Recent activities

In 2018 our NWO Smart Disaster Governance research team hosted the third edition of the Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies NEEDS3 in the Amsterdam public library. I had the honor to open te conference:


Kees at NEEDS3

NEEDS opening

In February 2018 I was lecturing on Reducing Vulnerabilities and Strengthening Coping and Adaptation Strategies for Sustainable Development, in Pretoria, South Africa, with the instructors from Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa: DiMTEC and the UN University Bonn’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS):

Lecturing DRR social capital Pretoria

fieldwork pretoria

Delegatie DimTech

fieldwork Risk Assessment Pretoria

Presenting a paper on The Power of Networks in Disaster Response during the EGOS Conference in Copenhagen, July 2017:

Prentation at EGOS 2017

In the Fall of 2017 I interviewed representatives of the humanitarian community in Jordan about their roles in the reponse to the Syrian crisis. Here with a NGO employee in Amman:

fieldwork Jordan 2017 Response refugees

Committee member and opponent during the promotion of Nadia Noori. Nadia did a great job defending her thesis on Coordination Dynamics in Diaster Response Operations at the Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, September 2016:

promotion committee Nadia

In 2016 I received the bi-annual senior research award of the Faculty of Social Sciences for the research project Smart Disaster Governance:

FSW Research Award

In 2016 our NWO Smart Disaster Governance research team proudly hosted a delegation from the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein South Africa. Back row from left to right: Andries Jordaan, Andrea Walraven, Annelene van Straten, Joeri Kalkman, Julie Ferguson, Arjen Schmidt, Peter Groenewegen, Jeroen Wolbers, Xiangfei Li and Teun Terpstra. Front row from left to right: Olivia Kunguma, Femke Mulder, Kees Boersma and Johannes Belle:


Observant on behalf of the Red Cross during the Ready2Help excersise in Dordecht, March 2015. Ready2Help is an online platform that facilitates the mobilization of spontaneous volunteering at times of crises:


In 2015 I conducted fieldwork in Nepal into the coordination of the international humanitairian community’s response to the earthquackes that happened in April 2015:

Kathmandu Nepal 2015

Nepal Oxfam

Combining two fields of interests: cycling and events security. Observing safety and security measurements at the Grand Depart Tour de France, Utrecht 2015:

start tour

Since 2012 I am affiliated to the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute IFSI, at Urbana Champaign, where I work with dr. Brian Brauer on fire fighter cultures. I participated in drills and excersises (as part of my fieldwork research) on Rapid Intervention, HAZMAT and Incident Command. In addition, I followed the FEMA courses Incident Command System in classroom settings:

IFSI RIT training

IFSI Planning P

IFSI Hazmat

IFSI Certificates

IFSI commando training

Following instructions on Digital Humanitarian Response at the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. With Jeroen Wolbers: