Leon Hermans works as an assistant professor in Policy Analysis at Delft University of Technology. He teaches courses on actor and strategy models and policy analysis for multi-actor systems at both graduate and undergraduate level. His current research interests are the use of monitoring and evaluation to support learning for adaptive management in multi-actor environments.

Leon now leads a four year NWO project on transformations in groundwater management in per-urban areas in India and Bangladesh and is a co-leader of research projects on strategic delta planning in Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Netherlands, and the governance of nature-based flood defences in the Netherlands. Other recent work includes commissioned research for the Delta Programme in the Netherlands for the design of an evaluation framework to support adaptive delta management.

Earlier, Leon worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based at its headquarters in Italy, from 2003 to 2006. Here he worked at the Water Resources Management and Development Service, focusing on water valuation and integrated approaches to water resources management. Leon obtained his degrees from TU Delft. He holds a PhD degree in policy analysis, with a dissertation on the use of actor analysis methods in water resources management.

research interest

  • Policy learning.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Actor models.
  • Adaptive delta management.
  • Water resources management.

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Assistant professor in Policy Analysis at Delft University of Technology


PhD, Policy Analysis, Delft University of Technology
MSc, Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management, Delft University of Technology


Technology, Policy and Management


Selected publications:

  • Hermans, Leon M., Marjolijn Haasnoot, Judith ter Maat, Jan H. Kwakkel. (2017). Designing monitoring arrangements for collaborative learning about adaptation pathways. Environmental Science & Policy 69: 29-38.
  • Phi, Ho Long, Leon M. Hermans, Wim J.A.M. Douven, Gerardo E. van Halsema, Malik Fida Khan (2015). A Framework to Assess Plan Implementation Maturity with an Application to Flood Management in Vietnam. Water International 40(7): 984-1003.
  • Hermans, L.M., S.W. Cunningham, J.H. Slinger (2014). The usefulness of game theory as a method for policy evaluation. Evaluation 20(1): 10 – 25.
  • Hermans, L.M., A.C. Naber, B. Enserink (2012). An approach to design long-term monitoring and evaluation frameworks in multi-actor systems - a case in water management. Evaluation and Program Planning 35 (4): 427 – 438
  • Enserink, Bert, Leon Hermans, Jan Kwakkel, Wil Thissen, Joop Koppenjan, Pieter Bots. (2010). Policy Analysis of Multi-Actor Systems. Boom|Lemma, The Hague, 175 pp.

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