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My research interest is in Organization Studies and Crisis Management

I am/was teacher in, among others, the courses Organizational Behavior, Technology and Culture, Politics in Organization, Organizational Theory


  • Organization Sciences (S-OS), part of the international master COM and the national master BCO

  • Summer School: big data and crisis management

  • Graduate School: Selective Qualitative Methods

  • MSc Thesis



2018    Best Supervisor Award, Graduate School Faculty of Social Sciences

2018    Distinguished Service Award ISCRAM association

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

2002    EBHA Dissertation Award, awarded in Helsinki, Finland



My research addresses the problem of social and organizational crisis and problems of dis-organization. Crisis – like man-made and natural disasters and incidents but also ‘planned’ disruptions such as urban mega-events – upset society, challenge our critical infrastructures, and make taken-for-granted societal patterns visible. They influence and shake all sorts of organizations, change the relationships between people and their socio-material environments, and have profound consequences for organizational work routines, communication patterns and information sharing/collecting practices. At the same time organizations are supposed to ‘fight’ the crisis, be(come) prepared for the unknown, and form collations with other agencies and local communities. The question then is how the crisis situations affect the social and organizational identities of individuals, the work(space) cultures, the actions of (first response) organizations, and the interactions between organizations and society/citizens.

I am the project leader of the NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) funded project (2014-2018) on “Enhancing Smart Disaster Governance: Assessing the potential of the net-centric approach.”

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 2018

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., 25 Mar 2018, In : Social Policy and Administration. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Social Movements
organizational structure

Are you Ready2Help? Conceptualizing the management of online and onsite volunteer convergence

Schmidt, A., Wolbers, J., Ferguson, J. & Boersma, K., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. 26, 3, p. 338-349 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Big data, surveillance and crisis management

Boersma, F. K. & Fonio, C., 2018, Big data, surveillance and crisis management. Boersma, K. & Fonio, C. (eds.). Routledge, p. 1-16 15 p. (Routlegde Studies in Surveillances; vol. 1)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Big data, surveillance and crisis management

Boersma, F. K. (ed.) & Fonio, C. (ed.), 2018, Routledge. 245 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

organization theory
information society

Citizens in crisis and disaster management: Understanding barriers and opportunities for inclusion

Ferguson, J., Schmidt, A. & Boersma, K., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. 26, 3, p. 326-328 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Editorial work

Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (Journal)

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

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


Best Supervisor Award

F.K. Boersma (Recipient), 18 May 2018

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Bi-annual research award of the Faculty of Social Sciences, VU Amsterdam

F.K. Boersma (Recipient), 10 Jan 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Distinghuised Service Award ISCRAM Association

F.K. Boersma (Recipient), 22 May 2018

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

European Business History Association Dissertation Award

F.K. Boersma (Recipient), 1 Mar 2002

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic