IHS staff

IHS has a team of multi-disciplinary and multi-national staff with expertise varying from municipal finance to participatory planning, action and strategic planning, housing policies and finance and environmental planning and management. Our staff mix the rigour of knowledge transfer with practical expertise acquired through direct involvement in projects and advisory services throughout the world. IHS is occupied with Rotterdam-based activities and overseas work. This provides an excellent opportunity for cross-fertilisation and the development of case studies that can immediately be embedded into course programmes.

 IHS Academic Board

The Academic Board is responsible for monitoring the development of the academic activities of the institute and ensuring the high standards in teaching and research.  The board reports to the IHS director and is also in charge of the formulation and the set up of the research framework, policies and guidelines of all academic issues and activities of the institute. The board is composed of the following members:

Prof.Dr. Jurian Edelenbos

Dr. Frank van Oort

IHS Scientific Director

IHS Academic Director

Ore Fika


Master Programme Coordinator

Alonso Ayala

Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Ellen Geurts


Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Alberto Gianoli

Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Paul Rabe

Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Marijk Huysman

Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Ogenis Brilhante  

Master Programme Specialization Coordinator

Ronald Wall    Master Programme Specialization Coordinator


IHS Research Committee


The Research Committee's objectives are to develop and stimulate research activities and to facilitate scientific writing within IHS. Specific roles of the Research Committee are:

  • To act as a sounding board for IHS staff concerning research matters;
  • To develop publication series (working paper series and thesis series);
  • To provide a yearly publication overview (of professional and scientific papers and articles) by IHS staff;
  • To review and assess papers for publication;
  • To develop scientific research and writing skills within IHS (including the PhD programme) and
  • To advise the Academic Director regarding the IHS Research Project Fund and research policy in general.
Research Committee Members