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Robert is an assistant professor in Organization Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He focuses on the role of civil society and citizens during crises and disasters. He is interested in understanding how their knowledge and expertise are applied (or not) by decision-makers to prevent, ameliorate, or deal with critical situations. 

Previously, he was an associated researcher and work package leader in the H2020 project LINKS, "Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience", a comprehensive study on disaster governance in Europe. Within LINKS, Robert was particularly interested in vulnerability and diversity's role in disasters and how civil society organisations (formal or informal) contribute to better crisis responses.

Robert's PhD project explored organisational dynamics in refugee reception and integration in the Netherlands from 2011–2021. He studied the interaction between governmental organisations, civil society (sporadic, emergent or established) and volunteers and how they engage in the reception and inclusion of refugees. In addition, he examined refugees' role in the processes that claim to receive, integrate and include them in Dutch society.

All in all, Robert is interested in the constraining and enabling aspects of collaboration between different societal actors connected by a common complex societal issue (e.g., migration, refugee reception, disasters) and the impact these various forms of collaboration have on societal resilience.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

User created Keywords

  • Societal resilience
  • Multi-level governance
  • Multi-partner collaboration
  • Refugees
  • Migration
  • Co-Creation
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Crisis governance
  • Organizational resilience
  • Living Labs
  • Interspace
  • Innovation
  • Disasters


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