W.A.H. (Wil) Thissen


Wil Thissen has over 30 years of experience as a researcher, teacher, and practicing analyst, working at the interface of systems analysis and modeling on the one hand, and policy and decision making at the other. Before coming to his present position in 1992, he was a junior researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, a senior scientist and assistant professor at the University of Virginia, U.S.A a senior Policy Analyst with the Netherlands' Ministry for Transport and Public Works, and an associate professor at TU Delft. He plays an active role in different international scientific communities, including the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA).  

Disciplinary background

  • M.E. Physics Engineering (1973)
  • PhD Systems and Control Engineering (1978)
  • L. Kornov and W.A.H. Thissen: Rationality in decision- and policy-making: implications for strategic environmental assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Vol. 18, 3, 2000, p. 191-200.
  • Thissen W A H; Systems engineering education for public policy. International Journal of Technology Management, 2000, p. 408-419.
  • Thissen W.A.H., P.G.J. Twaalfhoven; Towards a conceptual structure for evaluating policy analytic activities. European journal of Operational Research, Vol. 129, 2001, p. 627-649,
  • Geenhuizen M S van, W A H Thissen; Uncertainty and Intelligent Transport Systems: Implications for Policy. International Journal of Technology, Policy, and Management, Volume 2, Number 1, pp. 5 - 19.
  • Thissen, W.A.H. and  Herder, PM  editors (2003) Critical Infrastructures. State of the Art in Research and Application.Boston/Dordrecht/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 304 pp.
  • Porter, A.L, Thissen, W.A.H. and many others: (2004) Technology Futures Analysis: Towards Integration of the Field and New Methods. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 71, pp. 287-303
  • Thissen, W.A.H., M. Ludema, M. Pantic and P. Wieringa, Eds. (2004).: Proceedings 2004 International IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. IEEE/Omnipress, NJ.  

More publications

  • Dealing with uncertainties in energy transitions (NWO-Novem)
  • Methodology for dealing with uncertainties in infrastructures (NGI-BSIK)
  • Modeling the dynamics of transitions (KSI-BSIK)

Wil Thissen


Multi-Actor Systems

Policy Analysis

Research interests:
Policy Analysis theory and methodology
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Dealing with Uncertainties
System Dynamics
Application fields: Water resource management, land use planning, transport, energy systems - more in general: Infrastructures

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