Saskia Ruijsink

Saskia Ruijsink is an urban professional focusing on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for urban planning and urban development. At IHS, Saskia has focused on research, education, training and advisory work in the fields of urban justice, sustainability, innovation, co-creation, participation and multi-stakeholder processes, placemaking, and urban and regional planning and development, in an international context. Before entering IHS, Saskia worked as a consultant in the Netherlands on similar topics for (local) governments and social housing agencies in a variety of cities and regions. In September 2021, Saskia started work at the LDE Center for Sustainability as scientific coordinator of the cities hub. She is based at the faculty of Architecture, Technical University Delft. She focuses on bringing together the LDE expertise in research and education by drawing on various urban-oriented disciplines in the 3 universities (Leiden, Delft & Erasmus University) and by reaching out to public, private and social organizations that work in the urban domain.

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Ruijsink, S., Zuijderwijk, L, Kunze, I., Wittmayer, J., Cipolla, C., Elle, M., Rach, S. and Avelino, F. (2017) The emergence of social innovation: a translocal perspective (TRANSIT working paper #15). Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT): EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

Geurts, E. and Ruijsink, S. 2017. Participatory planning approaches and capacity development in Cape Town, South Africa. In: A. Folkers and I. Perzyna eds., 2017. The Beeker method: planning and working on the redevelopment of the African city: retrospective glances into the future. Leiden: African Studies Centre Leiden. pp. 123-134. Available at:

Haxeltine A., Jørgensen, M. S., Pel, B., Dumitru, A., Avelino, F., Bauler, Lema, Blanco, I., T. Chilvers, J., Cipolla, C., Dorland, J., Elle, M., Garido, S., Kemp, R., Kunze, I., Longhurst, N., Pataki, G., Rach, S., Renema, J., Ruijsink, S., Strasser, T., Tawakol, D., Weaver, P., Wittmayer, J. M., 2016. On the agency dynamics 0f transformative social innovation (TRANSIT working paper ; 7), Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT): EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.
Jørgensen, M. S., Avelino, F., Dorland, J., Rach, S., Wittmayer, J., Pel, B., Bachhaus, J., Ruijsink, S., Weaver, P. and Kemp, R., 2016. Deliverable no. 4.4 :synthesis across social innovation case studies, Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT): EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

Ruijsink, S. and Smith, A., 2016. Transformative social innovation : European Network of Living Labs : summary report, Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT): EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

Ruijsink, S. and Smith, A., 2016. WP 4 : case study Living Labs, Rotterdam: Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT): EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Capra, C., Jachnow, A., Ruijsink, S., Tsatsou, A., Zamora Auza, B., Zuijderwijk, L., 2015. The role of knowledge institutions in placemaking. Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS): Rotterdam.

Kemp, R.; Zuijderwijk, L.; Weaver, P.; Seyfang, G.; Avelino, F.; Strasser, T.; Becerra, L.; Backhaus, J. and Ruijsink, S.
 (2015) Doing things differently : exploring Transformative Social innovation and its practical challenges (TRANSIT Brief ; 1), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Ruijsink, S. and Olivotto, V. 2015. Integrating climate change into City Development Strategies (CDS). Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Aliaj, B., Shutina, D. and Ruijsink, S., 2013, Organic area development : a discussion. Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS), 18 p.

Dijk, M. P. van,Pennink, C.andRuijsink, 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., Duka, I. and Toto, R., 2013, Urban planning and the free market in Albania. Rotterdam: Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS).

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.

Dool, L. van den,Eerd, M. van and Ruijsink, S., 2011, Supporting local urban knowledge arenas : how can knowledge networks contribute to urban development?, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 206 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.

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