Maarten Hajer – University of Copenhagen

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Maartin HajerMaarten Hajer is professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam since 1998. The Dutch Cabinet appointed him as Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL – Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in 2008. He continues his professorship part time.

As director of the Environmental Assessment Agency, Hajer is responsible for the strategic assessments and policy evaluations to facilitate political deliberation and decision making, ranging from environment, nature, land-use to water and transport.

While primarily focused on the Dutch political decision making PBL is also active for international bodies, such as the European Commission, OECD and UNEP. For more information on the role, tasks and responsibilities of the Agency, please refer to

Hajer is also member of the UNEP Resource Panel concerned with strategic issues of resource scarcity, decoupling and resource-efficiency.