Dirk Arne Heyen
Dirk Arne Heyen
Dirk Arne Heyen

Dirk Arne Heyen

Senior Researcher
Environmental Law & Governance

Special Expertise

Research focus: Sustainability transitions and political governance options

  • Sociotechnical transitions / transformations
  • Exnovation, structural change, ‘just transition’
  • Sustainable consumption, incl. sufficiency
  • Social and regulatory innovations
  • Real-world labs and civic participation

Key Projects

  • Transformation strategies and models of change for sustainable societal change
  • Developing core elements of a concept of transformative environmental policy
  • Trafo 3.0: Model for governing social-ecological transformation processes in practice
  • Strategies for ecologically-driven structural change towards a Green Economy
  • Exnovation governance: Organizing the phase-out of non-sustainable patterns and policies
  • Regulatory Experimental Spaces for the Reflective and Adaptive Governance of Innovations
  • Sufficiency: concept, necessity, potentials and political steering opportunities
  • Research coordination of the BMBF funding initiative "Environmentally and socially compatible transformation of the German energy system"

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 09/2011: Research fellow at Öko-Institut
  • 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., ‘Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning‘ and ‘Transnational Environmental Law’).

Language Skills

German, English, French