Jeroen van der Heijden

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.



Jeroen van der Heijden, Harriet Bulkeley, and Chiara Certomà (eds) (2019) Urban Climate Politics: Agency and Empowerment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Jeroen van der Heijden (2017) Innovations in Urban Climate Governance: Voluntary Programs for Low-Carbon Buildings and Cities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Jeroen van der Heijden (2014) Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Responding to Climate Change and the Role of the Built Environment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Recent peer-reviewed journal articles

Jeroen van der Heijden (early view online) “Urban climate governance informed by behavioural insights: A commentary and research agenda.”, Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098019864002

Jeroen van der Heijden, Alexandra Cherkasheva and Olesya Luckman (early view online) “Urban climate governance in Russia: Insights from Moscow and St Petersburg.”, Journal of Urban Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/07352166.2019.1617036

Jeroen van der Heijden, Evert Lindquist, Adam Wellstead and Johanna Kuhlmann (early view online) “Have Policy Process Scholars Embraced Causal Mechanisms? A Review of Five Popular Frameworks.”, Public Policy and Administration, DOI: 10.1177/0952076718814894

Jeroen van der Heijden (2020) “Understanding voluntary program performance: Introducing the diffusion network perspective”, Regulation and Governance, 14(1), 44-62.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Voluntary urban climate programmes: Should city governments be involved and, if so, how?”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(3), 446-465.

Ryan Wong and Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Avoidance of conflicts and trade-offs: A challenge for the policy integration of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”, Sustainable Development, 27(5), 838-845

Sara Burch, Aarti Gupta, … Jeroen van der Heijden, et al. (2019) “New Directions in Earth System Governance Research.”, Earth System Governance, 1(1) article 100006

Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Studying urban climate governance: Where to begin, what to look for, and how to make a meaningful contribution?”, Earth System Governance, 1(1), article 100005.

Taedong Lee and Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Does the knowledge economy advance the green economy? An evaluation of green jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the U.S.”, Energy and Environment, 30(1), 141-155.

Gregory Trencher and Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Instrument interactions and relationships in policy mixes: Achieving complementarity in building energy efficiency policies in New York, Sydney and Tokyo.”, Energy Research & Social Science, 54(August), 34-45.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) logic and tools for theory testing and development in a medium-n urban climate governance research”, SAGE Research Methods Cases, Part 2(1), 1-17, DOI: 10.4135/9781526466259

Marc Wolfram, Jeroen van der Heijden, James Patterson, and Sirkku Juhola (2019) “Learning in urban climate governance: Concepts, issues and challenges.”, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(1), 1-15.

Gregory Trencher and Jeroen van der Heijden (2019) “Complementary but also contradictory: National and local imaginaries in Japan and Fukushima around transitions to hydrogen and renewables.”, Energy Research & Social Science, 49(March), 209-218.

Jeroen van der Heijden, James Patterson, Sirkku Juhola, and Marc Wolfram (2019) “Advancing the role of cities in climate governance: Promise, limits, politics.”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(3), 365-373.

Jeroen van der Heijden and Johanna Kuhlmann (2018) “Assessing policy knowledge: A systematic review of three theoretical approaches that are applied to cases of policy change”, European Policy Analysis, 4(1), 72-93.

Jeroen van der Heijden (2018) “From leaders to majority: A frontrunner paradox in built-environment climate governance experimentation?”, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61(8), 1383-1401.

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.