Maartje van Eerd

Senior Specialist in Housing & Social Development, Assistant Professor

Maartje van Eerd (PhD Leiden University, MA Human Geography University of Amsterdam) is a Human Geographer by profession with extensive experience as researcher, trainer and advisor on housing and social development issues. She has conducted extensive research on resettlement projects, forced evictions, acquisition, expropriation and compensation, and the role of NGOs and CBOs in developing alternatives to forced evictions. Her PhD research focused on resettlement and she conducted her field research in a resettlement project of the urban poor in Chennai, India, where she analysed local initiatives, and government and NGO policies and programmes.   

She has developed, coordinated and facilitated several accredited courses on housing rights, forced evictions and alternatives for NGOs, CBOs and local government globally (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe). Also she has developed training courses on gender and tenure security for local NGOs in East Africa, and several trainings on alternatives to forced evictions in Africa and resettlement (Nigeria and Kenya). She is a member of the National Advisory Board (NAB) in Nigeria that advocates towards secure tenure in Nigeria and promotes access to land and affordable housing.

She is a Senior Specialist in Housing & Social Development at IHS and has managed and coordinated accredited academic courses on housing and urban development dealing with informal settlements, adaptive and pro-active approaches to slums. She has extensive knowledge and experience on research methodologies. Apart from her teaching experience, she is the author and editor of several project proposals, project acquisition documents, as well as academic publications and she is member the editorial board of an international academic journal.

Banerjee, B. and Eerd, M. van (2017). Yangon : empowering migrant communities to secure housing. My Liveable City, (Jul-Sep), pp. 98-103.

Eerd, M. van, (2016). Moved to the fringes : resettlement and its impact on the urban poor in India. Shelter, 17 (1), pp. 63-76. 

Eerd, M. van and Banerjee, B. (2016). Yangon : building capacity for planned urban transformationMy Liveable City, 3 (2), pp. 50-55. 

Banerjee, B. and Eerd, M. van, (2015). Designing and implementing street-led citywide slum upgrading programmmes : a training manual companion. Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 

Eerd, M. van and Zwanenburg, M. (2015). The effect of resettlement on upward mobility and inclusion of the urban poor in India : a research proposal [Paper presented at the OIKONET International conference Global Dwelling : Research, Education, Community Participation, 25-26 September 2014, School of Architecture La Salle, Barcelona]. In: L. Madrazo ed., 2015. Papers presented at the International Conference Global Dwelling : Research, Education, Community Participation. School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Liull University: Barcelona. pp. 59-73. 

Eerd, M. van and Banerjee, B. (2013), Evictions, acquisition, expropriation and compensation : practices and selected case studies [working paper ; 1] Nairobi, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Eerd, M. van, (2012), Development-induced displacement and resettlement and the misuse of public interest : comparing international guidelines with national legislation and policies in India,International Journal of Development and Social Research, III (I), pp.9-20.

Atiyaye, B. and Eerd, M. van, (2010), Forced evictions: international guidelines and local realities: the case of Abuja, Nigeria, [Paper presented at the 15th International Metropolis Conference, Justice and Migration : Paradoxes of Belonging, held in the Hague, the Netherlands, 4-8 October, 2010], 21 p.

Brilhante, O.Browne, N. and Eerd, M. van [et al.] (eds.), (2010), Master urban management and development 2008 - 2009 UMD 5 (IHS thesis series, no. 4) [includes CD-ROM] Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), 60 p.

Brilhante, O., Browne, N., Eerd, M. van, Gianoli, A., Marrewijk, C. van, Pennink, C. 

and Welsh, S. N., 2008, Master Urban Management and Development 2006 - 2007 UMD 3, Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS),  ix, 31 p.

Davidson, F., Dool, L. van den, Eerd, M. van, Ruijsink, S., Banerjee, B., Perez, M. and Sarfoh, O., (2008), Feasibility study : supporting local urban knowledge arenas, (Report written for : Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)), Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), 206 p.

Eerd, M. van, (2008), Policy interventions and grassroots initiatives : mismatches in a relocation project in Chennai, India, (IHS working papers series ; 18), Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), 18 p.

Eerd, M. van, (2008), Local initiatives in relocation : the state and NGOs as partners? : From research to action, New Delhi,Monohar Publishers, 359 p.

Eerd, M. van, Afejuku-Egbe, R. O. and Nwaghodoh, E., (2008), Abuja process mapping report, Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), 78 p.

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