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Dr. Sander Happaerts


Dr Sander Happaerts is research manager of environmental policy and sustainable development at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven). He obtained a PhD at KU Leuven (Institute for International and European Policy) with a dissertation on the sustainable development policies of subnational governments, which was awarded in the Thesis Competition of the EU Committee of the Regions. He published extensively on governance for sustainable development in a multi-level perspective. His other research interests include sustainability transitions, the governance of natural resources and climate change. In the field of climate change policies, Sander’s research group focuses on economic and financial instruments, socio-economic impacts, and EU-Asia relations.



Happaerts, Sander. 2013. Multi-level governance of climate change in Belgium. Modest subnational policies in a complex setting (Working Paper). Leuven: Research Institute for Work and Society. Available from http://hiva.kuleuven.be/nl/publicaties/publicatie_workingpaper.php.

Happaerts, Sander, and Hans Bruyninckx. 2013. Rising Powers in Global Climate Governance. Negotiating in the New World Order (Working Paper No. 124). Leuven: Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. Available from http://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/publications/working_papers.html.

Happaerts, Sander, Simon Schunz, and Hans Bruyninckx. 2012. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. The Multi-Level Politics of Climate Change Policy in Belgium. Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20 (4): 441-458.

Schunz, Simon, Sander Happaerts, and Karoline Van den Brande. 2009. European Union foreign policy and global climate change: towards a comprehensive European climate diplomacy? (Policy Brief 12). Leuven: Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. Available from http://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/publications/policy_briefs.html.