Maarten Hajer is distinguished professor Urban Futures at the department of Geo Sciences of Utrecht University.
Hajer is the author of more than ten books and many articles and contributions to books.
Hajer holds MA degrees in Urban and Regional Planning (UvA, 1987 Cum Laude), Political Science (UvA, 1988 Cum Laude); as well as a D.Phil. in Politics (University of Oxford, 1993). During the 1990s he worked as researcher at the Leyden Institute for Law and Public Policy (1991- 1993); as ‘wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’ with Ulrich Beck at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich (1993-1996); and as senior researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hague (1996-1998) after which he was appointed Chair at the UvA. He fulfilled many societal roles such as as member of the Governing Board of the Amsterdam Arts Council and the Van Eesteren, Fluck van Lohuizen Stichting (EFL); as member of the VROMraad, the advisory board to the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague; or as jury member and jury chair for the International Spinoza Price in philosophy; jury member for the EO Weijersprijsvraag in landscape architecture and for EUROPAN, the European price for architects under 35. Currently is is amongst others board member of the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Architecture.
From 1998 until 2015 he held the Chair of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam. The Dutch Cabinet appointed him as Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL – Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in 2008 which term ended in 2015. He was elected Government Manager of the Year in 2014.