I am an Assistant Professor at the Public Administration Institute of Leiden University conducting research on comparative public policy, focusing specifically on environmental and innovation policy design in the urban context. My research and teaching activity evolves around the topic of digital governance and the innovation and environmental policy field. I have developed a special interest in the urban dimension and the challenges encountered by local governments to deal with the intersection of delivering high quality public service, spurring economic activity and utilizing new technology for innovation and sustainability (a list of publications can be found here). I am also on the Editorial Board of 'Policy Design and Practice'.
I earned my PhD (with distinction) in Political Science at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Howlett on the topic of (local) government initiatives for innovation clusters. I also hold two Master degrees, one from Bonn University (Germany) in Political Science and one in Society, Science and Technology Studies from Aalborg (Denmark) and Lund University (Sweden).
If you would like to get in touch you can reach me via email: s.n.giest[at]fgga.leidenuniv.nl and the Institute is located at:
Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Institute of Public Administration
Turfmarkt 99, 2511DP Den Haag, The Netherlands