About me

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? These are the main questions that drive my current research.

I am Professor and Chair of Regulatory Practice at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (School of Government). I work at the intersection of regulation and governance, with a specific interest in regulatory stewardship and dynamic governance regimes. My 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.

I 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). I received my PhD in Public Administration (highest honours) in 2009, and my MSc in Architecture (high distinction) in 2002, both from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Since 2011, I have been leading three large scale international comparative research projects on urban climate governance, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Australian Research Council. I will continue this research track over the years to come as part of the Chair I am holding.