Mattijs van Maasakkers

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Mattijs van Maasakkers is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. van Maasakkers finished his PhD in environmental policy and planning at MIT in 2013, where he also served as the assistant director of the Science Impact Collaborative.

van Maasakkers dissertation focuses on the creation of markets for ecosystem services in the United States. He examines the development of these institutions by analyzing what kinds of new practices are emerging related to collaboration, regulation and scientific information. At the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, he also worked on the analysis and development of effective conflict resolution techniques in environmental disputes. Van Maasakkers has conducted research on environmental conflicts in the United States, the European Union and South Africa. He has worked with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Geological Survey, the National Audubon Society and the Consensus Building Institute on the assessment and intervention in environmental conflicts in the Columbia and Mississippi River basins in the US. Van Maasakkers has taught a graduate course on environmental conflict at the Heller School in Social Policy and Management at Brandeis for the past two years, and has teaching experience assisting in graduate and undergraduate courses on environmental policy, public dispute resolution and research design at both at MIT and Harvard. Van Maasakkers also received a Master’s in City Planning at MIT, and has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, he also worked on the creation of the Amsterdam Center for Conflict Studies.

For more information, visit Dr. van Maasakkers Harvard profile.