IHS Academic Staff

The IHS Academic Staff are urban professionals with very diverse backgrounds and expertise. Their knowledge covers multiple areas, including urban planning, housing, land governance, urban finance, urban heritage, climate change, green cities and infrastructure and others.

Academic Directors

Dr Lasse Gerrits
IHS Academic Director
Associate Professor

Programme Manager 

Dr Merav Kaddar 
Educational Programme Manager

Urban Socio-Spatial Development

Dr Alonso Ayala
Head of Urban Socio-Spatial Development Department
Assistant Professor

Dr Anitra Baliga
Specialist in Urban Development 

Dr Bahar Sakizlioglu
Senior Specialist in Housing and Urban Sociologist
Assistant Professor

Carolina Lunetta
Specialist in Spatial Planning and Gender

Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua
Specialist in Urban Land, Housing Development and Capacity-Building

Dr Maartje van Eerd
Senior Specialist in Housing and Social Development
Assistant Professor

Mariya Khan
Academic Assistant Urban Socio-Spatial Development

Ore Fika
Senior Specialist in Urban Land and Housing Development
PhD Candidate

Dr Pamela Duran Diaz
Senior Planning Specialist
Assistant Professor

Remco Vermeulen
Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies
PhD Candidate

Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience

Dr Alberto Gianoli
Head of Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience Department
Associate Professor

Dr Alexander Los
Senior Specialist in Urban Environment and Climate Change
Assistant Professor

Elena Marie Enseñado
Specialist in Nature-based Climate Change Adaptation Planning
PhD Candidate

Julia Skinner
Senior Specialist in Green Cities and Urban Social Development

Laura Quadros Aniche
Specialist in Urban Sustainability and Climate Change
PhD Candidate

Dr Paul Rabé 
Lead Specialist in Urban Land Governance
Assistant Professor

Dr Peter Scholten
Senior Specialist in Governance of Sustainable Urban Resources
Assistant Professor

Rienje Veenhof
Academic Assistant in Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience

Somesh Sharma
Specialist in Environment and Sustainable Development Planning
PhD Candidate

Dr Qian Ke
Specialist in Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience

Urban Economics and Governance

Dr Paula Nagler
Head of Urban Economics and Governance Department
Assistant Professor

Dr Beatriz Calzada Olvera
Specialist in Economics and Innovation

Dr Carley Pennink
Lead Specialist in Governance, PPPs and Capacity Building
Assistant Professor

Dr Jan Fransen
Lead Specialist in Urban Economic Development and Resilience
Assistant Professor

Dr Leon van den Dool
Lead Specialist in Urban Governance
Assistant Professor

Dr Sofia Pagliarin
Researcher in Urban Transitions and Digitisation

Vera Safronova
Academic Assistant in Urban Economics and Governance

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