blame: The New Environmental Governance to the rescue?” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58(6), 1034-1057.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “What ‘works’ in environmental policy-design? Lessons from experiments in the Australian and Dutch building sectors.” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 17(1), 44-64.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2015) “Voluntary programmes for building retrofits: opportunities, performance and challenges.” Building Research & Information, 35(3), 12-31.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2014) “What role is there for the state in contemporary governance? Insights from the Dutch building sector.” Recht der Werkelijkheid, 35(3), 12-31.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2014) “Experimentation in policy-design: Insights from the building sector”, Policy Sciences , 47(3), 249-266.

Jeroen van der Heijden , Ernst ten Heuvelhof, Sonja van de Arend, Bertien Broekhans, Ellen van Bueren, Casper Harteveld and Theo van Ruijven (2014) “Contrasting stories on overcoming governance challenges: The implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands.” Local Environment, 19(3), 318-333.

Jeroen van der Heijden and Ernst ten Heuvelhof (2013) “Coping with mandated public participation: The case of implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands.” Perspectives on European Policy and Society, 14(4) 403-417.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2013) “Is new governance the silver bullet? Insights from the Australian buildings sector.” Urban Policy and Research, 1(4), 453-471.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2013) “‘Governing Governance’: zware kost in een Jip-en-Janneke-jasje” (Governing Governance: Serious theorising presented lightly). Bestuurskunde 22(4), 83-88.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2013) “Voluntary environmental governance arrangements in the Australian building sector”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 48(3), 349-365.

Jeroen van der Heijden and Ellen van Bueren (2013) Regulating Sustainable construction in Europe: An inquiry into the European Commission's harmonization attempts. Int. Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 5(1), 5-20.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2013) “Greening the building sector: Roles for building surveyors.” Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, 2 1), 4-32.