Dr. Pennink (BA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; BFA, Parsons School of Design, NYC; MA Urban Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam; PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam) is the former head of International Projects and Advisory Services at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies.
She worked for the first ten years of her career as an architect and planner and as a project manager in the field of urban and social housing development. She joined IHS in 1994. At IHS, she leads the acquisition and management of the institute's project portfolio.
Dr. Pennink is a capacity building expert and has provided institutional support to training service providers throughout Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Thematically, Dr. Pennink trains and provides advice on public - public private partnerships in infrastructure provision and the privatization of municipal services and, as well as quality and performance in local government, institutional development and organizational change. She has extensive experience working with public private partnerships, from 1982 – 93, in the field, in large, multi-actor urban projects; and through training and advisory work in the developing world, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Pennink’s dissertation looked at aspects of risk and trust in public private partnerships.
She has managed teams working on city-wide development strategies, and planning processes that incorporated community based and participatory approaches. She recently authored, with a team at IHS, the City Development Strategies 2.0 toolkit, financed by Cities Alliance. This toolkit is also available in web-based form and facilitates local governments in the development and implementation of CDS processes.
In her initial 7 years at IHS, she held the position of Co-ordinator of Academic Programming at the Urban Management Centre; she subsequently worked in 1996 on secondment to the Netherlands Habitat Forum, where she, as Head of Projects, managed and promoted integrated community-based projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and East London, South Africa.
Welsh, S., Pennink, C. and Browne, N. J. W., eds., 2014, Master urban management and development : 2012-2013 UMD 9 [Thesis series : 7 (includes CD-ROM)]. Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
Welsh, S., Pennink, C. and Browne, N. J. W., eds., 2014, Master urban management and development : 2011-2012 UMD 8 [Thesis series : 6 (includes CD-ROM)]. Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
Dijk, M. P. van, Pennink, C. and Ruijsink, S., 2013, Capacity development : the evolution of the integrated urban management Masters course at the Ethiopian Civil Service University. Water Policy, 15 (S2), pp. s121-s136.
Ruijsink, S., Pennink, C. and Teerlink, H., 2012, Are we making cities work? The impact of 50 years of capacity building for housing and urban development, [Paper at Rethinking Cities : Framing the Future : Sixth [World Bank] Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium]. Barcelona, 2012. Washington, DC, USA: World Bank.