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Henny Romijn is an Associate Professor of Technology & International Sustainable Development in the TU/e Technology, Innovation and Society group.  A development economist by training, she specialised in technological innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development in the Global South, especially in the domain of renewable energy. Her main geograhical focus areas are Eastern Africa and the Horn, and Indonesia.  She lived and worked for several years in East Africa and India before joining academia.

Henny’s research focuses on innovation for combating poverty and fostering sustainable development, and trade-offs between social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability outcomes. She applies a socio-technical systems perspective, using sustainability transitions research, international technology transfer & local technological capacity-building approaches, sustainable business model literature, and development governance. She likes to combine these with techno-economic feasibility studies and sustainability assessments in interdisciplinary mixed-methods research. She prioritizes research that can yield tangible positive impacts on the ground for disadvantaged people. 

Before joining TU/e, Henny worked at the International Development Centre of the University of Oxford, the Institute of Social Studies (now part of Erasmus University) in the Hague, the Development Research Institute of Tilburg University, the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, and the International Labour Organisation. She worked on several enterprise support programs in East Africa and South Asia.  

Henny has published in journals focused on international development, innovation and energy, such as Environmental Science and Policy, Energy Policy, Research Policy, Energy and Sustainable Development, the Journal of Responsible Innovation, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Biomass & Bioenergy, World Development, Sustainability, the Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, the Journal of Cleaner Production, and the Development Policy Review. She has also authored and contributed to several books.  

PhD SUPERVISION

Henny Romijn is promotor / co-promotor of Milou Derks, Sarah Kyejjusa, Clara Rabelo Caiafa Pereira, Richaela Primus, Mubita Simataa, Huiying Liu, and Aziiz Sutrisno.

Academic background

Henny Romijn obtained her PhD in Economics from Tilburg University. She investigated drivers and processes of technological capability building in economic development, particularly the role of small-scale engineering firms. Since joining TU/e, she has coordinated several international collaboration programmes. The first project focused on sustainability problems associated with liquid biofuels production and utilization in East Africa and India (funded by the Netherlands Science Organization - NWO). A second NWO-funded project aimed at entrepreneurship development among disadvantaged people in Uganda. Then followed a project funded by EU's EuropeAid in partnership with CARE in which two Somali universities were assisted in setting up the countries' first BSc programmes in electrical engineering and renewable energy services: Capacity Building in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy at Somali Universities. Currently, Henny is coordinating EU-URBANE: Sustainable business model development for agroecological farming in West-Africa, a project funded by EU Horizon 2020.

Before joining TU/e, Henny worked at the International Development Centre at the University of Oxford, the Institute of Social Studies (now part of Erasmus University) in 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 published in journals focused on international development, innovation and energy, such as Environmental Science and Policy, Energy Policy, Research Policy, Energy and Sustainable Development, the Journal of Responsible Innovation, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Biomass & Bioenergy, World Development, Sustainability, the Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, the Journal of Cleaner Production, and the Development Policy Review. She has also authored and contributed to several books.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in economics, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Tilburg University

Award Date: 1 Mar 1996

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