Professor Johan Woltjer
Head of Department
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Johan Woltjer is a Professor of Urban Infrastructures, University of Westminster, UK, and Head of Department at the Department of Planning and Transport. He also is an Honorary Professor at the University of Groningen and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading. He was previously at the University of Groningen (2006-2014), the University of Amsterdam (2002-2006) and the University of Twente (1999-2002), Netherlands.
Professor Woltjer is the Director of the Centre for Urban Infrastructures at Westminster. He is concentrating his research work on institutional innovations for urban regions and infrastructure development, and, among other things, the role of sustainable governance, urban geograhies, and policy evaluation in the UK, the Netherlands, Europe, and Asia.
Professor Woltjer's university career over the last 20 years has included work on research projects and the delivery of policy advice on issues like water and infrastructure for several institutions including a large variety of government agencies. The international focus in his work is reflected not only through written work and invited chapters and reports, but also in his role for various research networks, like the international Planning Evaluation group.
Professor Woltjer is strongly committed to teaching and capacity building in his field. He has been instrumental to the development of various international degree programs, featuring advanced collaboration with international partners in Indonesia, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Johan Woltjer has been responsible for tutorial teaching and courses at both unddergraduate and postgraduate level. Currently for a range of department programs in the fields of Planning, Urban Design and Transport. Earlier responsibilities include international programs like ‘MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning’, ‘MSc Development Planning and Infrastructure Management’, and ‘MSc Water and Coastal Management’. Typical course modules have been focusing on urban geographies, infrastructure, water policies, comparative research and international planning, and policy evaluation. Prof Woltjer has been a winner of various teaching awards, and an enthusiastic supporter of international teaching.
Research work by Professor Woltjer focuses on regional governance, international development and urban planning. He contributes an international and internationally comparative view to urban planning and infrastructure development, particularly focusing on Europe and Asia. The impact of his work is visible through papers and articles on urban governance, regional development, infrastructure development, water management, policy evaluation, and capacity building, appearing in high-impact journals. Recent books are ‘Place-Based Evaluation for Infrastructure and Spatial Projects (Ashgate)’, and ‘Evaluation for Participation and Sustainability in Planning’ (Routledge).
Recent Grants and Projects:
- Sustainable urban infrastructure and wellbeing in the UK and China (British Council)
- Designing Cities (Quintin Hogg Fund)
- Worldwide Governance Indicators and Contemporary Governance in Indonesia (World Bank)
- Learning Capacity in Water Way Programmes (National Waterway Agency)
- Resilience strategies in flood risk management and urban planning - a comparative analysis of London, Hamburg and Rotterdam (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
- Metropoles and the Future of Urban Indonesia (Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences)