About me

How can we achieve urban sustainability and resilience without the traditional force of law? Why are free markets often unable to achieve a meaningful improvement of the environmental performance of cites and buildings? Whether is collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society a fruitful approach for urban mitigation and adaptation processes? These are the main questions that drive my current research.

I am an associate professor, affiliated with the Australian National University (School of Regulation and Global Governance) and Wageningen University (Environmental Policy Group).  I work at the intersections of regulation and governance, policy change, and urban development and transformation. My research aims 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.

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. I worked in private consulting from 2003 until 2005. From 2009 to 2011 I worked as an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, and from 2010 to 2011 I held a position as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations).

In 2011, I 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, I was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council DECRA grant to continue my work on governance for urban sustainability and resilience in Australia, China, India and the United States in the period 2015-2018. In 2016, I was awarded another highly competitive research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, a VIDI grant, to coninue my work in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, and expand it to Africa and South America also. This for the period 2017-2021.  More information on both projects and the publications resulting from it is available through this website.

I travel frequently to collect data on innovations in governance for urban sustainability and resilience. I am happy to discuss possibilities for collaboration or sharing the data that I have collected in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. I am also happy to discuss posibilities for PhD and MSc supervision. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

UPDATE: Mid-2018, I will joint the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, as Professor and Chair of Regulatory Practice. More news on this soon.