Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua

Charmae Wissink Nercua

Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua

Specialist in Nature-based Urban Development and Capacity-Building

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Charmae Pyl Wissink-Nercua is part of the Urban Socio-Spatial Development Department at IHS. Her expertise is in urban land and housing development, focusing on governance, sustainability, and resilience. Charmae has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field. She is currently working on the themes of nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development, land and housing rights, climate adaptation planning, climate resilience, urban living labs, stakeholders’ engagement and co-design and co-creation processes.

At IHS, Charmae is involved in education, research, advisory and capacity-building activities. She coordinates the Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) course and is actively engaged in IHS’ project acquisitions, and is leading various projects such as international tailormade trainings and refresher courses in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Before joining IHS in 2013, she worked for local government organizations, non-government organizations and national governments in the Philippines and East Timor, focusing on housing & land issues, participatory governance, participatory community development and urban poverty reduction programs. She has extensive experience in project development and management, strategic planning and network-building.

In the Philippines, she was very passionate about advocating for the land and housing rights of the urban poor and the vulnerable sectors in society. In her stint as the urban poor and social housing consultant of Cebu City, Philippines, she was involved in the development and implementation of community-based land and housing programs such as the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) and in implementing participatory and multi-sectoral processes on issues of land tenure security, evictions and resettlement, and the urban poor’s access to basic services like water, health and sanitation services. At Dili, Timor Leste (East Timor), she provided full guidance and advice to the Directorate on Housing and Building under the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure regarding the formulation, policy lobbying and implementation of the National Housing Policy and the National Housing Program.

Charmae obtained her MSc in Urban Management and Development, specializing in Housing and Land Development strategies, Cum laude at IHS in 2009. Her current research interest is in the interaction between science and society and the role of nature-based living labs in addressing climate change challenges in the context of coastal cities in Europe. 

Involved and leading the following projects:

Quadros Aniche, L., Edelenbos, J., Gianoli, A., Caruso, R., DeLosRíos-White, M. I., Wissink-Nercua, C. P., Undabeitia, A., Enseñado, E. M. and Gharbia, S. (2024). Contextualizing and generalizing drivers and barriers of urban living labs for climate resilience. Environmental Policy and Governance, (First online 17 January 2024)
Necrua, C. P. C. (2009). Stimulating the supply of rental housing by small-scale landlords: The case in Ayigya, Kumasi (Masters course in Urban Management and Development (UMD5)). Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). Retrieved from: 

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