• Dr. ing. Gerard van Bortel

    Housing Researcher

     

    Assistant Professor Housing Management at Delft University of Technology

     

    Performance auditor for Dutch housing associations [Woningcorporaties] at Raeflex

     

    Member of the Supervisory Board [Raad van Commissarissen] of housing association [Woningcorporatie] Parteon, Wormerveer.

     

    Member of the Flemish Auditboard housing associations [Visitatieraad Sociale Huisvestingsmaatschappijen] (until December 2016)

     

    Board member Forum, Association for Social Housing [Forum, Vereniging voor Volkshuisvesting]

     

    You can find more information in my bio.

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  • Jane Jacobs

    "Neighbourhood regeneration is a job that cannot begin too soon. But on the other hand it is also a job that is never over and done with, and never will be, in any given place.'

  • Networks and Fault Lines

    PhD Thesis on the role of housing associations in neighbourhood regeneration:

    a network governance perspective

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    PhD-thesis / Proefschrift

    Gerard van Bortel

  • Verdediging Proefschrift

    PhD Defence

    Op vrijdag 4 maart 2016 heb ik succesvol mijn proefschrift verdedigd aan de TU Delft

     

    On Friday March 4th 2016 I succesfully defended my doctoral thesis at Delft University of Technology

    After the PhD Defence

    Top row (left to right): opponents Prof. Bo Bengtsson, Prof. Michael Oxley, Prof Erik-Hans Klijn, Prof. Ellen van Bueren.

     

    Bottom row (left to right): chairman representing the Rector Magnificus, promotor Prof. Peter Boelhouwer, paranimph Darinka Czischke, myself, paranimph Ada Jongkamp, promotors Prof. Marja Elsinga and Prof. David Mullins and the Beadle.

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  • Publications

    Below you will find a selection of recent publications. More publications can be found here (TU Delft Metis).

     

    Rapport (Dutch)

    Tevredenheidsmeting Sociale Huisvesting

    2016

    Sien Winters, Gerard van Bortel, en Annelies De Coninck

    Dit onderzoek heeft tot doel een gebruiksvriendelijk en flexibel instrument te ontwikkelen dat Vlaamse sociale huisvestingsmaatschappijen moet toelaten de tevredenheid van hun klanten met hun dienstverlening te meten.

     

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    Article

    Exemplary Urban Practitioners in Neighbourhood Renewal: Survival of the Fittest… and the Fitting

    2015

    Ton van der Pennen and Gerard van Bortel

    Using empirical case study data from the Netherlands and the UK, this paper demonstrates that there should be more attention for the role of individual urban practitioners.

     

    This paper explores the characteristics of these practitioners by analysing empirical data from neighbourhood renewal case studies using Habermas system/lifeworld
    concept.

     

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    Book

    Hybridising Housing Organisations: Meanings, Concepts and Processes of Social Enterprise in Housing

    2013

     

    David Mullins, Darinka Czischke and Gerard van Bortel (eds.)

    This book presents recent international research applying concepts of
    social enterprise and hybridity to illuminate organisational behaviour
    in the housing sector. It addresses critiques of the explanatory value
    of these concepts by exploring their underlying meanings and their
    application to diverse case studies worldwide.

     

    This book was also published as a special issue of Housing Studies. Volume 27, Issue 4, 2012

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  • Visitaties woningcorporaties en sociale huisvestings-maatschappijen

    Sinds 2006 ben ik actief als visitator van Nederlandse woningcorporaties. In de afgelopen jaren heb ik de prestaties van enkele tientallen woningcorporaties beoordeeld. Mijn doel is corporaties te ondersteunen in het verbeteren van hun werking. De dialoog over opgaven, prestaties, organisatie, middelen en governance staat bij mij centraal. Nederlandse visitaties voer ik uit via Raeflex en zijn gebaseerd om de visitatiemethodiek die wordt gebaseerd op de visitatiemethodiek die wordt beheerd door de Stichting Visitaties Woningcorporaties Nederland.

     

    Sinds 2012 visiteer ik ook Vlaamse huisvestingsmaatschappijen. Als voorzitter van de Visitatieraad Sociale Huisvestingsmaatschappijen coördineerde ik in opdracht van de Vlaamse overheid de activiteiten van een team van 15 visitatoren in de periode 2012-2016. De Visitatieraad maakt zich nu op voor de tweede visitatieronde die start in het najaar van 2017.

    Visitaties in Nederland

    2017

    • Woonplus, Schiedam (2017) (rapportagefase)
    • Woonlinie, Zaltbommel (2017) (rapportagefase)

    2016

    • Staedion, Den Haag (2016)

    2015

    • Laurens Wonen, Rotterdam (2015)
    • Area, Uden (2015)
    • Beter Wonen Vechtdal Hardenberg (2015)
    • Dudok Wonen, Hilversum (2015)
    • Portaal, Utrecht (2015)

    2014

    • Woonstede, Ede (2014)
    • De Sleutels, Leiden (2014)
    • Woonwijze, Vught (2014)

    2013

    • BrabantWonen, Oss (2013)
    • 3B Wonen, Bergschenhoek (2013)

    2012

    • Lefier, Hoogezand (2012)
    • Woonlinie, Woudrichem / Zaltbommel (2012)
    • SWZ, Zwolle (2012)

    2011

    • Woningstichting Kamerik, Woerden (2011)
    • Triada Woondiensten, Heerde (2011)
    • Woningstichting Nieuwkoop (2011)

    2010

    • Ymere, Amsterdam (2010)
    • Woonconcept, Meppel (2010)
    • Wovesto, Sint Oedenrode (2010)
    • Volksbelang, Made (2010)

    2007-2009

    • Woonplus, Schiedam (2009)
    • Woonlinie, Woudrichem / Zaltbommel (2008)
    • Accolade Groep, Heerenveen (2007)

    De Nederlandse visitatierapporten kunt u vinden op: www.visitaties.nl

    Visitaties in Vlaanderen

    2016

    • Izegemse Bouwmaatschappij, Izegem (2016)
    • De Vlashaard, Wevelgem (2016)
    • De Gelukkige Haard, Oostende (2016)

    2015

    • Vivendo, Brugge (2015)
    • De Mandel, Roeselaere (2015)
    • Dewaco Werkerswelzijn, Aalst (2015)

    2014

    • De Leie, Wervik (2014)
    • Eigen Gift Eigen Hulp, Kuurne (2014)
    • De Gentse Haard, Gent (2014)
    • Kleine Landeigendom Zuiderkempen, Westerlo (2014)
    • Volkswoningen van Duffel, Duffel (2014)

    2013

    • Eigen Woning, Puurs (2013)
    • Bouwmaatschappij De Noorderkempen, Merksplas (2013)
    • De Oostendse Haard, Oostende (2013)
    • Elk zijn Huis, Tervuren (2013)
    • Molse Bouwmaatschappij voor de huisvesting, Mol (2013)

    2012

    • Lierse Maatschappij voor de Huisvesting, Lier (2012)
    • Sociale Woningen Regio Landen, Landen (2012)

    Piloot visitaties in 2009:

    • De Mandelbeek, Ingelmunster (2009)
    • Het Volk en De Volkshaard, Gent (2009)
    • Dijledal, Leuven (2009)
    • KLE Turnhout, Turnhout (2009)
    • Landwaarts, Neerpelt (2009)

    De Vlaamse visitatierapporten kunt u vinden op: rapporten.visitatieraad.be

    Interview in Fundamenten (2017-02) over Vlaamse visitaties in de sociale huisvestingssector (April 2017)

    Van 2012 tot 2016 was ik voorzitter van de Visitatieraad Sociale Huisvestings-maatschappijen. In Fundamenten (2017-02), het magazine van de Vereniging van Vlaamse Huisvestingsmaatschappijen (VVH), bespreek ik met de nieuwe Visitatieraadvoorzitter Tom Raes en VVH directeur Björn Mallants de ervaringen en toekomst van het visitatieinstrument.

     

    De eerste visitatieronde werd eind 2016 afgerond en de tweede visitatieronde zal in het najaar 2017 van start zal gaan.

     

    Klik hier voor de PDF van het volledige interview.

    Interview in WoonWoord (VMSW) over de Visitatieraad Sociale Huisvestings-maatschappijen als kritische vriend (April 2016)

    Klik hier voor PDF van het volledige rapport.

    Vijf jaar corporatie visitaties: Balanceren tussen verantwoorden en leren (2012)

    Onderzoek uitgevoerd door het TU Delft Onderzoeksinstituut OTB in opdracht van
    Stichting Visitatie Woningcorporaties Nederland

     

    Klik hier voor PDF van het volledige rapport.

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  • Bio

    Gerard van Bortel

    A long but 'scenic' educational route

    Gerard van Bortel was born on November 8 1963 in Breda. He followed a rather long but ‘scenic’ educational route. After finishing his general secondary education (MAVO) in Breda, he followed a vocational technical study Architecture in the same city. During that study, he became inspired by affordable housing and urban regeneration, and followed the specialized Social Housing track at the Tilburg Polytechnic Architecture department (HTS). He attained his title as Architectural Engineer (Ing.) in 1989 with a study on the regeneration of a deprived housing estate in the city of Groningen.

     

    Parallel to his career in housing, Gerard continued studying in part-time. After attaining his propedeuse in Economics at the University of Amsterdam, he studied Organisational Sciences (‘Bedrijfswetenschappen’) at the Open University. In 2003 he attained his Masters title with a thesis exploring the link between the organisational strategies and performance of Dutch housing associations.

    Working as a housing professional

     

    After completing his alternative military service, he started
    working for housing associations in Zwolle (SAVO, later DeltaWonen, from 1989 - 1997) and Groningen (De Huismeesters, from 1997 - 2004) in various functions: housing officer, ICT-officer, quality manager, manager of a Research and Development  department and, finally, senior strategy consultant.

     

    The move from practise to research

     

    In 2004, Gerard quit his job at housing association De Huismeesters in Groningen, and moved with his wife (Neeltje Reijnders) and two young children to Belgium were Neeltje became a Minister in Brussels for the United Protestant Church of Belgium. It proved to be a pivotal year. Without employment, Gerard started to look for new opportunities in the domain of social housing. This exploration led to a career shift with to a stronger focus on consultancy, research, training and education. He became a social housing strategy consultant working for the Amsterdam-based firm RIGO Research en Advies. Parallel to his work for RIGO, Gerard conducted a study on governance networks in neighbourhood regeneration in The Hague working as an independent researcher for the OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment, part of the Delft University of Technology.

    A PhD was born

    Working for OTB Gerard’s ideas to do a PhD matured. He started his PhD in 2005 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. Marja Elsinga, Prof. Dr. Peter Boelhouwer (both TU Delft) and Prof. David Mullins. In 2007 Gerard left RIGO and started working at OTB, were he specialised in studies on social housing governance and institutions. In 2013 Gerard moved to the TU Delft Real Estate and Housing department (Now: Management in the Built Environment), part of the Architecture faculty, to strengthen the balance between governance & management and research & education in his work.

    Family

    Gerard is a proud father of a teenage son (Gideon, 18) and
    daughter (Emma, 16) and lives with his family just north of Amsterdam, in Krommenie.

  • Contact me

     

    I would be delighted to share thoughts, answer questions, discuss ideas and work on projects; do not hesitate to get in touch. Drop me an email or connect through one of the links below.

     

    g.a.vanbortel@tudelft.nl

     

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