Bio: Prof. Pieter Glasbergen

Portrait of Pieter Glasbergen
Prof. Pieter Glasbergen is emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies; Policy and Management at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Open University. Since 2011 he is honorary professor Governance for Sustainable Development at Maastricht University.

Dr. Glasbergen studied political sociology and sociology of the public sector at Utrecht University: Master degree summa cum laude 1971; PhD degree 1979 with a dissertation on the efficacy of Dutch land use planning.

Next to former academic positions as lecturer and senior lecturer at Utrecht University, section Planning and Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, he worked part-time as a council member and vice-mayor in the city of Culemborg in the period 1976-1988.

Dr. Glasbergen was the first professor of environmental policy in the Netherlands (Open University: 1987-2011; Utrecht University: 1988-2011).

He is the founder of the social scientific Environmental Studies bachelor program, the master program Sustainable Development Track Environmental Policy and Management, and the research program Governance for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He is also the founder of the social scientific long-distance teaching program in the bachelor and master program Environmental Sciences at the Open University.

He was a visiting professor at Yale University, Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, University of Washington, the Royal Institute of Management Bhutan, and RMIT University, Melbourne.

Since 2005, he chairs the Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships (

Dr. Glasbergen successfully supervised 24 PhD students. Currently he supervises 2 PhD students in his partnership research program.

His research focus is on governance for sustainable development. The articles, reports, and books that he published include both theoretical studies on policy and governance and applied policy research. His main research is on global cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development.