Professor Johan Woltjer
Head of Department
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Johan Woltjer (1968) is Professor and Head of Department of Planning and Transport at the University of Westminster, UK. He also is an Honorary Professor in urban and regional development at the University of Groningen and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading. He was previously at the University of Groningen, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Twente, Netherlands. Professor Woltjer focuses his substantive work on understanding international urban and regional development (particularly Europe and Asia), resilient cities, urban geographies, and capacities for water and infrastructure management.
Professor Woltjer has held a wide range of international positions, in educational development (e.g. with universities in Indonesia, Germany, and China), for reviewing panels (e.g., Economic and Social Research Council UK, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), research networks (e.g., Urban Infrastructure Research Centre, Sustainable Society Institute, Coastal Governance and Resilience Group, International Planning Evaluation network), and editorial board memberships (e.g., Journal of Regional and City Planning, Cities -The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning).
The impact of his research is visible through funded projects, books and articles appearing in high-impact journals, and the delivery of policy advice on issues like water and infrastructure for several institutions including a large variety of government agencies.
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. Responsibilities have included 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)
- Urban Planning and Management, Jharkhand Institute India (Department for International Development)
- 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 (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
- Metropoles and the Future of Urban Indonesia (Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences)