prof.dr. J.T.A. Bressers (Hans)

Full Professor

About Me

Prof.dr. Hans Th.A. Bressers (1953) is emeritus professor of Policy Studies and Envi­ronmental Policy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and founder of the CSTM, the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, one of the departments of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences. Previously he has been, inter alia, vice-chairman of the official permanent Evaluation Committee of the Environmental Management Act, chairman of the Advisory Committee on the local implementation of environmental policy, independent scientific member of the Committee on Sustainable Development of the Dutch Social Economic Council (SER) and a member of the national Advisory Committee on Water that was chaired by the Prince of Orange until 2013 when he became king.

In over three hundred articles, chapters, and books and a similar number of reports, conference papers and presentations (both in Dutch and in English) he published on policy -evaluati­on, - instru­ments, -networks, and -implementati­on, mostly applied on envi­ron­mental and sustainability oriented policies.  He has been researcher and project leader of numerous externally funded projects, including several projects funded by EU research frameworks, Dutch national science foundation, national priority research programmes, Dutch ministries, etc. As a PhD advisor, he has led 60 researchers to their graduation until 2020.


Earth & Environmental Sciences
Social Sciences


Recent research focuses on the implementation of sustainability oriented policies, like on water management and climate adaptation, and the governance conditions that can be supportive or restrictive for such implementation. 


Bressers, H. T. A. (2022). Climate change resilience and supporting governance conditions. Paper presented at World Town Planning Day 2022, St. Augustin, Trinidad and Tobago.
Bressers, H. T. A. , & Özerol, G. (2022). Coping with extreme events in midsize cities: Enabling practitioners to assess the supportiveness of their governance context. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Climate Change & Water 2022, Tours, France.
Osorio Vazquez, M. C., Koch, C. , & Bressers, H. T. A. (2022). Estudio comparativo de políticas para la retención escolar en Alemania y México. Paper presented at V Encuentro de educación Internacional y Comparada 2022, Mexicali, Mexico.
Michel, J. , Mohlakoana, N., Bärnighausen, T., Tediosi, F., Evans, D., McIntyre, D. , Bressers, H. T. A., & Tanner, M. (2022). Testing the contextual Interaction theory in a UHC pilot district in South Africa. BMC health services research, 22(1), [343]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07705-z
De Groot, J. , Mohlakoana, N., Knox, A., Sparks, D. , & Bressers, H. (2022). Creating value in the margins: Rethinking value creation, empowerment and women’s entrepreneurship in South Africa’s street food sector. In Research Handb. of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Value Creation (pp. 52-67). (Research Handbooks in Business and Management series). Edward Elgar.
Other Contributions

Bressers, H., L. J. O’Toole, & J. Richardson, (Eds.) (1995). Networks and water policy: A comparative perspective. London: Frank Cass. [also published as special issue of Environmental Politics, 3(4), Winter 1994].

Bressers, H., & S. M. Kuks (2003). What does governance mean? From concept to elaboration. In: H. Bressers & W. A. Rosenbaum (eds), Achieving sustainable development: The challenge of governance across social scales. New York-Westpoint-London: Praeger.

 Bressers, H. (2004). Understanding the implementation of instruments: How to know what works, where, when and how. In: W. M. Lafferty (ed.), Governance for Sustainable Development: The Challenge of Adapting Form to Function. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bressers, H., & S. M. Kuks, (Eds.) (2004). Integrated governance and water basin management: Conditions for regime change towards sustainability. Dordrecht-Boston-London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Bressers, H. & K. Lulofs, (eds) (2010). Governance and Complexity in Water Management, Creating Cooperation through Boundary Spanning, Edward Elgar/IWA.

Boer, C. de, and H. Bressers (2011), Complex and dynamic implementation processes: Analyzing the renaturalization of the Dutch Regge river, Book, Enschede: University of Twente and The Hague: Dutch Water Governance Centre.

Boer, C. De, J. Vinke-de Kruijf, G. Özerol, H. Bressers (Eds.) (2013) Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer: International Studies on Contextual Water Management. Oxford UK, New York USA: Earthscan – Routledge.

Bressers, H., N. Bressers (Eds.) (2015), Governance Assessment Guide, DROP project, Almelo.

Bressers, H., N. Bressers, C. Larrue (Eds.) (2016), Governance for Drought Resilience: Land and Water Drought Management in Europe, Dordrecht, Berlin: Springer

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Apart from the numerous PhD projects that are supervised, as a researcher several projects have been and are contributed to, sponsored by national and international research programs. 

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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The Netherlands