Maartje van Eerd

Lecturer and senior expert

Dr Maartje van Eerd

Senior Specialist in Housing and Social Development, Assistant Professor

Email address
+31 10 408 9839

Maartje van Eerd is a Human Geographer by profession with extensive experience as a researcher, trainer, and advisor on housing and social development issues. Her PhD research focused on the governance aspects of resettlement in Chennai, India. Her main research interest and expertise is in housing rights, displacement and resettlement, livelihoods and gender. Besides conducting long-term research on the impact of resettlement and incremental development, in collaboration with Anna University in Chennai, she has produced a documentary on the gender impact of resettlement. She has conducted training and advisory work and research mostly in Asia and Africa, amongst others, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, Turkey, Nepal, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom. Her current work is on access to (digital) information, gender and inclusion and livelihoods in resettlement.

Eerd, M. van and Schelkshorn, D. (2024). Longitudinal insights on a sites and services resettlement project. The case of Ambedkar Nagar in Chennai, India, International Journal of Housing Policy, (First online 24 April 2024)
Rekha, P., Bosco, S. D. Eerd, M. van and Velayutham C. (2024). A study on mobile phone technology adoption & usage among urban poor women in resettlement sites. Social Media + Society, 10(1), (First online 19 March 2024)
Bosco, S. Don and Eerd, M. van (2023). Not quite the death of distance in Chennai : challenging the resettlement utopia of Perumbakkam. In P. Arora, U. Raman and R. König (Eds.), Feminist futures of work : reimagining labour in the digital economy (pp. 127-142). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Foishal, I. H., Eerd, M. van, Al-Tanbin, S. H. and Noman, A. Al (2023). Restoring and improving livelihoods in resettlement sites through housing transformation : evidence from Gopalganj, Bangladesh. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 11(3) 94-101. (First online 25 August 2023)
Almira, A. and Eerd, M. van (2021). Connecting the disconnected : the role of ICT in women’s livelihood restoration in the Resettlement Site Kannagi Nagar in Chennai, India. Environment and Urbanization ASIA, 1-19. (First online 28 September 2021)
Haas, S., Gianoli, A. and Eerd, M. van (2021). The roles of community resilience and risk appraisal in climate change adaptation: the experience of the Kannagi Nagar resettlement in Chennai. Environment and Urbanization, 33(2), 560-578. (First online 21 February 2021)
Ayala, A., Bosco, S. D., Eerd, M. van and Velayutham, C. (2020). Housing aspirations of resettled communities through a gender lens : an analysis of drawings by women from Perumbakkam in Chennai, India. Shelter, 21(2), 66-76.
Ayala, A., Eerd, M. van and Geurts, E. (2019). Affordable, available, accessible and acceptable housing in African new towns. In: R. Keeton and M. Provoost (Eds.) To build a city in Africa : a history and a manual (pp. 410-418). Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.
Ayala, A., Eerd, M. van and Geurts, E. (2019). The five principles of adequate housing. In: V. Bharne and S. Khandekar (Eds.) (2019). Affordable housing, inclusive cities (pp. 94-99). Navato: ORO Editions.
Foishal, I. H. and Eerd, M. van, (2019). Housing transformation in resettlement areas. In: V. Bharne and S. Khandekar (Eds.) Affordable housing, inclusive cities (pp. 172-177). Navato: ORO Editions.
Foishal, I. H. and Eerd, M. van, (2019). Urban blueprint : economic impact : housing transformation in resettlement sites. My Liveable City, (Jan-Mar), pp. 53-57.
Eerd, M. van, (2018). Development with impoverishment : displacement, resettlement and inadequate compensation in India and Nigeria. In: B. Hoops, E. J. Marais, L. van Schalkwy and N. K. Tagliarino (Eds.) Rethinking expropriation law III : fair compensation (pp. 87-119). The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.
Eerd, M. van, (2017). 'Pushed to the bush'? Changes in resettlements approaches in India. In: M. P. van Dijk, J. Edelenbos and K. van Rooijen (Eds.) Urban governance in the realm of complexity (pp. 25-46). Rugby: Practical Action Publishing.
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 transformation. My 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.) Papers presented at the International Conference Global Dwelling : Research, Education, Community Participation (pp. 59-73). Barcelona: School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Liull University.
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].
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).
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 (IHS thesis series, no. 2) [includes CD-ROM]. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).
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).
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).
Eerd, M. van, (2008). Local initiatives in relocation : the state and NGOs as partners? : From research to action. New Delhi: Monohar Publishers.
Eerd, M. van, Afejuku-Egbe, R. O. and Nwaghodoh, E. (2008). Abuja process mapping report, Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS).

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