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Research profile

The following themes are central to the research and teaching of Ellen van Bueren:

  • Governance and management of integrated urban and infrastructure (re)development,
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration, coordination and decision-making (private-public-people partnerships)
  • Institutional drivers and barriers for decision-making
  • Transdisciplinary learning, living labs, urban experimentation

In particular she focuses on the following topics: 

  • Sustainable development, urban resilience
  • Circular economy, resource management
  • Energy transition, climate adaptation
  • Technological and infastructure innovation

 Ellen teaches in the following programmes:

  • Architecture (BSc.)
  • Management in the Built Environment (MSc. track in Architecture)
  • Industrial Ecology (joint MSc. TUDelft-Leiden University)
  • Master City Developer (MSc. for urban professionals, joint programme with Erasmus University)
  • MSc. MADE (Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering

Elllen is involved in the following research and valorisation initiatives:

  • AMS - Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Amsterdam, Principal Investigator
  • LDE Centre for Sustainability - Leiden-Delft-Erasmus collaboration focusing on circular economy and resource efficiency (daily board member)
  • DIMI - Delft Institute for Infrastructure and Mobility (board member)
  • Master City Developer (academic committee, board member)
  • Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling (board member, member scientific committee)

Publications (selection): 

  • Ersoy, A., & van Bueren, E. (2020). Challenges of urban living labs towards the future of local innovation. Urban Planning5(4), 89-100.
  • Van den Berghe, K., Bucci Ancapi, F., & van Bueren, E. (2020). When a Fire Starts to Burn. The Relation Between an (Inter) nationally Oriented Incinerator Capacity and the Port Cities’ Local Circular Ambitions. Sustainability12(12), 4889.
  • Uyttebrouck, C., van Bueren, E., & Teller, J. (2020). Shared housing for students and young professionals: evolution of a market in need of regulation. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment35(4), 1017-1035.
  • Ersoy, A., Bryson, J., & Van Bueren, E. (2020). Unlocking values through infrastructure interdependencies. Infrastructure Asset Management, 1-10.
  • Bueren, E. van, H. van Bohemen, L. Itard and H. Visscher (eds.) (2012). Sustainable urban environments: an ecosystem approach, Dordrecht: Springer 
  • Bueren,  E. van, and Jong, J. de (2007). Establishing Sustainability: Policy Successes and Failures, Building Research & Information, 35(5), 543–556. 

Past editorial positions:

  • Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
  • Infrastructure Complexity
  • Bestuurskunde (Dutch Journal of Public Administration)

Recent research projects (2019-2020):

  • TransCiBo - Transitioning Behaviour in Construction for a Circular Transition (NWO)
  • Circular Urban Area Development (ACCEZ) 
  • CircuMat - Supporting the development of a regional circular economy (EIT Raw Materials)
  • World Bank Group - Developing a urban resilience evaluation framework 
  • City-zen - development of GO2Zero - serious game supporting the local energy transition / urban retrofitting (EU-FP7 project)
  • Development of a living lab methodology (in collaboration with AMS)

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Advisory Board Member, Urban Impact Ventures

1 Sept 2020 → …

Supervisory Board Member VERDUS Programme, Netherlands Organisation for Science Research (NWO)

1 May 2020 → …

Expert Member (lid College van Deskundigen), Stichting Visitatie Woningcorporaties Nederland

1 May 2020 → …


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