Urban Development Management

Visiting address
Jaffalaan 134
Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment

Research profile

The following themes are central to the research and teaching of Ellen van Bueren:

  • Governance and management of integrated urban and infrastructure (re)development,
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration, coordination and decision-making (private-public-people partnerships)
  • Institutional drivers and barriers for decision-making

In particular she focuses on the following topics: 

  • Sustainable development
  • Circular economy, resource management
  • Energy transition, climate adaptation
  • Big Open and Linked (BOLD) Urban Data
  • Technological and infastructure innovation

 Ellen teaches in the following programmes:

  • Management in the Built Environment (MSc. track in Architecture)
  • Industrial Ecology (joint MSc. TUDelft-Leiden University)
  • Master City Developer (MSc. for urban professionals, joint programme with Erasmus University and city of Rotterdam)

Elllen is involved in the following research and valorisation initiatives:

  • AMS - Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Amsterdam, Principal Investigator
  • LDE Centre for Sustainability - Leiden-Delft-Erasmus collaboration focusing on circular economy and resource efficiency (daily board member)
  • LDE Centre for BOLD Cities - Leiden-Delft-Erasmus collaboration focusing on Big, Open and Linked Data
  • DIMI - Delft Institute for Infrastructure and Mobility (board member)
  • Master City Developer (academic committee, board member)
  • Stichting Kennis Gebiedsontwikkeling (board member, member scientific committee)

Publications (selection): 

  • Bekebrede, G., van Bueren, E., & Wenzler, I. (2018). Towards a joint local energy transition process in urban districts: The go2zero simulation gameSustainability10(8), 2602.

    Koutamanis, A., van Reijn, B., & van Bueren, E. (2018). Urban mining and buildings: A review of possibilities and limitations. Resources, Conservation and Recycling138, 32-39.

  • Pesch, U., Vernay, A. L., van Bueren, E., & Pandis Iverot, S. (2017). Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration: On the role of individuals in niche formation. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space49(8), 1922-1942.

  • Steen, K., & van Bueren, E. (2017). The defining characteristics of urban living labs. Technology Innovation Management Review7(7).

  • Hoppe, T., & van Bueren, E. (2015). Guest editorial: governing the challenges of climate change and energy transition in cities. Energy, sustainability and society, 5(1), 1-9.

  • Van Wijk, M., Van Bueren, E., & Te Brömmelstroet, M. (2014). ‘Governing structures for airport regions: Learning from the rise and fall of the 'Bestuursforum' in the Schiphol Airport region’, Transport Policy, 36, 139-150. (impact factor 2012: 1.541)
  • Van Bueren, E., Lammerts van Bueren, E., & Van der Zijp, A. (2014) Understanding wicked problems and organized irresponsibility. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.06.002
  • Bueren, E. van, H. van Bohemen, L. Itard and H. Visscher (eds.) (2012). Sustainable urban environments: an ecosystem approach, Dordrecht: Springer 
  • Bueren,  E. van, and Jong, J. de (2007). Establishing Sustainability: Policy Successes and Failures, Building Research & Information, 35(5), 543–556. 

Editorial positions:

  • Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
  • Infrastructure Complexity
  • Bestuurskunde (Dutch Journal of Public Administration)

Recent research projects (2019):

  • Circular Urban Area Development (ACCEZ) 
  • CircuMat - Supporting the development of a regional circular economy (EIT Raw Materials)
  • World Bank Group - Developing a urban resilience evaluation framework 
  • City-zen - development of GO2Zero - serious game supporting the local energy transition / urban retrofitting (EU-FP7 project)
  • Development of a living lab methodology (in collaboration with AMS)

Research output

  1. Unlocking Values Through Infrastructure Interdependencies

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Is public space privatization always bad for the public? Mixed evidence from the United Kingdom

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  1. Institutional Integration and Participation

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  2. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

  3. The role and challenges of experiments in delivering system’s change

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