Visitaties woningcorporaties (NL) en sociale huisvestingsmaatschappijen (VL)
Sinds 2006 ben ik actief als visitator voor Nederlandse woningcorporaties. In de afgelopen jaren heb ik de maatschappelijke prestaties van enkele tientallen woningcorporaties beoordeeld. Mijn doel is corporaties te ondersteunen bij het leren en verbeteren. Nederlandse visitaties voer ik uit via Raeflex en zijn gebaseerd om de visitatiemethodiek die wordt beheerd door de Stichting Visitaties Woningcorporaties Nederland.
Van 2012 tot en met 2020 visiteerde ik ook Vlaamse sociale 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. In mei 2017 ben ik opnieuw benoemd tot lid van de Visitatieraad. Die Visitatieraad is nu bezig met de tweede visitatieronde die is gestart in het najaar van 2017. In 2020 ben ik gestopt met mijn werkzaamheden als visitator in Vlaanderen.
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.
Pictures PhD Defence
Friday, 4 March 2016
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, where he specialised in studies on social housing management, finance, governance and institutions. In 2013 Gerard moved to the TU Delft Management in the Built Environment department, part of the Architecture faculty, to strengthen the balance between governance & management and research & education in his work.
Gerard is a proud father of a son (Gideon, 23) and daughter (Emma, 20) and lives near Delft in the beautiful village of Naaldwijk.
I would be delighted to share thoughts, answer questions, discuss ideas and work on housing initiatives; do not hesitate to get in touch. Drop me an email or connect through one of the links below.