Environmental Law & Governance

Dirk Arne Heyen

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

Research focus: Social, societal, and strategic questions of climate & environmental policy.

In more detail:

  • Characteristics of sociotechnical transitions / structural change, and governance options towards sustainability;
  • Social effects, social justice issues and socially just governance options of climate / environmental policy / transitions (“just transition”, “climate justice”, “environmental justice”);
  • Sustainable consumption (policy), incl. eco-sufficiency (policy);
  • Acceptance & acceptability (factors) of climate/environmental policy measures;
  • Social and policy/regulatory innovations.

Key Projects

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 09/2011: Research fellow at Öko-Institut (Senior Researcher since 07/2016)
  • 2010-2011: Postgraduate studies ‘MSc Environmental Regulation‘ at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Master thesis: “The influence of the EU’s chemicals regulation on the US policy reform debate: ‘California effect’ or out of REACH?”
  • 2010: Research fellow at the University of Potsdam
  • 2004-2009: Studies of political science at the University of Potsdam (including an exchange year at the Université Montpellier I); Diploma (Master equivalent) with distinction; Diploma thesis: “Negotiations between government and business as a basis for policy termination: An analysis of political steering capacity with regard to the phasing-out of nuclear energy and black coal subsidies”

Dirk A. Heyen has published articles in several academic journals (e.g. ‘Climate Policy’, ‘Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions’ and ‘Transnational Environmental Law’).

Language Skills

German, English, French


Dirk Arne Heyen