Dr. ir. Beitske Boonstra has expertise on active citizens and community initiatives in urban development and their interactions with (local) governments. Currently, Beitske works as academic researcher at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology on the project "Boundary spanning the sustainable city". This project investigates the skills and capacities of people who navigate across the boundaries of civic and public domains around issues of urban sustainability (a.k.a. city makers).
Previously, Beitske worked as doctoral-assistant in Spatial Planning at Ghent University, Department of Mobility and Spatial Planning (2016-2019) on civic initiatives and self-organization in spatial planning, partly funded by the H2020 project OpenHeritage on community-led adaptive re-use of heritage (2017-2019). From 2006-2016 she worked at TNO Strategy & Policy on technological, process and social innovation. She has been part-time Lecturer at the University of Groningen in 2016 (“City Matters: Philosophy and the City”) and Utrecht University in 2010 (“Beyond the Plan: An actor-relational approach to Spatial Planning).
Beitske holds a PhD in Regional and Urban Planning from Utrecht University (2015), with the thesis titled "Planning Strategies in an Age of Active Citizenship: A Post-structuralist Agenda for Self-organization in Spatial Planning", and a master degree in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology (2005).
Beitske is a Board Member of the Dutch-Belgium Plandag, Board Member of the re:Kreators network, Leader within Placemaking Europe, columnist for Archined and Coordinator of Kenniswerkplaats Leefbare Wijken Rotterdam.
Beitske Boonstra & WS Rauws (2013) - Zelforganisatie in de strak geplande polder - Over de (on)mogelijkheden van een organische ontwikkel strategie - Podium voor architectuur Haarlemmermeer en Schiphol
Beitske Boonstra, GM Bouma, L Boelens, W Sanders, W Vandaele & S van Rossum (2013) - Technologische Ontwikkelingen in ICT, Mobiliteit, Energie, Landbouw en Industrie: kans en uitdaging voor de Vlaamse ruimte - Stichting Planologische Diskussiedagen
Beitske Boonstra (2006) - Het is tijd voor informeel! - Stichting Planologische Diskussiedagen
Beitske Boonstra (2019) - The Improvising Planner – Dancing your way through the City-making movement
Beitske Boonstra (2018) - Self-organization-sensitive Spatial Planning in the face of the 2015-2016 European Refugee Crisis: Pitfalls and Potentialities
Beitske Boonstra & WS Rauws (2017) - Conceptualizing Self-organization in Urban Planning: Turning diverging paths into consistency 2
Beitske Boonstra & WS Rauws (2016) - Conceptualizing Self-organization in Urban Planning: Turning diverging paths into consistency 1
Beitske Boonstra (2016) - The Art of Creating Consistency: Planning Strategies in the Age of Active Citizenship 2
Beitske Boonstra (2015) - The Art of Creating Consistency: Planning Strategies in the Age of Active Citizenship 1
Beitske Boonstra (2013) - Co-housing as self-organization in spatial development: mapping the trajectories of becoming of four Danish co-housing initiatives
Beitske Boonstra (2012) - Translational Self-organization: A way out of the participatory planning paradox?
Beitske Boonstra (2012) - Collective Housing and How It Effects Contemporary Planning – Learning From the Danish Bofælleskaber From a Complexity Perspective
Beitske Boonstra (2011) - Unleashing Self-organising Capacity in Urban Development? The case of Business Improvement Districts in the UK
Beitske Boonstra (2011) - Self-organisation by Community Based Networks - and how they engage and challenge planning
J Brouwer & Beitske Boonstra (2010) - Resilient Neighbourhoods – towards a new perspective on urban systems in neighbourhood regeneration practice in the Netherlands
Beitske Boonstra, Michael Duijn & M (Marc) Rijnveld (2009) - Governing (regional and urban) spatial development in The Netherlands: strengthening territorial cohesion by community based self-organisation
Beitske Boonstra (2008) - Celebrating the Individual: Intentions for Urban Development
Beitske Boonstra (2015) - Planning Strategies in the Age of Active Citizenship – A Post-structuralist Agenda for Self-organization in Spatial Development - Utrecht University
Beitske Boonstra & S Claessens (26 november 2020) - Analysegesprek: Dr.ir. Beitske Boonstra en Sophie Claessens - KENNIS & INSPIRATIE #09
Beitske Boonstra (2020) - Conditions and dilemmas of informal initiatives - AESOP Planning and Complexity Workgroup 19th meeting: Social disruption and urban complexity - Reflective thoughts on how Covid-19 transforms cities and their planning
Beitske Boonstra (2020) - Strength of places: subtle revolutions - Rotterdam cases - Governments After Shock OECD-OPSI Open Dialogue Global Event - Rethinking and rebuilding through innovation - inspirations from Rotterdam