Dr.ing. G.A. (Gerard) van Bortel

Dr.ing. G.A. (Gerard) van Bortel


International publications

Van Bortel, G. (2016). Networks and Fault Lines. Understanding the role of housing associations in neighbourhood regeneraton: a network governance perspective [PhD-thesis].

Van der Pennen, T., & Van Bortel, G. (2015). Exemplary Urban Practitioners in Neighbourhood Renewal: Survival of the Fittest… and the Fitting. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Volume 27, Issue 3, 1323–1342. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-015-9600-4.

Mullins, D., Czischke, D., & Van Bortel, G. (Eds.) (2014). Hybridising housing organisations: Meanings, concepts and processes of social enterprise in housing. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Mullins, D., Czischke, D., & Van Bortel, G. (2012). Exploring the Meaning of Hybridity and Social Enterprise in Housing Organisations. Housing Studies, 27:4, 405-417

Van Bortel, G. (2012). Social Housing and Subsidiarity in the Lombard Model of Governance. (pp. 157-171) In Subsidiarity Governance, Theoretical and Empirical Models. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Elsinga, M., & Van Bortel, G. (2011). The future of social housing in the Netherlands. In N. Houard (Ed.), Social Housing across Europe (pp. 98-115). Paris: La Documentation Française.

Mullins, D., & Van Bortel, G. (2010). Neighbourhood regeneration and place leadership: lessons from Groningen and Birmingham. Policy Studies Journal, 31(4), 413-428.

Van Bortel, G., Mullins, D., & Gruis, V. (2010). Change for the better? making sense of housing association mergers in the Netherlands and England. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 25(3), 353-374.

Van Bortel, G., Mullins, D. & Rhodes, M-L (2009). Exploring network governance in urban regeneration, community involvement and integration. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 24, 93-101.

Van Bortel, G., & Mullins, D. (2009). Critical perspectives on network governance in urban regeneration, community involvement and integration. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 24, 203-219

Van Bortel, G. (2009). Network governance in action: the case of Groningen; complex decision-making in urban regeneration. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 24, 167-183.

Van Bortel, G., & Elsinga, M. (2007). A network perspective on the organization of social housing in the Netherlands: the case of urban renewal in The Hague. Housing, Theory and Society, 24(1), 32-48.





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Affordable housing is my passion. I am an assistant professor of Housing Management at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE). My research and teaching activities focus on the management, governance and finance of affordable and sustainable housing.

I worked in social housing for over 25 years. Before joining TU Delft, I worked as a strategy consultant at RIGO Research en Advies in Amsterdam and as a policy consultant and manager at housing associations in the east and north of the Netherlands. In 1989 I completed my 'Social Housing' bachelor's degree at Hogeschool Midden-Brabant in Tilburg. In 2002 I Supplemented this with a master's degree in Organisational Studies at the Open University. Then, in March 2016, I successfully defended my Networks and Fault lines PhD-thesis on The Role of Housing Associations in Neighbourhood Regeneration Governance: a network perspective.

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