Dr Jeroen van der Heijden

Research Fellow
School of Regulation and Global Governance

Professor Jeroen van der Heijden is the inaugural Chair of Regulatory Practice at the School of Governance, University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Government) and Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, the Australian National University, Australia.

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 to find suitable local, national and international governance responses to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: urbanization, climate change, resource depletion, and growing inequalities across the world population.

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 has published widely on regulation and governance, including urban climate governance, including six books and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His CV is available here: http://jeroenvanderheijden.net/Jeroen_van_der_Heijden_CV_and_publications.pdf

Whilst at the ANU, Professor van der Heijden maintained a blog on urban climate governance (http://urbansustainabilityresilience.wordpress.com/) and at the University of Wellington, he maintains a blog on regulation and governance (https://regulatoryfrontlines.wordpress.com/).

Research interests

Areas of interest:
  • 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 resilience
  • Climate change and environmental policies

Methodological interest:

  • Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
  • Comparative method (and how to strengthen it)
  • Please note: the below list are academic (peer reviewed) publications only. For a full overview see: http://www.jeroenvanderheijden.net/Jeroen_van_der_Heijden_CV_and_publica...
  • van der Heijden, J & Hong, S 2020, 'Urban Climate Governance Experimentation in Seoul: Science, Politics, or a Little of Both? [IN PRESS]', Urban Affairs Review, vol. online.
  • van der Heijden, J 2020, 'Understanding voluntary program performance: Introducing the diffusion network perspective', Regulation & Governance, vol. 14, pp. 44-62.
  • van der Heijden, J, Kuhlmann, J, Lindquist, E et al 2019, 'Have policy process scholars embraced causal mechanisms? A review of five popular frameworks [IN PRESS]', Public Policy and Administration, vol. online.
  • Trencher, G, van der Heijden, J 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, vol. 54, pp. 34-45.
  • van der Heijden, J, Patterson, J et al 2019, 'Special section: advancing the role of cities in climate governance - promise, limits, politics', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 365-373.
  • Lee, T & van der Heijden, J 2019, 'Does the knowledge economy advance the green economy? An evaluation of green jobs in the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the United States', Energy and Environment, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 141-155.
  • van der Heijden, J 2018, 'Voluntary urban climate programmes: should city governments be involved and, if so, how?', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 446-465.
  • Sanchez, A, van der Heijden, J & Osmond, P 2018, 'The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies', palgrave communications, vol. 4, no. 25, pp. 12pp.
  • van der Heijden, J 2018, 'The limits of voluntary programs for low-carbon buildings for staying under 1.5 degrees C', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 30, pp. 59-66.
  • Kuhlmann, J & van der Heijden, J 2018, 'What Is Known about Punctuated Equilibrium Theory? And What Does That Tell Us about the Construction, Validation, and Replication of Knowledge in the Policy Sciences?', Review of Policy Research, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 326-347.
  • van der Heijden, J & Kuhlmann, J 2018, 'Assessing policy knowledge: A systematic review of three theoretical approaches that are applied to cases of policy change', European Policy Analysis, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 72-93.
  • van der Heijden, J 2018, 'City and Subnational Governance: High Ambitions, Innovative Instruments and Polycentric Collaborations?', in Andrew Jordan, Dave Huitema, Harro Van Asselt and Johanna Forster (ed.), Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 81-96.
  • van der Heijden, J & Kuhlmann, J 2017, 'Studying Incremental Institutional Change: A Systematic and Critical Meta-Review of the Literature from 2005 to 2015', Policy Studies Journal, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 535-554pp.
  • van der Heijden, J 2017, 'Urban sustainability and resilience', in Peter Drahos (ed.), Regulatory Theory: Foundations And Applications, ANU ePress, Canberra, Australia, pp. 725-740pp.
  • van der Heijden, J 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, vol. 670, no. 1, pp. 207-224pp.
  • van der Heijden, J 2017, 'Eco-financing for low-carbon buildings and cities: Value and limits', Urban Studies, vol. 54, no. 12, pp. 2894-2909.
  • van der Heijden, J 2016, 'Opportunities and Risks of the "New Urban Governance" in India: To What Extent Can It Help Addressing Pressing Environmental Problems?', Journal of Environment and Development, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 251-275.
  • Yan, H, Van Rooij, B & van der Heijden, J 2016, 'The enforcement-compliance paradox: Implementation of pesticide regulation in China', China Information, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 209-231.
  • van der Heijden, J 2016, 'The new governance for low-carbon buildings: mapping, exploring, interrogating', Building Research and Information, vol. 44, no. 5-6, pp. 575-584.
  • van der Heijden, J 2016, 'Experimental governance for low-carbon buildings and cities: Value and limits of local action networks', Cities: the international journal of urban policy and planning, vol. 53, pp. 1-7.
  • Yan, H, van Rooij, B & van der Heijden, J 2015, 'Contextual Compliance: Situational and Subjective Cost-Beneï¬?t Decisions about Pesticides by Chinese Farmers', Law & Policy, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 240-263.
  • van der Heijden, J 2015, 'The role of government in Voluntary Environmental Programmes: A fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis', Public Administration, vol. 93, no. 3, pp. 576-592.
  • van der Heijden, J 2015, 'What Roles are There for Government in Voluntary Environmental Programmes?', Environmental Policy and Governance, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 303-315.
  • Kosters, M & van der Heijden, J 2015, 'From mechanism to virtue: Evaluating Nudge theory', Evaluation, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 276-291.
  • van der Heijden, J 2015, 'Interacting State and Non-State Actors in Hybrid Settings of Public Service Delivery', Administration and Society, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 99-121.
  • van der Heijden, J 2015, 'Voluntary programmes for building retrofits: Opportunities, performance and challenges', Building Research and Information, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 170-184.
  • van der Heijden, J 2015, 'What 'Works' in Environmental Policy-Design? Lessons from Experiments in the Australian and Dutch Building Sectors', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 44-64.
  • van der Heijden, J 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, vol. 58, no. 6, pp. 1034-1057.
  • van der Heijden, J 2014, 'Selecting Cases and Inferential Types in Comparative Public Policy Research', in Isabelle Engeli and Christine Rothmayr Allison (ed.), Comparative Policy Studies: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Hampshire, UK, pp. 35-56.
  • van der Heijden, J 2014, Governance For Urban Sustainability And Resilience: Responding to Climate Change and the Relevance of the Built Environment, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA.
  • van der Heijden, J 2014, 'What role is there for the state in contemporary governance? Insights from the Dutch building sector', Recht der Werkelijkheid, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 12-31.
  • van der Heijden, J 2014, 'Experimentation in policy design: Insights from the building sector', Policy Sciences, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 249-266.
  • van der Heijden, J, ten Heuvelhof, E, Broekhans, B et al 2014, 'Contrasting stories on overcoming governance challenges: the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands', Local Environment, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 318-333.
  • van der Heijden, J & van Bueren, E 2013, 'Regulating sustainable construction in Europe An inquiry into the European Commission's harmonization attempts', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 5-20.
  • van der Heijden, J 2013, 'Different but equally plausible narratives of policy transformation: A plea for theoretical pluralism', International Political Science Review, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 57-73.
  • van der Heijden, J 2013, 'Is New Governance the Silver Bullet? Insights from the Australian Buildings Sector', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 453-471.
  • van der Heijden, J & ten Heuvelhof, E 2013, 'Coping with Mandated Public Participation: The Case of Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands', Perspectives on European Politics and Society, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 403 - 417.
  • van der Heijden, J 2013, 'Voluntary Environmental Governance Arrangements in the Australian Building Sector', Australian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 349-365.
  • van der Heijden, J 2013, 'Greening the building sector: Roles for building surveyors', Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 24 - 32.
  • van der Heijden, J & ten Heuvelhof, E 2013, 'Coping with mandated public participation: The case of implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands', Perspectives on European Policy and Society, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 403-417.
  • van der Heijden, J 2013, ‘Governing Governance’: zware kost in een Jip-en-Janneke-jasje' (Governing Governance: Serious theorizing presented lightly). Bestuurskunde, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 83-88. (in Dutch)
  • van der Heijden, J & ten Heuvelhof, E 2012, 'The Mechanics of Virtue: Lessons on Public Participation from Implementing the Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands', Environmental Policy and Governance, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 177-188.
  • van der Heijden, J 2012, 'Voluntary Environmental Governance Arrangements', Environmental Politics, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 486-509.
  • van der Heijden, J & van Bueren, E 2011, 'European Sustainable Construction Regulation: Homogeneity and Attention', ANU Centre for European Studies Briefing Paper Series, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 1-16.
  • van der Heijden, J 2011, 'Friends, Enemies, or Strangers? On Relationships between Public and Private Sector Service Providers in Hybrid Forms of Governance', Law and Policy, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 367-390.
  • van der Heijden, J 2011, 'Institutional Layering: A Review of the Use of the Concept', Politics (Oxford), vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 9-18.
  • van der Heijden, J 2010, 'One task, a few approaches, many impacts: Private-sector involvement in Canadian building code enforcement', Canadian Public Administration, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 351-374.
  • ten Heuvelhof, E & van der Heijden, J 2010, 'Noord/Zuidlijn Amsterdam (Amsterdam's North/South subway)', Tijdschrift voor Bouwrecht (Construction Law Journal), vol. 161, no. 9, pp. 882-888.
  • van der Heijden, J 2010, 'A short history of studying incremental institutional change: Does Explaining Institutional Change provide any new explanations?', Regulation & Governance, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 230 -243.
  • van der Heijden, J 2010, 'On Peanuts and Monkeys: Private Sector Involvement in Australian Building Control', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 195-210.
  • van der Heijden, J 2010, 'Smart Privatization: Lessons from Private Sector Involvement in Australian and Canadian Building Regulatory Enforcement Regimes', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 509-525.
  • van der Heijden, J 2010, 'Privatisation of building code enforcement: a comparative study of regimes in Australia and Canada', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 60-75.
  • Broekhans, B, van der Heijden, J & ten Heuvelhof, E 2010, 'Convergerende planning en ontkoppeling van beleid: mag het een onsje meer zijn?' (The Dutch implementation process of the EU Water Framework Directive), in: Van der Arend, S. et. al., Tien Jaar Ervaring met de Europese Kaderrichtlijn Water (Implementing the European Water Framework Directive: Ten Years After), pp. 91-100.
  • de Jong, J & van der Heijden, J 2010, 'Vernieuwing door samenwerking. Over het betrekken van private partijen bij het handhaven van publiekrechterlijke bouwregelgeving' (On private sector involvement in the enforcement of public building regulations), in: Chao-Duivis, M. et.al., Alleen Samen (Only in Collaboration), The Hague: Stichting Instituut voor Bouwrecht, pp. 57-66.
  • van der Heijden, J, Broekhans, B & ten Heuvelhof, E 2010, 'Verwachtingsmanagement in de kolommenstructuur: In de polder domineerde de vraag: mag het een onsje minder?' (Expectations in implementing the EU Water Framework Directive), in: Van der Arend, S. et. al., Tien Jaar Ervaring met de Europese Kaderrichtlijn Water (Implementing the European Water Framework Directive: Ten Years After), The Hague: Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Management, pp. 81-90.
  • Van der Heijden, J. (2010). Publiek toezicht op private regels. (Understanding the outcomes of privatised enforcement). Toezicht (Dutch Journal of Regulatory Enforcement) 1 (1), 21-45 (in Dutch)
  • van der Heijden, J 2009, 'International comparative analysis of building regulations: an analytical tool', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 9-25.
  • van der Heijden, J & de Jong, J 2009, 'Towards a better understanding of building regulation', Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, vol. 36, pp. 1038-1052.
  • van der Heijden, J 2009, Building regulatory enforcement regimes. Comparative analysis of private sector involvement in the enforcement of public building regulations. Amsterdam/Delft: IOS Press/Delft University Press.
  • van der Heijden, J 2009, De voor- en nadelen van privatisering van het bouwtoezicht. (The pros and cons of private sector building control) The Hague: Stichting Instituut voor Bouwrecht.
  • van der Heijden, J 2008, Competitive Enforcement. Comparative analysis of Australian building regulatory enforcement regimes. Amsterdam/Delft: IOS Press/Delft University Press.
  • Van der Heijden, J. (2008). Privaat wat kan, publiek wat moet? Een kritische beschouwing van een ruim geformuleerde sturingsfilosofie. (A critical perspective on Dutch construction policy) Tijdschrift voor bouwrecht (Dutch Journal of Law in the Built Environment), 2008-175, 926-932 (in Dutch)
  • van der Heijden, J, Visscher, H & Meijer, F 2007, 'Problems in enforcing Dutch building regulations', Structural Survey, vol. 25, no. 3/4, pp. 319-329.