Associate Professor

Henny Romijn

Research Profile

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. 

Ancillary Activities

  • Bestuurslid, Penningmeester, Stichting Bioenergy Forum FACT