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Hans Mommaas


NameProf. dr. ir. J.T. (Hans) Mommaas

Phone number070-3288 730

E-mail addresshans.mommaas@pbl.nl

Since 1 November 2015, Hans Mommaas (1955) has been the Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in The Hague. He also holds the position of Professor of Regional Sustainability Governance at the Tilburg Institute for Law and Regional Governance (TiREG) of Tilburg University.

Hans Mommaas studied Western Sociology at the former Wageningen Agricultural College. In 1993, Hans Mommaas obtained his PhD degree from Tilburg University with his thesis ‘Modernity, Leisure and the City’ (Moderniteit, Vrijetijd en de Stad). Between 2002 and 2015, he was Professor of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University, and, from 2014 to 2015, at NHTV in Breda.

In his position as member of the former VROM-council, between 2005 and 2010, he chaired committees that issued the following advice documents: 'Groeten uit Holland, Vrijetijd, Toerisme en Ruimtelijke kwaliteit' [Greetings from the Netherlands, Leisure, Tourism and Spatial Quality] (2006); 'Wisselende coalities' [Changing coalitions] (2008); and 'Duurzame verstedelijking’ [Sustainable urbanisation] (2010).

Over the 2005–2010 period, Hans Mommaas was one of the Science Directors of Transforum, an innovation programme for agriculture and green space, where he was in charge of the knowledge field of 'Organising Innovations and Transitions'. Between 2006 and 2011, he was Professor of Urban Dynamics and Culture at Utrecht University. Between 2010 and 2015, he was associate member of the Dutch Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) and co-author of policy advice documents on the Common Agricultural Policy. From 2010 to 2015, he held the position of Visiting Professor of Culture Management at the University of Antwerp.

From 2004 to 2015, Hans Mommaas was Science Director at TELOS (Brabant Centre for Sustainable Development), where he was involved in developing integral monitoring tools for regional sustainable development (provinces and municipalities), and providing research and development support for area development processes.

In 2000, he authored a WRR study on ‘the leisure industry in city and countryside’ (De vrijetijdsindustrie in stad en land). In 2009, together with co-author Nienke van Boom, he published a study on 'Comeback cities'. In addition, he co-authored many articles, book chapters and research documents on subjects intersecting leisure time, culture, sustainability and urban and regional development (see the list of main publications).


Zoeteman B, Mommaas H and Dagevos J. (2016). ‘Are larger cities more sustainable? Lessons from integrated sustainability monitoring in 403 Dutch municipalities’. Journal for Environmental Development, vol. 17, January 2016, pp. 57–72. Van Boom N and Mommaas H. (2015). ‘Twintig jaar Creatieve Stad: tussen veerkracht en gebakken lucht’ [Two decades of the Creative City; between resilience and tall tales]. In: H. Klerx et al. (2015) Stadslucht. Publishers: Uitgeverij Valkhof Press ism Academic Forum Tilburg University. Mommaas H. (2014). En dan denk ik aan Brabant. Over het Brabantgevoel in de nieuwste tijd. [Thinking about Brabant. About the ‘feel’ of present-day Brabant]. In: W. van de Donk c.s. (red.) Het Nieuwste Brabant. Den Bosch, Province of North Brabant & Publishers: Uitgeverij Lecturis, pp. 575–597. Zoeteman B and Mommaas H. (2011). ‘The mission reflected in the sustainable development concept: uplifting society’. In: B. Zoeteman (ed) Sustainable Development Drivers, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, pp. 55–74. Hermans F, Horlings I, Mommaas H et al. (2010). ‘The contested redefinition of a sustainable countryside; revisiting Frouws' rurality discourses’. In: Sociologia Ruralis, vol 50, no. 1, pp 46–63. Mommaas H. (2010). ‘Voorbij de branding. Over de strategische omgang met het alledaagse’ [Past the breakers. A strategic approach to daily life]. In: A. Reijndorp & L. Reinders (2010) De alledaagse en de geplande stad. Over identiteit, plek en thuis. SUN Trancity, Amsterdam, pp. 98–107. Mommaas H.(2010). ‘Duurzame ontwikkeling als arena, de Telos ervaring’ [Sustainable development as the arena; the TELOS experience], in Maarten Hajer, Jantine Grijzen en Susan van 't Klooster (eds) Sterke Verhalen. Hoe Nederland de planologie opnieuw uitvindt. Design & Politics # 3, Rotterdam, 010 Publishers, pp 230–250. Van Boom N and Mommaas H. (red.) (2009). Comeback Cities. Vernieuwingsstrategieën voor de Industriestad. Rotterdam, Nai Publishers. Mommaas H, Van den Heuvel M and Knulst W. (2000). De vrijetijdsindustrie in stad en land. Een studie naar de markt van belevenissen [The leisure industry in city and countryside. A study into the experience market]. WRR Voorstudie no. 109. Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hagu