dr. (Ingmar) IF van Meerkerk

dr. (Ingmar) IF van Meerkerk
Assistant professor Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences Public Administration
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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**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; 

  • Ingmar Meerkerk (2016) - Spanning tussen praktijk en theorie? - Rooilijn, 49, 304-306

  • Arwin Buuren, Michael Duijn, Jurian Edelenbos, Liselotte Hagen, Margot Hermus, Malika Igalla, Ingmar Meerkerk, Astrid Molenveld, José Nederhand, Jitske Verkerk, SM Ruijsink & William Voorberg (2018) - Successful collaboration between bottom-up initiatives and local governments. Development of a comprehensive framework
  • José Nederhand & Ingmar Meerkerk (2016) - Governmental framing of citizens in welfare services: partners or clients?
  • José Nederhand & Ingmar Meerkerk (2016) - Casting the role of citizens in Dutch welfare reforms: partners instead of customers?
  • S (Stefan) Verweij, Harry Geerlings, Joop Koppenjan & Ingmar Meerkerk (2013) - Institutional interventions in urban systems: Rearranging complexity and managing interfaces
  • Jitske Verkerk, Ingmar Meerkerk & Arwin Buuren (2011) - Multilevel water governance from a complexity perspective
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, M Kok, M Rijswick, R Brouwer, Jurian Edelenbos & Geert Teisman (2010) - Governance analyse van het Kierbesluit

  • Malika Igalla, Jurian Edelenbos & Ingmar Meerkerk (2018) - Performing well? A survey study on the outcomes of community-based initiatives and their performance antecedents
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, Joop Koppenjan & R Keast (2015) - New citizen collectives, their democratic potential and their implications for public management
  • Ingmar Meerkerk & Jurian Edelenbos (2014) - The art of practicing boundary spanning between a citizen initiative and local government: making interactive governance work
  • Jurian Edelenbos, Ingmar Meerkerk & T Schenk (2014) - Evolution of Community Self-Organization: Insights from Case Studies in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States
  • Jurian Edelenbos, Ingmar Meerkerk & Kees Leeuwen (2012) - Vitality in complex regional water systems
  • IA (Iris) Korthagen & Ingmar Meerkerk (2012) - Mediatized legitimacy of local governance processes.
  • Mark Ostaijen & Ingmar Meerkerk (2012) - Interpassivity, mild despotism and democratic vitality
  • Ingmar Meerkerk & Jurian Edelenbos (2012) - The effects of boundary spanners on trust and performance of urban governance networks
  • IA (Iris) Korthagen & Ingmar Meerkerk (2012) - Mediatized legitimacy of local governance processes. A comparative case study on water management projects
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, Jurian Edelenbos & Erik Hans Klijn (2011) - The effects of complexity sensitive management on legitimacy of governance networks. Findings from a survey research on water projects in The Netherlands
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, B Boonstra & Jurian Edelenbos (2011) - Self-organization in urban regeneration. A two case comparative research
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, M van Maasakkers, Jurian Edelenbos & AFL 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
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, Arwin Buuren & Jurian Edelenbos (2010) - Resilient governance systems: facing and adapting to climate change. Finding balances between conservative and dissipative self-organization
  • Ingmar Meerkerk (2010) - Resilience of governance systems dealing with climate adaptation issues
  • Ingmar Meerkerk, Arwin Buuren & Jurian Edelenbos (2009) - Creating waterproof cities. Adaptation between threat and challenge
  • Ingmar Meerkerk (2009) - Resilient governance of social-ecological systems
  • Jurian Edelenbos & Ingmar Meerkerk (2009) - Self-governance and the resilience of democratic institutions: the Dutch Case Broekpolder

  • Ingmar van Meerkerk & José Nederhand (2016) - Osborne Best Paper Award

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4.3 Master's thesis/ final res. proj. UG

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4.2 Managing Interactive Governance

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4.3 Research Design

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