Maarten Hajer is distinguished professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University, and a former Director-General of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. He has published widely on environmental politics and urban planning.

Maarten A. Hajer (1962) is distinguished professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University. Previously Dr Hajer was professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam and Director-General of the PBL – Netherlands Environmental Asssessment Agency. Dr Hajer holds MA degrees in Political Science and in Urban and Regional Planning (both University of Amsterdam) and got his D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University. For the IRP, Dr Hajer chairs the working group on Food Systems and co-chairs the working group on cities (together with Mark Swilling). He is the author of more than 10 scholarly books, including The Politics of Environmental Discourse (Oxford UP, 1995), In Search of New Public Domain – Analysis and Strategy (NAi Publishers, 2001, together with Arnold Reijndorp), Deliberative Policy Analysis (Cambridge UP, 2003, eds. with Hendrik Wagenaar), Strong Stories – How the Dutch Reinvent their Planning Practice (Nai/010, 2010, with Suzanne van ‘t Klooster & Jantine Grijzen) and Authoritative Governance (Oxford UP, 2009). His most recent book is Smart about Cities – Visualizing the Challenge of 21st Century Urbanism (NAi/010, 2014), a critique of the prevalent discourse of smart cities and a call to connect urbanism to the challenges of re-urbanization: the need to make green, socially inclusive cities.

 

Selected Publications

 

Books

Forthcoming 2020. A world of Neighbourhoods: A Plea for a Social and Ecological Urbanism. Amsterdam: Trancity/Valiz.

Hajer, M.A., & Dassen, A.G.M. (Eds.), Smart about cities: Visualizing the challenge for 21st century urbanism (pp. 9- 43). Rotterdam: NAi010.

Journal Articles, Peer-reviewed

Hajer, M. A., & Versteeg, W. (2019). Imagining the post-fossil city: Why is it so difficult to think of new possible worlds? Territory, Politics & Governance, 7(2), 122-134. doi: 10.1080/21622671.2018.1510339

Hajer, M. A., & Pelzer, P. (2018). 2050—An energetic odyssey: Understanding ‘techniques of futuring’ in the transition towards renewable energy. Energy Research & Social Science, 44(10), 222-231. https/doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.01.013

Hajer, M. A., & Swilling, M.(2017). Governance of urban transitions: Towards sustainable resource efficient urban infrastructures. Environmental Research Letters, 12(12). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7d3a

Hajer, M.A., Nilsson, M., Raworth, K., Bakker, P.A.H.M., Berkhout, F.G.H, De Boer, Y., . . . Kok, M.T.J. (2015). Beyond cockpit-ism: Four insights to enhance the transformative potential of the sustainable development goals. Sustainability, 7(2), 1651-1660. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su7021651

Hajer, M.A. (2012). A media storm in the world risk society: Enacting scientific authority in the IPCC controversy (2009-2010). Critical Policy Studies, 6(4), 451–463. https://doi.org/10.1080/19460171.2012.730758

Loeber, A.M.C., Hajer M.A., & Levidow, L. (2011). Agro-food crises: institutional and discursive changes in the food scares era. Science as Culture, 20(2), 147-155. doi: 10.1080/09505431.2011.563567

Journal articles, non peer-reviewed

Potjer, S., & Hajer, M.A. (2017). Learning with cities, learning for cities: The golden opportunity of the urban agenda for the EU. Utrecht: Urban Futures Studio. https://www.uu.nl/sites/default/files/essay-urbanfuturesstudio-12juli-web.pdf

Potjer, S., Hajer, M.A., & Pelzer, P. (2018). Learning to experiment: Realizing the potential of the urban agenda for the EU. Utrecht: Urban Futures Studio. https://www.docdroid.net/99DbF6c/research-urbanfuturesstudio-web-def-1.pdf

Government Reports / Reports from Scientific Councils

Swilling, M., Hajer, M.A., Baynes, T.M., Bergesen, J.D., Labbé, F., Musango, J.K., . . .Tabory, S. (2018). The Weight of Cities: Resource requirements of future urbanization. International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme report. http://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/weight-cities

Ekins, P., Hughes, N., Bringezu, S., Arden-Clarke, C. Fischer-Kowalski, M., Graedel, T.E., . . . Westhoek, H.J. (2017). Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications. International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme report. https://www.resourcepanel.org/reports/resource-efficiency

Westhoek, H.J., Ingram, J.S.I., Van Berkum, S., Milà i Canals, L., Lomax., J., Herrick, J.E.,& Hajer, M.A.  (2014). A food system approach for the identification of opportunities to increase resource use efficiency. International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme report. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280924906_A_food_system_approach_for_the_identification_of_opportunities_to_increase_resource_use_efficiency