dr.ir. J. Vinke - de Kruijf (Joanne)

Associate Professor

About Me

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 Osnabrück. 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. – 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. 



Earth & Environmental Sciences
Climate Change Adaptation
Water Management
Water Resources Management
Social Sciences
Climate Change


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


    Fisk, J. M., Harris, P. A. , Vinke-De Kruijf, J. , Kuks, S. M. M., & Morris, J. C. (2023). Framing Water Infrastructure for Climate Resilience: Governance Dimensions and Challenges. Public Works Management and Policy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087724X231212556
    Vinke - de Kruijf, J., Verbrugge, L. N. H., Schröter , B. , den Haan, R-J. , Cortes Arevalo, V. J., Fliervoet, J. M., Henze, J., & Albert, C. (2022). Knowledge co-production and researcher roles in transdisciplinary environmental management projects. Sustainable development, 30(2), 393-405. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2281
    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: http://doc.utwente.nl/85809/

    Book (co-editor):

    De Boer, C., Vinke-de Kruijf, J., Özeröl, 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: Özeröl, G., De Boer, C. & Vinke-de Kruijf, J.
    • Water management solutions: On panaceas and policy transfer. By: Vinke-de Kruijf, J. & Özeröl, 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., Özeröl, 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: http://doc.utwente.nl/88267/

    Bressers, Hans and Boer, Cheryl de and Lordkipanidze, M. and Özerol, Gül 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 Tröltzsch, 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: http://doc.utwente.nl/86879/

    Bressers, Hans and Boer, Cheryl de and Kuks, S.M.M. and Özerol, Gül and Vinke-de Kruijf, Joanne (2013) University of Twente water governance assessment tool - Summary. University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available: http://doc.utwente.nl/86880/

    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: http://doc.utwente.nl/80901

    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: http://doc.utwente.nl/77882/

    Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2011). The role of Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: Case study 'Room for the River in Cat‘s bend, Romania'. CE&M research report 2011R-001/WEM-001, ISSN 1586-4652, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available: http://doc.utwente.nl/77883/

    Vinke-de Kruijf, J. (2009). Dutch expertise in Romanian water projects: retrospective case study ‘Teleorman Flood Risk Management Pilot Project’. CE&M research report 2009R-004/WEM-004, ISSN 1568-4652, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Available: http://doc.utwente.nl/77884/

    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: http://doc.utwente.nl/77885/

    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: http://essay.utwente.nl/524

    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: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/hydrotheek/2048059

    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.

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    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 Programmes



    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 Gül Özerol (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 André Dorée, 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 Gül Özerol (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.


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    Faculty of Engineering Technology
    Horst Complex (building no. 20), room Z227
    De Horst 2
    7522LW  Enschede
    The Netherlands

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