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Welcome at my page - I am Professor of socio-technical innovation and societal resilience in Faculty of Social Sciences (at the Department of Organization Sciences) and the Faculty of Science (at the Science, Business & Innovation group).

I am co-founder of the Crisis Resilience Academy of the Institute for Societal Resilience. Since 2015 I am board member of the Association Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) and since 2019 I am member of the steering committee of KUNO: Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange. I was visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, at 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.

Research Agenda

In my research I am interested in the role of innovation, organizational change and the use of (new) technologies. My focus is on crisis and disasters in relation to societial resilience: I study new forms of crisis governance and management from the perspective of inter-organizational collaboration and community engagement. In this context, I study how new technologies and innovations are used to improve information sharing, mobilization, new ways of working, steering and coordination, and risk communication.

My research is embedded in various projects with academic and non-academic partners, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the European Union (Horizon 2020 and COST Action) and by public and private institutes.

Currently I am the 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).

My 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. I was Coordinating Lead Author of Science for Disaster Risk Management: knowing better and losing less. (2017), and of Science for Disaster Risk Management: acting today, protecting tomorrow.  (2020), Publications Office of the European Union, Joint Research Center, Ispra.


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. I am the (co)promotor of 10 graduate students.

Current courses

- Master: Organization and Power; Crisis Management 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.

Previous 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

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

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