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Academic background

Dr. Wouter Jan Verheul is a senior researcher and lecturer in urban development management at the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft. He is also programme manager of the executive Master City Developer (MCD). His PhD thesis (2012) discussed the development of iconic urban projects and his current research focuses on governance of large scale urban projects and their catalytic effects, placemaking, place branding and urban area transformations.  

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Selection of 12 publications in a variety of topics:

  • Verheul, W.J. & Hobma, F. (2022) Institutionele ruimte voor wonen: de woningcrisis en achterliggende systeemkwesties op de agenda. In Bestuurskunde, Jaargang 31, nr. 1.
  • Verheul, W.J., Heurkens, E., Hobma, F. (2021) Nieuwe verhoudingen in omgevingsparticipatie: participatie georganiseerd door private partijen. Den Haag: Platform31.
  • Verheul, W.J. & Bokhorst, M. (2021) Bestuurlijke manie bij prestigeprojecten: van maquette naar mislukking. In: Bestuurskunde, Jaargang 30, nr. 1.
  • Verheul, W.J., T. Daamen, E. Heurkens. F. Hobma, S. van Zoest (2019) Leren van Stedelijke Transformatie. Over sturingsdilemma's en veerkracht in binnenstedelijke gebiedsontwikkeling. Den Haag: Platform31. 
  • Chen, Y, T. Daamen, E. Heurkens, Verheul, W.J. (2019) Interdisciplinary and Expertial Learning in Urban Development Management. In: International Journal of Technology and Design Education. July 2019.
  • Konst, A., R. van Melik, W.J. Verheul (2018) Civic-led Public Space. Favourable conditions for the management of community gardens. In: Town Planning Review 89 (6).
  • Verheul, W.J. (2017) Placemaking and the Discourse of the Public Space. In: Laven et al. The City at eye Level. Wageningen: Blauwdruk.
  • Verheul, W.J. (2016) Embedded Developments. The Connection between Buildings and a Place. In: Unfinished Icon. Maison d'Artiste. Rotterdam: Nai Publishers.
  • Verheul, W.J. & T.A. Daamen (2014) Stedelijke ontwikkeling als een emergente adaptieve strategie. Bestuurswetenschappen. 66e jaargang (nr. 3).
  • Verheul, W.J. (2013) Op zoek naar de heilige graal van katalysatorprojecten in stadsontwikkeling In: Real Estate Research Quarterly. 2013 (4).
  • Verheul, W.J. (2012) Stedelijke Iconen. Het ontstaat van beeldbepalende projecten tussen betoog en beton. Den Haag: BoomLemma.
  • Verheul, W.J. & L. Schaap (2010) The Challanges and Pitfalls of Mayrol Leadership. In: International Quarterly of Public Administration. Vol. 88 (2).



Wouter Jan is a program leader of the Master City Developer (MCD) a two-year parttime master program for urban professionals working on strategic levels. Apart from this he is a lecturer in the initial masterprogram Management in the Built Environment (MBE) and visiting lecturer at several universities.

Selection of 7 courses/programs

  • Master City Developer - Module ‘Urban Governance: Networks, alliances and urban development (coordinator and lecturer)
  • Master City Developer - Module ‘International Urban Development: shaping places, in Boston and New York City (with lectures at Harvard University, Cambridge and Columbia University, New York) (coordinator and lecturer)
  • Master Management in the Built Environment - Course ‘Urban (Re)Development: Integrating Planning, Design and Property Development’ (lecturer and supervisor)
  • Master course 'Re-design. From area to building block' (lecturer)
  • Honour Course ‘Business Case Transformation and Re-Use’ (lecturer)
  • Graduation supervisor of master and post-master students (MBE and MCD)
  • Slim leergang voor professionals 'Gebiedstransformaties' (TU Delft en UvA)



Wouter Jan Verheul welcomes interviews on any of the above mentioned topics (contact: [email protected]). 

Selection of 12 items:

  • AVRO/TROS 'EenVandaag' television and radio episode on the Floriade project (2022)
  • Volkskrant 'Vijf lessen over de Floriade en andere prestigeprojecten' (2022)
  • KRO/NCRV 'Pointer' television episode on urban prestige projects (2021)
  • Algemeen Dagblad 'Hoe creeer je een icoon?' (2018)
  • Financieele Dagblad 'Den Haag maakt ruimte voor innovatie' (2017)
  • Documentary ‘Betoog en Beton’ A documentary about iconic projects (2016)
  • BNR Newsradio ‘Nieuwe Stations’ (interview) (2016)
  • NRC Handelsblad ‘Station zou visitekaartje van de stad moeten zijn’ (opiniepagina): (2015)
  • Trouw: ‘Debat nieuw stadion moet gaan over stadsidentiteit’ (2013)
  • Volkskrant (interview) ‘Betoog achter beton moet kloppen’ (2012)
  • Radio 1 (AVRO): 'Stedelijke iconen' (2012)
  • NRC Handelsblad: 'Stadsbestuurders moeten grote projecten beter onderbouwen' (2012)



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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Parttime consultant


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