I hold the chair of Policy Analysis as a Full Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. I am a senior fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and at the Harvard Kennedy School’s crisis leadership program in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for 2015-2016.
Prior to joining Delft University, I was an associate professor at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and member of the University Council since 2012. Before joining Tilburg University in 2003, I was researcher at the nuclear research center SCK•CEN (Belgium) from 1992-1999 and assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA) from 2000-2003. I received my MSc and my PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Ghent University (Belgium). My dissertation research was on preference modeling and decision making for individuals and groups, two areas which are still at the core of my current research interests at the intersection of information systems and decision making.
My research interests have lead me to work for various national, European or UN funded research projects in Africa, the Middle East, Russia, as well as in several universities and research labs in Europe, China and the USA. I have participated in EU funded projects, Dutch NWO and BSIK programs, and served as a reviewer or expert for the American, Dutch and Flemish Science Foundations and the European Commission. I am frequently invited as keynote or invited speaker at international conferences or workshops in Europe, the USA and China. In 2005, I received a two year EU Marie Curie Fellowship for my research on threat rigidity and computer-mediated communication and decision making. I have published over 100 reviewed papers in proceedings of international conferences and journals.
These same interests have also led me to work in the policy domain, most notably for the Flemish government in 2010-2011 as staff advisor to the minister of science and innovation. In 2014, I was awarded a commemorative medal from the Flemish Science Organization FWO for my contributions to Flemish science policy. I am advisor to UN OCHA as a member of the Information Management Working Group and have served as consultant for a variety of national and international organizations, such as different UN agencies, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the Dutch Police. I am a member of the board of directors for the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium since 2010.
I founded the international Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) Community in 2004, to be formally established as an international non-profit organization in 2009. I served as its President from 2009-2015, and helped ISCRAM grow into a truly global community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers in this challenging domain. ISCRAM