Since May 2017, I am working at the Department of Civil Engineering and Management (CEM) of the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) at the University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands. I am currently in the Integrated Project Delivery chair where we contribute to creating integrated civil engineering solutions that add value to society.

My research, education and valorisation activities focus on meaningful multi-actor collaboration for the development and implementation of integrative, future-oriented solutions, such as green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. As improving sustainability and climate-resilience in Civil Engineering often requires organizations, sectors and governance structures to transform, the design of integrated and participatory approaches that stimulate learning, reflection and change is central in my work. I am currently especially working on: design methodologies, boundary spanning, capturing public value, transdisciplinary research approaches, participatory resilience assessment and mainstreaming climate-resilience. 

Ongoing collaborations include:

Before joining the University of Twente:

  • I was postdoc researcher at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabr√ľck. My research project KNOW2ADAPT(Jan. 2014 - April 2017) focused on multi-level learning in European cooperation projects. This project was funded through an FP7 Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship.
  • I co-organized an international Autumn School "Concepts, frameworks and methods for the comparative analysis of water governance" (Julich, Germany, 28 Oct. ‚Äď 6 Nov. 2015).¬†For the organization of the event, we received a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.
  • I worked as¬†project manager for international projects at the Dutch Regional Water Authority Vechtstromen (2013). I was involved in the beginning of a European project focusing on governance and drought adaptation (DROP) and a Dutch-funded capacity building¬†project in Vietnam.
  • My PhD research at the University of Twente (Sept. 2008 - May 2013) focused on the effectiveness of Dutch-funded water projects in Romania. Building on insights about policy and knowledge transfer, water governance, knowledge management, social learning and policy evaluation, I investigated the processes and outcomes of three Dutch-Romanian water projects and the Romanian governance context.¬†


  • Social Sciences

    • Governance
    • Project
    • Water
    • Policy
    • Actors
    • Dutch
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Investigation
    • Knowledge


Central in my research is the challenge of achieving a sustainable and climate-resilient living environment. I combine insights from the literature on climate adaptation, urban resilience, social learning, public participation, governance, knowledge management and sustainability transitions. I am particularly interested in identifying patterns and conditions for success, the design of multi-actor processes, the assessment of (learning) outcomes and the effectiveness of new methods and approaches for stakeholder engagement, such as, living labs.

For more details on research, see projects. 

Interests and experience:

  • Topics: Process design, linking multi-actor processes, knowledge development and institutions in the civil engineering domain.
  • Domains: Climate change adaptation, flood risk management, drought adaptation, asset management, integrated area development, drinking water and wastewater treatment.
  • Theories and concepts: Knowledge co-production, social learning, uncertainty management, institutional design, governance assessment, resilience assessment, value capture, international policy/knowledge/technology transfer.
  • Methods: design science, action research, transdisciplinary approaches,¬†qualitative comparative analysis, in-depth case study research.
  • Countries and regions: Province of Overijssel, the Netherlands, Northwest Europe, Romania, Vietnam, Cameroon



Other contributions

PhD thesis:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2013). Transferring water management knowledge: How actors, interaction and context influence the effectiveness of Dutch-funded projects in Romania. Enschede, the Netherlands: University of Twente. Available:

Book (co-editor):

De Boer, C., Vinke-de Kruijf, J., √Ėzer√∂l, G., Bressers, J.T.A. (eds) (2013). Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer International Studies on Contextual Water Management. Oxon: Earthscan from Routledge.

  • Introduction. By: √Ėzer√∂l, G., De Boer, C. & Vinke-de Kruijf, J.
  • Water management solutions: On panaceas and policy transfer. By: Vinke-de Kruijf, J. & √Ėzer√∂l, G.
  • How contextual factors influence the effectiveness of international projects: the case of Dutch-funded flood risk management projects in Romania. By: Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Teodosiu, C., Bressers, H.T.A. & Augustijn, D.C.M.
  • Conclusions. By: Vinke-de Kruijf, J., √Ėzer√∂l, G. & De Boer, C.

Book chapters:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Bressers, H. T. A., & Augustijn, D. C. M. (2015). Integrated Management of the Lower Danube River: Experiences with the Application of Dutch Policy Concepts and Interactive Planning Methods. In C. Iordachi & K. Van Assche (Eds.), The biopolitics of the Danube Delta: Nature, History, Policies (pp. 373-402). London: Lexington Books.

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Kuks, S. M. M., & Augustijn, D. C. M. (2013). Connective capacity in a dynamic context: changing water governance structures in Romania. In J. Edelenbos, N. Bressers & P. Scholten (Eds.), Water governance as connective capacity (pp. 49-67). Surry-London, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishers.

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Augustijn, D. C. M., & Bressers, H. (2012). Integrated and participatory planning to create more Space for the River Danube in Romania. In J. F. Warner, A. Van Buuren & J. Edelenbos (Eds.), Making Space for the River: Governance experiences with multifunctional river flood management in the US and Europe (pp. 163-174). London: IWA Publishing.

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Hulscher, S. J. M. H., & Bressers, J. T. A. (2012). Knowledge transfer in international cooperation projects: experiences from a Dutch-Romanian project. In A. Chavoshian & K. Takeuchi (Eds.), Proceedings of ICFM5: Floods from Risk to Opportunity (Vol. 357, pp. 423-434). Oxfordshire: IAHS Press.


Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2015). Learning about climate change adaptation through European cooperation: a preliminary assessment of the WAVE project. Deliverable 3a of research project KNOW2ADAPT. [Download]

Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne (2015). How to study learning in European cooperation projects? An introduction of a comparative research design. Deliverable 1 of research project KNOW2ADAPT. [Download]

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2015). Plan for outreach, dissemination and engagement of potential users. Deliverable b and c of research project KNOW2ADAPT. [Download]

Boer, Cheryl de and Bressers, Hans and Goddek, Simon and Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne (2013) Report on the application of the governance tool for the Steering Centre for Urban Flood Control (SCFC). Report provided as part of the Capacity building program for the Steering Centre for Flood Control Program in Ho Chi Minh City Available:

Bressers, Hans and Boer, Cheryl de and Lordkipanidze, M. and √Ėzerol, G√ľl and Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne and Farusho, Carina and Lajeunesse, Carina and Larrue, Corinne and Ramos, Maria-Helena and Kampa, Eleftheria and Stein, Ulf and Tr√∂ltzsch, Jenny and Vidaurre, Rodrigo and Browne, Alison (2013). Water governance assessment tool: with an elaboration for drought resilience. CSTM research report, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Bressers, Hans and Boer, Cheryl de and Kuks, S.M.M. and √Ėzerol, G√ľl and Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne (2013) University of Twente water governance assessment tool - Summary. University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2012). The role of Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: Case study 'Integrated Water Management in the Tecucel River Basin'. CE&M research report 2012R-001/WEM-001, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2011). The role of Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: Case study 'Pilot implementation FLIWAS in Banat region, Romania'. CE&M research report 2011R-02/WEM-002, ISSN 1568-4652, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2011). The role of Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: Case study 'Room for the River in Cat‚Äės bend, Romania'. CE&M research report 2011R-001/WEM-001, ISSN 1586-4652, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2009). Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: retrospective case study ‚ÄėTeleorman Flood Risk Management Pilot Project‚Äô. CE&M research report 2009R-004/WEM-004, ISSN 1568-4652, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2009). Applying Dutch Water Expertise Abroad: How to Contribute Effectively in the Romanian Context. Theoretical Framework. CE&M research report 2009R-002/WEM-002, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available:

De Kruijf, J. (2007). Problem structuring in interactive decision-making processes: How interaction, problem perceptions and knowledge contribute to a joint formulation of a problem and its solutions, MSc thesis, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Available:

Professional publications:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., De Boer, C. and Tack, S. (2014). Urban water governance and capacity building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Water Governance (01/2014), 38-42.

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Peppen, D. van, Ottow, B., Sannen, A. and Udo, J. (2013). How to facilitate the transfer of water management knowledge : lessons from Dutch-Romanian project experiences for project implementers, advisors and financers. Partners voor Water, The Hague, the Netherlands. Available:

Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Bressers, J. T. A., Hulscher S.J.H.M., Augustijn, D. C. M. (2012), The challenges of transferring knowledge. Water Governance, 2(1), 63-70.

Research profiles

I am involved in various BSc and MSc courses where I coordinate and teach the following topics:

  • Stakeholder analysis, stakeholder participation, multi-actor collaboration.
  • Urban climate resilience and resilience assessment.
  • Governance assessment and policy implementation.

In the BSc programme of Civil Engineering I currently contribute to Module 2 where I teach Governance of Multi-Actor Problems. In the MSc programme of Civil Engineering & Management I am coordinating the course Urban Resilience in a Changing Climate. I am contributing to various courses, including the MSc course Building with Nature and UT's Transdisciplinary MSc-insert programme. 

I am supervising students with an interest in climate-resilience and climate adaptation, multi-actor processes, stakeholder participation and integrated solutions.

Affiliated study programs

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.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

Currently involved in the following projects (listed from old to new):

  • Design of participatory processes to accelerate climate change adaptation in mid-sized cities,¬†PhD research Franziska Baack, supervision with Joop Halman (CEM-ET), Stefan Kuks and G√ľl √Ėzerol (CSTM-BMS Faculty), collaboration with Province of Overijssel, regional water authority Vechtstromen, municipalities of Enschede and Zwolle, Saxion University of Applied Sciences.
  • Enhancing stakeholder synergies on sustainability in the asphalt road sector, PhD research Angie Ruiz Roblez, supervision with Andr√© Dor√©e, Leentje Volker and Joao Oliveira dos Santos (CEM-ET),¬†collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat, programme Aantoonbaar Duurzaam Asfalt.
  • Towards an integrated approach for flood protection and nature,¬†postdoc project Karin Snel, supervision with Bas Borsje and Leentje Volker (CEM-ET), collaboration with¬†regional water authority Drents-Overijsselse Delta.
  • Flood Resilient Landscapes: towards an integrated and future-proof flood risk management approach,¬†PhD research Max de Vries, supervision with Denie Augustijn (CEM-ET), collaboration with regional water authority Drents-Overijsselse Delta
  • Innovative participatory and collaborative approaches for a transition to sustainable and equitable water use in Europe, PhD research Anne Ellerman, supervision with Kris Lulofs and G√ľl √Ėzerol (CSTM-BMS Faculty), part of the EU Horizon GOVAQUA project.
  • Design of sustainable infrastructure systems,¬†postdoc research Zahra Sadrian, supervision with Leentje Volker and Hans Voordijk.
  • Sustainable and participatory asset management practices for inner-city bridges and quay walls,¬†postdoc starting in October 2023, supervision with Andreas Hartmann (CEM-ET), part of the NWO-NWA project LiveQuay.

Current projects

GOVAQUA (EU-Horizon)

Governance innovations for a transition to sustainable and equitable water use in Europe

GOVAQUA identifies, assesses, develops and validates innovative governance instruments and approaches to support and accelerate a transition towards sustainable and equitable water use in Europe. UT research is led by CSTM (UT-BMS Faculty) and focuses on understanding and assessing under what conditions innovations contribute to a transition and collaborative and participatory approaches.

Dikes and Nature

Towards an integrated approach for flood protection in nature areas

This collaboration project aims to develop, implement and disseminate new knowledge for the implementation of nature-based solutions for flood protection in nature areas. This project is a collaboration between two CEM groups and regional water authority Drents-Overijsselse Delta and is connected to the National Flood Protection Programme financed Dikes & Nature.

LiveQuay (NWO-NWA)

Live Insights for Bridges and Quay walls

LiveQuay provides an integrated assessment of the safety and performance of bridges and quay walls in a decision support platform that is interactive and based on values from stakeholders. UT contributes to better information provision and improved engagement of citizens and other stakeholders in monitoring activities.


Integrated and future-proof approaches for flood resilient landscapes

This project aims to support the implementation of flood resilient landscapes. The project is a collaboration between two CEM groups and regional water authority Drents-Overijsselse Delta and partners in the context of the National Flood Protection Programme funded project Flood Resilient Landscapes

Finished projects

Pilot project Deltaprogramme Spatial Adaptation

Oct. 2020 - March 2022

The initiative "Climate city Enschede: restoration of the Stadsbeek" is one of the pilot projects for the Deltaprogramme Spatial Adptation. As the project slogan "how water moves a city" points out, this project is not just about water and climate. Citizen engagement and empowerment has since the early phases of the project been of key importance. University of Twente researchers will evaluate the participatory approach of the project. In doing so, they will provide new insights in the relation between citizen engagement and widening of the project scope contribute to climate awareness and climate actions of citizens. For more information, see: Researchers involved: Franziska Baack, Beau Warbroek, Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf

Regional Energy Transition as Systemic Integration (RETSI)

Aug. 2020 - July 2022

In the RETSI project, UT researchers cooperate with regional partners to: (1) identify factors influencing energy transition integration potential in rural and urban contexts and their interface; and (2) design new action perspectives for private and public actors for exploiting synergies of energy transition integration in different contexts. This NWO-funded project (MARET call) is implemented in collaboration between 3 UT Faculties (ET, BMS and ITC). For more information in Dutch, see:

Theme project "Critical infrastructure"

April- Nov. 2020

In this Deltares-led project, UT researchers cooperate with various consultancy companies to support regional governments in making decisions about improved protection of critical infrastructure against the projected impacts of climate change. UT contributed to a review of the state-of-the-art literature and conducted a governance assessment. This resulted in several webpages: This project is funded by the national government within the context of its water and climate programme for climate-resilient cities.

Explorative study (POV) highwater protection

July 2017- December 2018

This project was about identifying alternatives for heightening and strengthening the dikes along the Vecht river. In collaboration with regional water authorities Vechtstromen and WDO Delta, and Province of Overijssel. I contributed to this project in an advisory/researcher role. Key outputs include this MSc thesis and a guidance for practitioners (a hardcopy in Dutch is available upon request).

KNOW2ADAPT: Knowledge transfer for climate adaptation

January 2014 - April 2017

In 2013, I received an FP7 Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship for my Know2Adapt project. In this comparative study, we analysed multi-level learning in European cooperation projects. This project was implemented at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabr√ľck.


Acceleration of climate change adaptation in the Province of Overijssel (September 2018 -March 2021)

CATCH+ is a spin-off of the INTERREG project CATCH to accelerate climate change adaptation in the region Province of Overijssel. In this project, the University of Twente collaborates with regional water authority Vechtstromen, the municipalities Enschede and Zwolle, and colleagues of the University of Twente. This project is directly linked to the PhD research of Franziska Baack " (a joint PhD between Civil Engineering and CSTM).


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