mr. N.M. van der Grijp


  • Room A-629, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Nicolien van der Grijp is a senior researcher of the department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). Her research interests are related to environmental law and policy at the international, EU and national level. She is specialised in applying social scientific research methods to evaluate how legal instruments are implemented in practice. She has 25 years of experience in doing contract research for international organisations, the European Commission, and the Dutch government.

In 2008, Van der Grijp finalised her dissertation about global legal pluralism in relation to pesticide risk management focusing on state and non-state actor approaches. In 2010, she published a book, together with Prof. Joyeeta Gupta, at Cambridge University Press, titled ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change in Development Cooperation: Theory, Practice and Implications for the European Union’. In 2013, she co-edited a book, together with Prof. Joyeeta Gupta and Dr Onno Kuik, at Routledge, titled ‘Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design’, published by Routledge.

Important foci in her research are the environment-development nexus, multi-layered implementation processes, mainstreaming of climate change in sectoral policies, and sustainability labelling and certification. Her recent project work focused on governance options to reduce marine litter (CleanSea project) and on wildlife crime (European Parliament project). She is currently working on an EU FP7 project about the application of innovative energy technology in climate neutral neighbourhoods (NEXTbuildings). Van der Grijp is a co-author of the digital Handbook on the implementation of EU environmental policy in the Netherlands.


2008: PhD, Department of International Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1989: Academic Professional Training in Environmental Management, the Netherlands.

1983: Master's Degree Dutch Law, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, NL. Major Fields: Civil Law, Consumer Law and Environmental Management.


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Research Output 1998 2019

Demonstration projects of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: Lessons from end-user experiences in Amsterdam, Helsingborg, and Lyon

van der Grijp, N. M., van der Woerd, K. F., Gaiddon, B., Hummelshøj, R. M., Larsson, M., Osunmuyiwa, O. & Rooth, R., 1 Mar 2019, In : Energy Research & Social Science. 49, p. 10-15 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy efficiency

Empowerment and disempowerment of urban climate change initiatives: An exploratory typology of mechanisms

Patterson, J. J. & van der Grijp, N. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Urban Climate Politics: Agency and Empowerment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Energy neutral living in Amsterdam, Lyon and Helsingborg: Practical results and household assessment

Rooth, R., Gaiddon, B., Grud Minzari, M., Hummelshøj, R. M., Larsson, M., van der Grijp, N. M. & van der Woerd, K. F., 2017, ECEEE Summer Study Proceedings. p. 1031-1041

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

A portfolio of marine litter policy options

Altvater, S., Veiga, J. M., van der Grijp, N. M., Pavlova, D. & Fernandeze Bautista, P., 2015, EU FP7 Project CleanSea D5.16.

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Best practices for marine litter reduction in the EU

Kalfagianni, A., Altvater, S., Fernandez Bautista, P., Krueger, I., Pavlova, D., Schmidt, S., Smith, L. O., van der Grijp, N. M. & Veiga, J. M., 2015, EU FP7 Project CleanSea D5.15.

Research output: Book / ReportReportAcademic

Activities 2000 2011

  • 23 Lecture / Presentation

Mainstreaming climate change in development cooperation- invited lecture

J. Gupta (Speaker), N.M. van der Grijp (Speaker)
27 Jun 2011

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Pluralism of rules and the impact on fresh tomato production

N.M. van der Grijp (Speaker)
29 Jun 2006

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Global legal pluralism and the Dutch effort to reduce pesticide use

N.M. van der Grijp (Speaker)
15 Jun 2006

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

EUREPGAP from the perspective of global legal pluralism

N.M. van der Grijp (Speaker)
7 Oct 2004

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic