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If you would like to get in touch you can reach me via email:

s.n.giest[at]fgga.leidenuniv.nl 

The Institute is located at: 

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Institute of Public Administration

Turfmarkt 99, 2511DP Den Haag, The Netherlands

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 on the Editorial Board of 'Policy Design and Practice' and ‘Data and Policy’. I am a member of the Young Academy Leiden (YAL), a group of young scholars at Leiden University that work together on three themes: interdisciplinarity, outreach and science and education policy. Since the Summer of 2019, I am an elected member of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) College.

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). 

You can also find me on the website of the Institute of Public Administration, on Researchgate, LinkedIn or Googlescholar.