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dr. ir. FK Boersma


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    Kees Boersma is Associate Professor and Research Manager at the Department of Organization Sciences. His interest is in Societal Resilience, in Crisis and Disaster Governance and in Organizational Innovation. He is founder of the Crisis Resilience Academy of the Institute for Societal Resilience. He is Vice President of the Association Information Systems for Crisis Management and Response (ISCRAM). He was visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA and at the North-West University and the University of the Free State in South Africa.

    His research is embedded in various projects with academic and non-academic partners, founded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the European Union (Horizon 2020 and COST Action) and by public and private institutes. Currently he is Project Leader of the EU Horizon 2020 project "LINKS: Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience" (16 partners), and Work Package leader of the EU Horizon 2020 COVID-19 project "HERoSHealth Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems" (11 partners).

    His work is published in a variety of journals including Organization Studies, Human Relations, the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Public Administration, in book chapters and edited volumes. He was Coordinating Lead Author of Science for disaster risk management: knowing better and losing less. EUR 28034 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Joint Research Center, Ispra.

    Research Agenda

    In my research I am interested in the role of innovation, organizational change and the development, implementation and use of (new) technologies. I study crisis governance and management from the perspective of inter-organizational collaboration and community engagement.

    While the world always has a known disruptions and crises, today's rapid urbanization, climate change and globalization create a sense of urgency to adjust crisis governance systems. The kind of crises we have to deal with today are characterized by multiple causes, ambiguity of effects and various means of resolution, as well as a shared belief that decisions must be made collectively. Formal authorities, under pressure to 'restore order' struggle to govern collaborating responding networks and local communities and to manage potentially conflicting interests and actions. Traditional, top-down, command and control solutions and paradigms fall short, and new perspectives must be developed and researched to create collaborative value, risk reduction and resilience. For details about my research and activities, see my personal website.


    My courses are related to topics such as organizational theory, physical safety, crisis and disaster governance, innovation management, and cultural dynamics. I teach at Bachelor's, Master's and Graduate School Levels. I hold University Teaching Qualification (BKO) and Senior Qualification Teaching (SKO) certificates.

    From 2015-2018 I was the Programme Director for the Master's Culture, Organization and Management and Policy, Communication and Organizations. The main tasks included: curriculum development, quality control, and coordination. In 2018 I coordinated the external audit of the Master's prorammes leading to the re-accrediation. Currently, I am coordinator of various courses at different levels. I supervised over 150 students with Master's thesis writing. Currently I am the (co)promotor of 8 graduate students.

    Current courses

    - Master: Organization and Power; Crisis and Disaster Governance (Fysieke Veiligheid en Crisisbeheersing within the track Besturen voor Veiligheid)

    - Research Master: Foundations of Societal Resilience

    - Graduate School: Selected Qualitative Methods

    - Block course with University of the Free State, South Africa, and the UN University on: Participatory Risk Assessment

    - MSc and PhD Thesis supervision


    2018:    Best PhD Supervisor Award, Graduate School Faculty of Social Sciences

    2018:   Distinguished Service Award ISCRAM Association

    2017:    Outstanding contribution in reviewing for International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

    2016:    Bi-annual senior research award of the Faculty of Social Sciences for the research project Smart Disaster Governance

    2014/18:  Various grants from the Institute for Societal Resilience for research projects on crisis management, safety and security

    2006: Research grant Center for Comparative Social Science (CCSS), Amsterdam. Research project: Networks of Research

    2002:    EBHA Dissertation Award, awarded in Helsinki, Finland

    Current grants

    2020-2024: project leader and PI of the EU Horizon 2020 project "LINKS: Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience", with 16 partners from 7 European countries and Japan. Total budget: €5.2 M.

    2020-2023: Work Package leader on multi-layered disaster governance in the EU Horizon 2020 CORONAVIRUS project "HERoSHealth Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems", with 10 partners from 7 European countries, with total budget 2.8 M., the Governance Work Package budget: 360 K.

    Other grants (selection)

    2014-2019: PI and project leader of the NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) funded project on “Enhancing Smart Disaster Governance: Assessing the potential of the net-centric approach.” Co-financed by 4 Safety Regions, the Institute for Physical Safety (IFV) and Oxfam Novib and Cordaid. Grant: 700.000

    2019: Co-creation project Amsterdam Living Lab: a resilience approach to crisis management and communication. With the Municipality Amsterdam, Safety Region Amsterdam Amstelland and the Institute for Societal Resilience (Joris Rijbroek). Total budget €60.000

    2019: Integrative project/workshop on Transitions in food-water-energy infrastructures, Amsterdam Sustainability Institute, with prof. Petra van Dam and prof. Sjoerd Kluiving. Grant: 9.500

    2017: project on Crisis management en informatiedelen in de actute zorg. With the Actute Zorgregio Oost. Grant: 25.000

    2017: project on Data and Security with dr. Jeroen Wolbers. With the Next Generations Infrastructures. Grant: 19.500

    2016: Coordinating Lead Author of the report "Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017". With the EU Joint Research Center Ispra. Grant: 15.500

    2015: project on Local Resilience Capacity Building for Flood Mitigation, co-applicant. Main applicant: prof. Dave Huitema. With the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection programme. Grant: 100.000

    2013: project on Partnership Development Smart Governance, NWO. Main applicant, with Peter Groenewegen, Julie Ferguson and Scott Poole. Grant: 20.000

    2011: project on Cultural Change in Netcentric Operations. Main applicant, with prof. Jaap den Heer. With the Platform Netcentric Operations (Crisisplein). Grant: 53.000

    2010 project Public Values in Urban Mega Projects. With Next Generations Infrastructures. Co applicant; PI: Prof Alfons van Marrewijk. Grant: 260.000

    2010: project Volunteers in Urban Neighborhoods Development, with Cybersoek. NWO ZonMw, Project leader: Ellen van Eeden: 40.000


    Ancillary activities

    • Coöperatieve Vereniging de Buurtmaatschap | Amsterdam | Commissaris | 2012-01-01 - present
    • Stichting ZIP/Cybersoek | Amsterdam | Chief Executive Officer | 2013-12-02 - present

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