IGPA Research Seminar Series

Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience: International Trends

Thu 5 May 2016Dr Jeroen van der Heijden / 3:30pm - 5:00pmSeminar Room 1, Building 24 at the University of Canberra


Around the globe governments are struggling to achieve improved urban sustainability and resilience through traditional governance tools such as direct regulatory interventions, subsidies and other economic incentives. In collaboration with businesses and civil society they have introduced a range of innovative tools that aim to overcome the weaknesses of such traditional governance tools. At the same time businesses are widely in involved in the implementation of voluntary governance tools that seek an improvement of urban sustainability and resilience, but without the traditional force of law.What are the opportunities and constraints of such innovative governance tools? To what extent are they successful in achieving a rapid improvement of urban sustainability and resilience? These are two central questions in Dr Jeroen van der Heijden’s lecture. Building on close to 10 years of empirical research into governance for urban sustainability and resilience, including 70 examples from Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, he will uncover and discus the five dominant global trends in this area. Dr Jeroen van der Heijden is based in Australia where he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He further holds a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He recently published the book "Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Responding to Climate Change and the Relevance of the Built Environment" with Edward Elgar publishers (2014).


Jeroen van der Heijden is currently a senior research fellow at the Australian National University (Regulatory Institutions Network) and an associate professor at the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Law School).  Jeroen's work focuses on the intersections between regulation and governance, policy change, and urban development and transformation. The overall aim of this research is to improve local, national and international outcomes of urban governance on some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change, energy and water use, and a growing and increasingly urbanising world population. 

Jeroen graduated with a PhD in Public Administration (highest honours) in 2009 from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and worked as an assistant professor at the same institution between 2009 and 2011. In 2011, he was awarded a highly competitive Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research VENI grant to study governance for urban sustainability and resilience in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore and the United States in the period 2012-2015. In 2014, he was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council DECRA grant to continue his work on governance for urban sustainability and resilience in Australia, China, India and the United States in the period 2015-2018.  More information about Jeroen's work can be found on his personal website: http://www.jeroenvanderheijden.net.

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