Dr. Ingmar van Meerkerk (1986) is assistant professor at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Van Meerkerk graduated his Master cum laude in 2009 on the basis of his thesis on the (financial-economic) steering relation between Ministries and quasi-autonomous executive bodies. In 2014 he defended his PhD thesis. His PhD thesis is about the role and effects of boundary spanners on democratic throughput legitimacy and performance of governance networks in the field of complex land use issues. Two different kinds of governance networks have been studied: governance networks in which governmental organizations have a leading role and governance networks in which self-organizing citizens have a leading role. Both quantitative survey research and qualitative (comparative and single) case study research have been conducted in this respect. His thesis is based on 4 international peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter in an International Edited Volume on interactive governance.
After completion of his Ph.D. research, van Meerkerk continued working as a researcher at the Department of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam, doing both research projects, such as an evaluation study of interdisciplinary research for the ARCH FP7 project, and lecturing (e.g. lecturing and guidance of Bachelor theses).
In 2014, van Meerkerk received a research grant from IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam for his research proposal about an international comparative study on boundary spanning for community driven co-production in dealing with poverty reduction and urban regeneration. In October 2014 van Meerkerk started as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public Administration, conducting this research project.
His current research activities are focused on citizen self-organization or citizen initiatives (mostly in the field of urban regeneration). He specifically uses the concept of boundary-spanners and boundary-spanning activities to analyze the interaction between citizen collectives, professionals and traditional institutions of policy and politics. He focuses on the role, activities and challenges of boundary-spanners in such encounters, as well as their mutual interaction and effects on legitimacy and performance of urban regeneration.
Key words of research activities / publications: Citizen Self-Organization; Citizen participation; Boundary Spanning; Governance networks; Democratic (Throughput) Legitimacy; Network Performance;
S. Verweij, I.F. van Meerkerk & W. Leendertse (2020). Het prestatievoordeel van publiek-private samenwerking: een analyse van transportinfrastructuurprojecten in Nederland. Beleid en Maatschappij, 47 (3), 269-289. doi: 10.5553/BenM/138900692020047003003
J. Edelenbos, I.F. van Meerkerk & J.F.M. Koppenjan (2017). The challenge of innovating politics in community self-organization: the case of Broekpolder. Public Management Review (print), 19 (1), 55-73. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2016.1200663
J. Edelenbos, I.F. van Meerkerk & J.F.M. Koppenjan (2021). The challenge of innovating politics in community self-organization: the case of Broekpolder. In E. Sørensen (Ed.), Political Innovations. Creative Transformations in Policy, Politics and Policy (pp. 55-73). London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group
I.F. van Meerkerk, J. Edelenbos & E.H. Klijn (2020). Survey approach. In J. Voets, R. Keast & C. Koliba (Eds.), Network and collaboration in the public sector; essential research approaches, methodologies and analytical tools (Rouledge Critical Studies in Public Management) (pp. 64-81). London: Routledge doi: 10.4324/9781315544939-4
I.F. van Meerkerk, M.C. Zwanenburg & M.M.J. van Eerd (2017). Enabling and constraining conditions for boundary-spanning in community-led urban regeneration: A conceptual model. In M.P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos & K. van Rooijen (Eds.), Urban Governance in the Realm of Complexity (pp. 169-194). Warwickshire: Practical Action doi: 10.3362/9781780449685.008
I.F. van Meerkerk & J. Edelenbos (2016). Complementary boundary-spanning leadership: making civic-induced interactive governance work. In J. Edelenbos & I. Van Meerkerk (Eds.), Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance. Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance (pp. 467-490). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781783479078.00027
J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Introduction: three reflecting perspectives on interactive governance. In J. Edelenbos & I. Van Meerkerk (Eds.), Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance. Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance (pp. 1-28). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781783479078.00006
J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Conclusions: synthesizing key reflections and exploring new avenues for research and debate on interactive governance. In J. Edelenbos & I. Van Meerkerk (Eds.), Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance. Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance (pp. 491-520). Cheltenham: Edwar Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781783479078.00028
J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Vitality in interactive governance: conditions and challenges. In R.D. Margerum & C.J. Robinson (Eds.), Challenges of Collaborative Governance in Environmental Governance (pp. 108-127). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781785360411
J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Normative Theory. In J. Torfing & C. Ansell (Eds.), Handbook on Theories of Governance (pp. 402-415). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar doi: 10.4337/9781782548508
M. Igalla, J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2018). Performing well? A survey study on the outcomes of community-based initiatives and their performance antecedents. Paper IRSPM Conference 2018: Edinburgh.
M.J. Nederhand & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Governmental framing of citizens in welfare services: partners or clients? IRSPM Conference: Hong Kong.
M.J. Nederhand & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Casting the role of citizens in Dutch welfare reforms: partners instead of customers? EGPA Conference: Utrecht.
I.F. van Meerkerk & J. Edelenbos (2014). The art of practicing boundary spanning between a citizen initiative and local government: making interactive governance work. IPA Conference: Wageningen, the Netherlands (2014, juli 3 - 2014, juli 5).
J. Edelenbos, I.F. van Meerkerk & T. Schenk (2014). Evolution of Community Self-Organization: Insights from Case Studies in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States. IRSPM Conference: Ottawa, Canada (2014, april 9 - 2014, april 11).
S. Verweij, H. Geerlings, J.F.M. Koppenjan & I.F. van Meerkerk (2013). Institutional interventions in urban systems: Rearranging complexity and managing interfaces. Challenges of Making Public Administration and Complexity Theory Work: La Verne, CA, United States of America (2013, juni 5 - 2013, juni 8).
I.A. Korthagen & I.F. van Meerkerk (2012). Mediatized legitimacy of local governance processes. A comparative case study on water management projects. Paper for the IRSPM Conference 2012, panel: Local Governance: Rome (2012, april 11 - 2012, april 13).
I.A. Korthagen & I.F. van Meerkerk (2012). Mediatized legitimacy of local governance processes. IPA Conference 2012: Tilburg (2012, juli 5 - 2012, juli 7).
I.F. van Meerkerk & J. Edelenbos (2012). The effects of boundary spanners on trust and performance of urban governance networks. Paper for the IRSPM conference, Panel: Predicting the performance of public networks: Rome (2012, april 11 - 2012, april 13).
M.M.A.C. van Ostaijen & I.F. van Meerkerk (2012). Interpassivity, mild despotism and democratic vitality. Paper for the Philosophical Conference on Interactive Metal Fatigue: Rotterdam (2012, juni 6 - 2012, juni 8).
J. Edelenbos, I.F. van Meerkerk & C.J.M. van Leeuwen (2012). Vitality in complex regional water systems. AESOP Complexity and the Collaborative Rationale to Planning: Groningen (2012, november 16 - 2012, november 17).
I.F. van Meerkerk, J. Edelenbos & E.H. Klijn (2011). The effects of complexity sensitive management on legitimacy of governance networks. Findings from a survey research on water projects in The Netherlands. The annual conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Panel: Policy Games, Collaboration Networks and the Politics of Conflict in Water Management.: Seattle (WA, USA) (2011, september 1 - 2011, september 4).
I.F. van Meerkerk, M. van Maasakkers, J. Edelenbos & A.F.L. Slob (2011). Boundary judgments and their consequences for the governance of complex spatial-water issues. A comparison of the Dutch Haringvliet sluices and the American Atchafalaya Basin. Paper for the International Conference: ‘Resilience 2011. Resilience, Innovation and Sustainability: Navigating the Complexities of Global Change: Arizona (2011, maart 11 - 2011, maart 16).
I.F. van Meerkerk, B. Boonstra & J. Edelenbos (2011). Self-organization in urban regeneration. A two case comparative research. Paper for 9th meeting of AESOP Thematic group on Complexity and Planning. Self-organization and spatial planning.: Istanbul (2011, april 29 - 2011, april 30).
J. Verkerk, I.F. van Meerkerk & M.W. van Buuren (2011). Multilevel water governance from a complexity perspective. ESF Conference "Water Governance: Meeting the Challenges of Global Change": Obergurgl (2011, juni 5 - 2011, juni 10).
I.F. van Meerkerk, M.W. van Buuren & J. Edelenbos (2010). Resilient governance systems: facing and adapting to climate change. Finding balances between conservative and dissipative self-organization. Paper for the International Conference `Deltas in Times of Climate Change 2010¿: Rotterdam (2010, september 29 - 2010, oktober 1).
I.F. van Meerkerk, M. Kok, M. Rijswick, R. Brouwer, J. Edelenbos & G.R. Teisman (2010). Governance analyse van het Kierbesluit. Afsluitende congres Leven met Water: Rotterdam (2010, januari 14 - 2010, januari 14).
I.F. van Meerkerk (2010). Resilience of governance systems dealing with climate adaptation issues. Paper for the AESOP Thematic Group meeting: Stockholm (2010, februari 26 - 2010, februari 27).
I.F. van Meerkerk (2009). Resilient governance of social-ecological systems. NIG Conference: Leiden (2009, november 12 - 2009, november 13).
I.F. van Meerkerk, M.W. van Buuren & J. Edelenbos (2009). Creating waterproof cities. Adaptation between threat and challenge. SENSE SYMPOSIUM Climate Proofing Cities: Volendam (2009, december 1).
J. Edelenbos & I.F. van Meerkerk (2009). Self-governance and the resilience of democratic institutions: the Dutch Case Broekpolder. ECPR General Conference: Potsdam (2009, september 10 - 2009, september 12).
M.J. Nederhand & I.F. van Meerkerk (2016). Osborne Best Paper Award.