I’m Programme Manager at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. 

Next to managing the Master's programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, I'm also the internationalization coordinator for the faculty ITC

Since graduating as a physical geographer from Utrecht University I have been working at the intersection of Social Science and Physical Spatial Planning, where stakeholder interests and land-use conflicts are at play. My scientific interests are in the fields of PGIS (Participatory Mapping and GIS), VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) and citizen-based mobile mapping and monitoring initiatives, and the role this plays in the interaction between Policy-makers, Planners and Citizens.

I have been working as a lecturer and researcher for the faculty ITC for twenty years, until 2018, when I became programme manager of the Master's programme Geo-informations Science and Earth Observation.

My main experience abroad is in Sub-Saharan Africa where I have worked on various projects in education and research. I have however worked on most continents. 

Expertise

  • Social Sciences

    • Water
    • Approach
    • Service Industries
    • Boundaries
  • Computer Science

    • Service
    • Empowerment
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Cartography
    • Error

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I’m a Lecturer/Researcher at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Since graduating as a physical geographer from Utrecht University I’ve been working at the intersection of Social Science and Physical Spatial Planning, where stakeholder interests and land use conflicts are at play. My work related interests are in PGIS/PPGIS (Participatory Mapping and GIS), VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) and Citizen Science and the role local spatial knowledge plays in the interaction between Policy-makers, Planners and Citizens.

 

Expertise

My main expertise is related to PGIS/PPGIS (Participatory Mapping and GIS), VGI (Volunteered Geographic Information) and Citizen Science and the role local spatial knowledge plays in the interaction between Policy-makers, Planners and Citizens. Since 2009 I have applied this expertise for a large part in projects dealing with public water service provision in East Africa.

Key publication:

Verplanke, J.J., McCall, M.K., Uberhuaga, C., Rambaldi, G. and Haklay, M. (2016) A shared perspective for PGIS and VGI. In: The cartographic journal, 53 (2016)4 pp. 308-317. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00087041.2016.1227552

Publications

2023
2022
2020

Research profiles

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Finished projects

Cookbook and Curriculum for Community Urban Resilience Mapping – (COCOMAP)

A world bank funded project to document the methodology of Dar Ramani Huria (ramanihuria.org, Swahili for “Dar Open Map”), a community-based mapping project in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Dar Ramani Huria is training teams of local university students and community members from throughout Dar Es Salaam to use OpenStreetMap to create sophisticated and highly-accurate maps of Dar es Salaam. These maps are being used to make the city flood resilient. COCOMAP also provides courseware, based on the documentation, which universities can use to include the Ramani Huria methodology into their curriculum. (2017-2018)

Revolutionizing the Information infrastructure of Public Services

Funded through the Human Development Innovation Fund for Tanzania (HDIF); in cooperation with SNV, University of Dar es Salaam and Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB). This project intends to improve the information and communication infrastructure of public water services in Tanzania through two parallel tracks. First, it improves the ICT by which real time reports on the functionality of public Rural Water Supply (RWS) can be collected (mobile phones), disseminated, analysed, and visualised at different stakeholder levels. Second, this project facilitates a behaviour change among relevant stakeholders in RWS so as to ensure responsiveness to and demands for functionality of water services. This will be undertaken through tailored capacity development with a focus on the full existing cycle of information exchange at all institutional levels of public water supply. (2015-2017)

Research project SEMA (Sensors Empowerment and Accountability)

WOTRO funded research under Prof. Y. Georgiadou of the University of Twente in cooperation with the University of Dar es Salaam; Duration 2012-2016; This research is looking into the accountability of public service providers and the ways in which citizens (in East-Africa) can use mobile communications technology to hold service providers for water, sanitation and healthcare accountable. Particular involvement in assessment of the Water Point Mapping and Updating Procedures of the Ministry of Water and the development of methodologies and applications for improvement of these mapping and updating procedures. Tasks: research and project coordination (2012-2016)

Address

University of Twente

Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1287
Hallenweg 8
7522 NH Enschede
Netherlands

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