Dr. Marcela Brugnach

Marcela Brugnach PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Water Engineering and Management group. She has completed doctoral studies in both Bioresource Engineering and Forest Ecology from Oregon State University (USA, 2003), and a masters degree in Computer Science from Universidad Nacional del Centro (Argentina, 1991). After completing her doctoral education, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis (USA, 2003-2005), and, later on, a research associate in the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück (Germany, 2005-2009). Dr Brugnach’s research focuses on collective decision making processes in natural resources management. Her expertise includes computer modelling and simulations, participatory processes and decision making under uncertainty. Her research combines quantitative and participatory methods of inquiry and modelling. Over the past years she has been developing concepts and innovative methods to handle uncertainty in collective decision making processes.

Drs. ing. Hans Boes

Hans Boes is assistant professor at the department of Construction Management & Engineering. He has been working in the Construction Industry as project manager and consultant for more than ten years. As consultant he was involved in programs by CROW and Rijkswaterstaat for developing tools to support the implementation of Integrated Contracts in the Construction Industry. In 2001 he started working at the University of Twente.

Today, in research and education his focus areas are strategies regarding procurement and tendering in order to improve client-contractor collaboration, stimulate innovation and add value to the project result. As chairman of a Working Group ‘Professionalisation of Public Clients’, consisting of managers of municipalities from the Eastern part of Holland, he supports the implementation of new strategies and required organizational changes. Also, he is involved in the preparation and execution of project tenders by municipalities, participate in tender award committees and maintain connections to consultancy/engineering firms as well as contractors.

In his spare time he is playing football, board member at his football club, interested in the history of countries and ancient cities and enjoys traveling to discover new places and visit landmarks of the Construction Industry. He travelled to Asia before and was pleasantly surprised by the culture and therefore looking forward to visit Japan


Dr. John Pritchard

John P. Pritchard is a researcher at the Centre for Transport Studies of the University of Twente in the Netherlands interested in the social impacts of how transportation systems are organized and on the interactions between the accessibility of areas, personal mobility and inclusion in society. He is currently attached to the ASTRID project focused on analyzing accessibility to jobs from an equity and social justice perspective in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Brazil.



Koen Reef MSc

Koen R.G. Reef is a PhD. researcher at the department of Water Engineering and Management at the University of Twente. Within the WADSnext! Project, he studies the processes affecting the long-term morphologic evolution of barrier coasts (such as the Wadden Sea). He presented his work at multiple national and international conferences (e.g. NCK-days 2018 in Haarlem and ECSA 2017 in Shanghai).

Before starting his PhD, Koen obtained his master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Management at the University of Twente. During his master he participated in the 2014 ‘Latin Links’ study tour to Argentina and Uruguay and this proved to be a very memorable experience. He hopes the 2018 study tour to Japan will be just as memorable for all participants!

While obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Twente, he was an Erasmus exchange student at Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden for half a year. In his spare time, he enjoys running, skiing, travelling, and, when possible, combining these activities.