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.
B. Boonstra (2020). Spatial planning in an age of active citizenship – Toward the art of creating consistency. In B. Boonstra, P. Davids & A. Staessen (Eds.), Opening up the Planning Landscape – an overview of actor-relational research in Flanders and the Netherlands (pp. 123-136). Groningen: InPlanning doi: 10.17418/B.2020.9789491937446
T. Claus & B. Boonstra (2020). The actor relational approach in Flanders: meeting the practice of political service. In B. Boonstra, P. Davids & A. Staessen (Eds.), Opening up the Planning Landscape – an overview of actor-relational research in Flanders and the Netherlands (pp. 291-300). Groningen: InPlanning doi: 10.17418/B.2020.9789491937446
B. Boonstra, L. Boelens, A. Staessen & P. Davids (2020). After ARA – Critical Reflections and a Reflective Beyond. In B. Boonstra, P. Davids & A. Staessen (Eds.), Opening up the Planning Landscape – an overview of actor-relational research in Flanders and the Netherlands (pp. 367-380). Groningen: InPlanning doi: 10.17418/B.2020.9789491937446
B. Boonstra, G.M. 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. In Planning is niet waarde-n-loos, gebundelde papers Plandag 2013. Den Haag: Stichting Planologische Diskussiedagen
B. Boonstra & W.S. Rauws (2013). Zelforganisatie in de strak geplande polder - Over de (on)mogelijkheden van een organische ontwikkel strategie. In Tussen tijd / gebruik van ruimte in transitie. Haarlemmermeer: Podium voor architectuur Haarlemmermeer en Schiphol
B. Boonstra (2006). Het is tijd voor informeel! In P.M. Schrijnen (Ed.), Nieuwe Economie, Nieuwe Ruimte, bijdragen aan de Plandag 2006. Den Haag: Stichting Planologische Diskussiedagen
B. Boonstra (2020, november 27). Conditions and dilemmas of informal initiatives. Online, AESOP Planning and Complexity Workgroup 19th meeting: Social disruption and urban complexity - Reflective thoughts on how Covid-19 transforms cities and their planning.
B. Boonstra (2019). The Improvising Planner – Dancing your way through the City-making movement. Places and Spaces Conference: Bruges (2019, april 12 - 2019, april 13).
B. Boonstra (2018). Self-organization-sensitive Spatial Planning in the face of the 2015-2016 European Refugee Crisis: Pitfalls and Potentialities. 16th Meeting of the AESOP Spatial Planning and Complexity Workgroup: Groningen (2018, mei 23 - 2018, mei 25).
B. Boonstra & W.S. Rauws (2017). Conceptualizing Self-organization in Urban Planning: Turning diverging paths into consistency 2. Annual Congress: Lisbon (2017, juli 11 - 2017, juli 14).
B. Boonstra & W.S. Rauws (2016). Conceptualizing Self-organization in Urban Planning: Turning diverging paths into consistency 1. Conference on Complex Systems: Amsterdam (2016, september 19 - 2016, september 22).
B. Boonstra (2016). The Art of Creating Consistency: Planning Strategies in the Age of Active Citizenship 2. 14th Meeting of the AESOP Thematic Group on Planning and Complexity: Bamberg (2016, februari 11 - 2016, februari 12).
B. Boonstra (2015). The Art of Creating Consistency: Planning Strategies in the Age of Active Citizenship 1. Annual Congres: Prague (2015, juli 13 - 2015, juli 16).
B. Boonstra (2013). Co-housing as self-organization in spatial development: mapping the trajectories of becoming of four Danish co-housing initiatives. 11th Meeting of the AESOP Planning and Complexity Workgroup: Aveiro (2013, mei 2 - 2013, mei 3).
B. Boonstra (2012). Collective Housing and How It Effects Contemporary Planning – Learning From the Danish Bofælleskaber From a Complexity Perspective. Annual Congres: Ankara (2012, juli 11 - 2012, juli 15).
B. Boonstra (2012). Translational Self-organization: A way out of the participatory planning paradox? 10th Meeting of the AESOP Planning and Complexity Workgroup: Groningen (2012, november 16 - 2012, november 17).
B. Boonstra (2011). Self-organisation by Community Based Networks - and how they engage and challenge planning. 9th Meeting of the AESOP Planning and Complexity Workgroup: Istanbul (2011, april 29 - 2011, april 30).
B. Boonstra (2011). Unleashing Self-organising Capacity in Urban Development? The case of Business Improvement Districts in the UK. COMPACT meeting at Erasmus University Rotterdam: Rotterdam (2011, juni 23 - 2011, juni 25).
J. Brouwer & B. Boonstra (2010). Resilient Neighbourhoods – towards a new perspective on urban systems in neighbourhood regeneration practice in the Netherlands. CIB World Building Congress: Salford Quays (2010, mei 10 - 2010, mei 13).
B. Boonstra, M. Duijn & M. Rijnveld (2009). Governing (regional and urban) spatial development in The Netherlands: strengthening territorial cohesion by community based self-organisation. Annual Congres: Łódž (2009, augustus 25 - 2009, augustus 28).
B. Boonstra (2008). Celebrating the Individual: Intentions for Urban Development. AESOP ACSP Joint Congres: Chicago (2008, juli 6 - 2008, juli 11).
B. Boonstra & S. Claessens (2020). Analysegesprek: Dr.ir. Beitske Boonstra en Sophie Claessens. KENNIS & INSPIRATIE #09: Rotterdam (2020, november 26).
B. Boonstra, P. Davids & A. Staessen (Ed.). (2020). Opening up the Planning Landscape – an overview of actor-relational research in Flanders and the Netherlands. Groningen: InPlanning doi: 10.17418/B.2020.9789491937446