Jan Fransen

Jan Fransen

Lead Specialist in Urban Economic Development & Resilience, Assistant Professor

Jan Fransen (PhD and MA in development studies) is a Lead Specialist and Assistant Professor in Urban Economic Development and Resilience. He is the former Deputy Director and Head of Education & Training of IHS. He coordinates research on smart and resilient cities at the Erasmus Vital Cities and Citizens research initiative, is a guest researcher on urban resilience at ISS, is a member of the advisory committee of the Africa Research Institute in Leiden, and is visiting scholar at POLIS University in Albania. He worked for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the United Nations based in Eastern and Southern Africa in a previous position.

Dr Fransen has over 25 years of experience in local economic development and resilience, with a particular interest in urban resilience, community-based organisations, small firm development, informality, clustering, innovation systems, global value chains and institutional economics. He presently works on various studies on urban resilience in Rotterdam, The Hague, Nairobi and internationally. Jan co-supervises PhD students, lectures across multiple master programmes and co-coordinates short courses and a MOOC on Sustainable Local Economic Development. Dr Fransen has completed a wide range of research assignments, consultancies, training and has held various positions, including team leader, senior technical advisor, principal researcher and trainer. He has carried out projects for the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations, NGO’s such as Cordaid and several national, regional and local governments worldwide. He has long and short-term working experience in over 20 countries, including Albania, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  

Fransen, J., Ochoa Peralta, D., Vanelli, F., Edelenbos, J. and Calzada Olvera. B. (2021). The emergence of urban community resilience initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic : an international exploratory study. European Journal of Development Research, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-020-00348-y.

Fransen, J., van Dijk, M. P., & Edelenbos, J. (eds, 2021). Urban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800883840.

Fransen, J., van Dijk, M. P., & Edelenbos, J. (2021). Urban paradigm shifts in emerging economies. In: Urban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800883840.00008.

Fransen, J (2021). Conclusions: new insights in urban planning, management and governance in emerging economies. In: Urban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800883840

Fransen, J., van Dijk, M.P. and Edelenbos J, (eds) Forthcoming. Urban Planning, Management and Governance in Emerging Economies: Paradigm Shifts. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited: Cheltenham.

Fransen, J., Ochoa Peralta, D., Calzada Olvera, B. and Edelenbos. J., (2021). The emergence of Urban Community Resilience Initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic: An international exploratory study, European Journal of Development Research.

Fransen, J. and Ochoa Peralta, D., (2020). Transformation towards community resilience: new urban visions, MONU #33 Special Issue on Pandemic Urbanism, pp. 78-81.

Fransen, J. and Edelenbos, J. (2020). Conditions of urban resilience for covid-19 : building back stronger (Policy letter ; 1). Rotterdam: Erasmus Initiative, Vital Cities and Citizens, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fransen, J. and Edelenbos, J. (2020). Research design for case studies (Policy letter ; 2). Rotterdam: Erasmus Initiative, Vital Cities and Citizens, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from https://www.eur.nl/en/media/2020-05-policy-brief2-research-design-case-studies
Gómez, G. M.; Chawla, S. and Fransen, J. (2020). Exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the informal economy with a multifactor framework. In M. N. Iftikhar, J. B. Justice and D. B. Audretsch (Eds.), Urban studies and entrepreneurship (The urban book series) (pp. 181-202). Cham: Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15164-5_10

Fransen, J., (2020). Lock-in and New Path Development of China Commodity City: The Role of Policies. Forum for Social Economics (pp. 1-16). Routledge.

Fransen, J. and Knorringa, P. (2019). Learning and upgrading of craft exporters at the interface of global value chains and innovations systemsEuropean Journal of Development Research, 31 (3), pp. 530-557, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-018-0167-y

Gomez, G.M., Chawla, S. and Fransen, J., (2019). Exploring entrepreneurial ecosystems within the informal economy with a multifactor framework. In: M.N. Iftikhar,J. Justice and D. Audretsch, Urban Studies on Entrepreneurship, Springer

Fransen, J. & Knorringa, P. (2018) Learning and Upgrading of Craft Exporters at the Interface of Global Value Chains and Innovation Systems. The European Journal of Development Research: 1-28. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41287-018-0167-y

Kaur, R.; Wall, R. and Fransen, J. (2018). The impact of FDI on income inequality in Africa. In: (2018). UN-Habitat and IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam, The state of African cities 2018 : the geography of African investment. Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). pp. 128-139.
Fransen, J. (2017). Innovation of handicraft exporters in emerging economies. In: M. P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K. van Rooijen (Eds.), (2017). Urban governance in the realm of complexity. Rugby: Practical Action Publishing. pp. 47-68.
Fransen, J. and Helmsing, A. H. J. (Bert) 2017. Absorptive capacity as a mediator : innovation of handicraft exporters in YogyakartaTijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 108 (6), pp. 737-752, https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12212

Fransen, J., (2016). Crafting innovations : the evolving institutional regimes of handicraft exporters in emerging economies (PhD. thesis), Rotterdam: Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Fransen, J. and Gaol, P. H. L. (2016). Absorptive capacity and local networking of home-made enterprises in 'Kamporng Cyber', Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In: G. M. Gómez and P. Knorringa eds., 2016. Local goverance, economic development and institutions. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 292-312. 

Fransen, J. and Helmsing, A. H. J. (2016). Absorptive capacity as a mediator : innovation of handicraft exporters in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, pp. 1-16.

Fransen, J. and Helmsing, A. H. P. (2016). Breaching the barriers : the segmented business and innovation system of handicraft exports in Cape TownDevelopment Southern Africa

Fransen, J. and Tuijl, E. van, (2016). Kasongan pottery cluster (Yogyakarta). In: L. Carvalho, L. van den Berg, H. Galal and P. Teunisse eds., [2016]. Delivering sustainable competitiveness : revisiting the organising capacity of cities. London: Routledge. pp. 76-91. 

Fransen, J., (2014). Promoting cluster development, Kasongan pottery cluster, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, p. 76. In: Luis Carvalho; Egon de Haas and Hazem Galal (eds.) [et al.] iUrban : innovative city strategies for sustainable competitiveness : summary report, Rotterdam, iUrban

Fransen, J, (2013), Innovation in SMEs : the case of home accessories in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, (IHS working paper ; 27) Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), iv, 45 p..

Fransen, J., (2012), Transições urbanas em desequilíbrio. De artesanatos a objetos de decoração na Cidade do Cabo = Unbalanced urban transitions. From handicrafts to home accessories in Cape Town. In: Lunardelli Cavallazzi, R. and Cury Paraizo, R. eds., Patrimônio, ambiente e sociedade: novos desafios espaciais = Heritage, environment and society: new spatial challenges. Rio de Janeiro: Programa de pós-graduação em urbanismo (PROURB), pp. 77-115, pp. 275-304..

Fransen, J. and Kassahun, S., (2011), Incorporating informal settlements in Addis Ababa : from centralized urban planning to local planning. In: (eds.) Bongwa, A.; Kassahun S. and Dijk, M. P. van, Decentralization and service delivery in Ethiopia, Shaker Publishing, Maastricht, pp. 104-116..

Fransen, J., (2010), Informality and unemployment in Addis Ababa : an odd couple, In: (eds.) Fransen, J., Kassahun, S. and Dijk, M. P. van, Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker publishing, pp. 47-69..

Fransen, J., Kassahun S. and Dijk, M.P. van (eds.), (2010), Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker publishing, xvi, 219 p..

Kassahun, S. and Fransen, J., (2010), Incorporating informality : conclusions and recommendations  to incorporate informality, In: (eds.) Fransen, J., Kassahun, S. and Dijk, M. P. van  Formalization and informalization processes in urban Ethiopia : incorporating informality, Maastricht, Shaker Publishing, pp. 187-196..

Odufuwa, B.O., Fransen., J.Bongwa, A., and Gianoli, A., (2009), Cities, theories and reality, Journal of Geography and Regional Planning, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 243-248.

Alehegn, E., Serbeh-Yiadom, K. C. and Dijk, M.P. van, (2008), Land administration : law, policy practice, In: (eds.) Dijk, M.P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 11-27..

Fransen, J., (2008), Can city development strategies boost equitable growth? An analysis of Awassa, In: (eds.) Dijk, M. P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon,  pp. 213-239..

Fransen, J., (2008), Introduction, In: (eds.) Dijk, M.P. van and Fransen, J., Managing Ethiopian cities in an era of rapid urbanisation, Delft, Eburon, pp. 1-9.

Fransen, J. and Dijk, M.P. van, (2008), Informality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, [Paper presented at the conference 'Are cities more important than countries?' Rotterdam, 30 - 31 October, 2008], Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)/Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21 p.

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