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Henny Romijn is an Associate Professor and Chair of Technology and Development in the research and teaching group Technology, Innovation and Society at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). A development economist by training, her main specialization is technological innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development in the Global South, especially in the domain of renewable energy renewable energy and sanitation. Her main geograhical focus areas are Eastern Africa and Indonesia. 

Henny’s research interests include the role played by technological innovation in poverty alleviation and fostering sustainable development in developing countries, and the trade-offs that are often produced between social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability outcomes. These issues are studied from an evolutionary innovation perspective, using socio-technical transitions frameworks and learning-based approaches to project management in a development context. Henny takes a special interest in determinants of ‘success’ & ‘failure’ of bio-energy projects.

Academic background

Henny Romijn obtained her PhD in Economics from Tilburg University. Her PhD research focused on drivers and processes of technological capability building in economic development, particularly the role played by small-scale engineering firms. Before joining TU/e, Henny worked for different well-known development institutions, including Queen Elizabeth House (University of Oxford), the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), the Development Research Institute of Tilburg University, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Labour Organisation. She worked on several enterprise support programs in East Africa and South Asia. 

Henny has authored and contributed to several books. She also regularly contributes to conference publications and leading journals, such as Environmental Science and policy, Journal of Responsible Innovation, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and Policy Sciences. 

Education/Academic qualification

TiasNimbas Business School Eindhoven

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Projects 2017 2020


Romijn, H. A. & Romijn, H. A.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1997 2019

10 Downloads (Pure)

Responsible innovation: moving towards a culturally sensitive approach

Setiawan, A. D., Singh, R. & Romijn, H. A., Jul 2019, In : Studies in Asian Social Science. 6, 2, p. 46-65 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
national culture
role play
conceptual framework
environmental risk

Sustainable performance challenges of rural microgrids: analysis of incentives and policy framework in Indonesia

Derks, M. J. W. & Romijn, H. A., Dec 2019, In : Energy for Sustainable Development. 53, p. 57-70 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

renewable energy
7 Citations (Scopus)
173 Downloads (Pure)

NGOs fostering transitions towards sustainable urban sanitation in low-income countries: Insights from transition management and development studies

van Welie, M. J. & Romijn, H. A., Jun 2018, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 84, p. 250-260 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
nongovernmental organization
non-governmental organization
low income
18 Citations (Scopus)
34 Downloads (Pure)

Sustainability transitions in developing countries: stocktaking, new contributions and a research agenda

Hansen, U. E., Nygaard, I., Romijn, H. A., Wieczorek, A. J., Kamp, L. M. & Klerkx, L., Jun 2018, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 84, p. 198-203 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
developing world
developing country
57 Downloads (Pure)

Business Oriented Technological System Analysis (BOTSA) at Eindhoven University of Technology: an innovative learning method to foster entrepreneurship

Wijnker, M. A. S. G., van Kasteren, H. & Romijn, H. A., Aug 2017, ICoSI 2014 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Innovation, 3-4 June 2014, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Taufik, T., Prabasari, I., Rineksane, I. A., Yana, R., Widowati, R., Putra Rosyidi, S. A., Riyadi, S. & Harsanto, P. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 331-336 6 p. 33

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

Open Access
Systems analysis
Learning methods
Technological systems
Sustainable energy


Intermate best master teacher award 2016-2017

Henny A. Romijn (Recipient), 11 Jan 2018

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2006 2019

The TU/e in Somalia & Somaliland: a tale of SDG7 challenges

Henny A. Romijn (Speaker)
28 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Inclusive business models at the Base of the Pyramid. Experiences from TU/e projects in the Global South.

Henny A. Romijn (Organiser)
4 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

External assessor, PhD thesis

Henny A. Romijn (Examiner)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

External assessor, PhD thesis

Henny A. Romijn (Examiner)
20 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Coordinator, THE BRIDGES BSc curriculum training workshop in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Services for lecturers from Gollis University and Somalia National University

Henny A. Romijn (Organiser)
25 Jan 20192 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional


Press / Media

Reflections on managing innovation projects at the Base of the Pyramid

Henny A. Romijn


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Participatory Approaches for Technological Development Based on Local Resources

Henny Romijn


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Policy brief: Stimulating Entrepreneurship Among Rural Women in sub-Saharan Africa

Sarah Kyejjusa & Henny Romijn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Policy Brief: Stimulating entrepreneurship among rural women in Sub-Saharan Africa

S. Kyejjusa & Henny A. Romijn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

African cotton production in transition: requirements for achieving a breakthrough of sustainable cultivation in the Ethiopian cotton sector

Author: Biemond, C., 30 Sep 2014

Supervisor: Romijn, H. (Supervisor 1) & Raven, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A functional approach to guide sustainable innovations in the sanitation chain

Author: Wirmer, B., 31 Jul 2014

Supervisor: Romijn, H. (Supervisor 1) & Wouters, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Artisanal gold mining in Suriname: overcoming barriers to the development and adoption of sustainable technologies

Author: Versol, W., 31 Dec 2007

Supervisor: Verbong, G. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2), Naar, S. (Supervisor 2) & Healy, C. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Assessing political responsibility of transnational advocacy networks through social network analysis: an empirical study

Author: Nnafie, S., 31 Aug 2010

Supervisor: Romijn, H. (Supervisor 1) & Rooks, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master