The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Tijs van Maasakkers is a PhD-Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Environmental Policy and Planning. His dissertation research focuses on the development of ecosystem services markets in the United States.
Van Maasakkers has conducted research on environmental conflicts in the United States, the European Union and South Africa. He has worked with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Geological Survey, the National Audubon Society and the Consensus Building Institute on the assessment and intervention in environmental conflicts in the Columbia and Mississippi River basins in the US.
While at MIT, he has received a Master’s in City Planning. He has assisted Prof. Susskind in teaching a course on the use of dispute resolution in the public sector and an introductory course on environmental policy. Before coming to MIT, he received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, he worked on the creation of the Amsterdam Center for Conflict Studies, teaching an introduction course on conflict studies.