Jeroen Wolbers

Assistant Professor of Crisis Governance – Leiden University – Crisis Research Center


I work as an Assistant Professor of Crisis Governance at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University. This position is affiliated to the Crisis Research Center (CRC), which was founded in 1989, and is one of the oldest crisis researcher centers in Europe. My expertise lies in fast-response organizing on the topics of coordination, sensemaking, and decision-making, with a special focus on crisis management.

In my PhD thesis, I studied coordination processes between emergency services on disaster sites. My thesis was selected for the top 3 dissertations worldwide in management science with the Grigor McClelland Award 2017, and was awarded with the VU Faculty of Social Science Dissertation Award.

Previously I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO project on Smart Disaster Governance at the VU University, where I performed fieldwork during the response to the Nepal Earthquakes in 2015, the refugee crisis in Europe, and multiple disaster exercises throughout the Netherlands.

I believe it’s important for a researcher to work on a social relevant topic, and to asses it from multiple scientific approaches. In addition to my scientific contribution, through multiple types of peer reviewed publications, I also contribute to the field of crisis and disaster management. A perfect example is the study about the implementation of Netcentric Work, on behalf of the Institute Physical Safety: ‘Netcentric Work in Development’.

My expertise lies in analysing and researching complex organizational dilemmas in the area of coordination, technology, social networks, knowledge management and culture. As an organizational scientist I am capable of analysing and clarifying complex organizational cases from multiple theoretical perspectives. For me, building the connection between scientific theory and practical application is central.

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