IHS Academic Staff

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

Academic Directors

Dr. Dr. Lasse Gerrits
IHS Academic Director
Associate Professor

Prof. Dr. Frank van Oort
IHS Academic Director
Professor of Urban and Regional Economics, Erasmus School of Economics

Urban Socio-Spatial Development

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

Dr. Alexander Jachnow
Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy

Dr. Bahar Sakizlioglu
Senior Specialist in Housing & Urban Sociologist
Assistant Professor

Carolina Lunetta
Specialist in Urban Development

Charmae Nercua
Specialist in Land and Housing Development Strategies

David Schelkshorn
Research Assistant in Urban Housing, Equity and Social Justice

Jean-Paul Corten
Senior Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies

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

Remco Vermeulen
Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies
PhD Candidate

Urban Sustainability & Climate Change Resilience

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

Aloysius Bongwa
Lead Specialist in Urban Finance and Infrastructure

Dr. Ogenis Brilhante
Lead Specialist in Infrastructure and Green City
Associate Professor

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

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

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

Somesh Sharma
Specialist in Environment and Sustainable Development Planning
PhD Candidate

Julia Skinner
Senior Specialist in Green Cities and Urban Social Development

Urban Economics & Governance

Dr. Paula Nagler
Head of Urban Economics & Governance Department
Assistant Professor

Beatriz Calzada Olvera
Specialist in Economics & Innovation
PhD Candidate

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

Francesca Vanelli
Academic Assistant in Urban Land Governance for Sustainable Development

Indriany Lionggo
Academic Assistant in Urban Economic Development & Resilience 

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

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

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

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