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I am Associate Professor and Research Manager at the Department of Organization Sciences. My interest in research and teaching is in Organization and Innovation Studies and Crisis and Disaster Management. 


I am interested in organizational and technical innovations in crisis and disaster management.

While the world always has 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 are needed (to be developed and researched) that create collaborative value and enable resilience. In my research I study crisis governance and management from the perspective of inter-organizational collaboration, decision-making and sensemaking. In addition, I am interested in the role of innovation and (new) technologies in crisis and disaster response.


My courses are related to topics such as organizational theory, innovation management, culture and change, and crisis and disaster management. I teach at Bachelor's, Master's and Graduate School Levels. I received the Senior Qualification Teaching (SKO) certificate in March 2019, and the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) certificate in 2015.

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, academic leadership, and the coordination of the external audit that took place in 2018. Currently, I am coordinator of various courses at different levels. I supervised over 150 students with Master's thesis writing. I am the (co)promotor of 8 graduate students.

Current courses

- Organization Sciences (S-OS)

- Crisis and Disaster Governance (Fysieke Veiligheid en Crisisbeheersing within the track Besturen voor Veiligheid)

- Summer School: Big Data and Crisis Management

- 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

Main grant

2014-2019: I am the 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

Other grants (selection)

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

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 1999 2019

A port in a storm: spontaneous volunteering and grassroots movements in Amsterdam. A resilient approach to the (European) refugee crisis

Boersma, F. K., Kraiukhina, A., Larruina, R. L., Lehota, Z. & Nury, E. O., 2019, In : Social Policy and Administration. p. 728-742 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Social Movements
organizational structure

Bringing the state back in to humanitarian crises response: Disaster governance and challenging collaborations in the 2015 Malawi flood response

Hendriks, T. D. & Boersma, F. K., 1 Nov 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 40, p. 1-7 7 p., 101262.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
natural disaster

Configuring emergency response networks

Treurniet, W., Boersma, F. K. & Groenewegen, P., 2019, In : International Journal of Emergency Management. 15, 4, p. 316 333 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Enhancing Disaster Response for Hazardous Materials Using Emerging Technologies: The Role of AI and a Research Agenda

Radianti, J., Dokas, I., Boersma, K., Noori, N. S., Belbachir, N. & Stieglitz, S., 2019, Engineering Applications of Neural Networks: 20th International Conference, EANN 2019, Proceedings. Jayne, C., Iliadis, L., Macintyre, J. & Maglogiannis, I. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 368-376 9 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 1000).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials
Scenario Analysis

Operational Reliability in Complex Temporary Organizations

Zuiderwijk, D. C. & Boersma, F. K., 26 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the 29th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2019). Beer, M. & Zio, E. (eds.). Singapore: Research Publishing, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
risk management

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Editorial work

Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (Journal)

Julie Ferguson (Associate editor), A.J. Schmidt (Associate editor), F.K. Boersma (Associate editor)
1 Feb 201630 Jun 2017

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic