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Roorda

Chris

Roorda

Ad-Hoc Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Sustainable urban development is the primary focus in my work as consultant at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions. My background is in Energy Science (MSc at Utrecht University) and transition to sustainable energy is still one of the core themes in my work. Over the past years, I worked on this theme in Aberdeen (UK), Assen (NL) and Ghent (BE), among many other cities. However, my focus is broader than just energy; my expertise is the governance of sustainability transitions in the urban context. My work involves performing in-depth analyses of urban sustainability challenges, facilitation of co-creation processes as well as capacity building. In my home city Rotterdam (NL) I led a multi-actor process drafting an agenda for the future of mobility, and currently work on a project promoting of cycling as a means for socio-economic development. In Rosario (AR) I support a local NGO in a similar project regarding cycling. Other themes I work on are spatial development strategies (Ghent, BE; Tilburg, NL); neighborhood development (Rotterdam, NL); and addressing child poverty (Leuven, BE). Two of my key publications are about sustainable urban development: “Transition management in the urban context: guidance manual.” (2014) and “Urban Development: the State of the Sustainable Art” (2011).
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development (e.g. consultant on urban development within the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, he has provided two relevant publications).
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I worked on transnational learning between five European cities as work-package leader in the Interreg IVb-funded project Mitigation in Urban Areas, Solution for Innovative Cities (MUSIC, 2010 – 2015). This included preparing and facilitating half yearly transnational workshops; taking the role of ‘city coach’ for two cities, assisting them in adapting and implementing the Transition Management approach; and writing a guidance manual updated yearly to include new insights emerging from experiences in the project. Furthermore, I prepared and facilitated workshops in Krakow, Milan and Rotterdam, to disseminate and discuss insights from the FP7-funded project InContext; and a similar workshop preceding the final conference of the MUSIC project. The workshops each involved about 20 participants from cities across Europe. Over the course of 1,5 to 2,5 days, the participants were introduced to the methodology of transition management by taking part in a ‘pressure cooker’ format application of the approach; thus learning about the approach while reflecting together with fellow city officers on their own role in sustainability transitions. I learned important preconditions for successful peer learning are the willingness to share and critically reflect on own experiences, and the curiosity to listen to others. Extensive preparation contributed to a meaningful exchange of experiences. See also my article “Learning in a transnational project: the case of MUSIC” (2013).
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one significant transnational activity that demonstrates his understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level (e.g. work-package leader in the Interreg IVb-funded project Mitigation in Urban Areas, Solution for Innovative Cities participation in multinational workshops within the FP7-funded project InContext).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am proficient in spoken and written English. Over the last 11 years, I have studied and worked in English-speaking environments. I have studied an international Master’s programme, Energy Science at Utrecht University. Afterwards I have worked in a research institute with colleagues from across Europe, and have been involved in several European projects. My role as work package leader in the InterregIVb-project MUSIC mentioned above included not only facilitating transnational exchanges in English, but also supporting a co-creation process in the City of Aberdeen, UK. About half of my publications are in English, see the website of DRIFT for an overview.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is proficient in English (e.g. many years of international professional experience and author of many publications in English).
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
All workshops in the two projects mentioned above involved communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers. Next to this, I have presented the MUSIC-project and the transition approach at many occasions, for example at the Ecocities conference in Nantes (FR, 2013) and the ICLEI World Congress in Belo Horizonte (BR, 2012)
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides several examples that demonstrate his ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (e.g. MUSIC-project, InContext project, conferences).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
see internal documents (please do not distribute) at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ny4dep087upr7r/InternalFiles4Urbact.zip?dl=0
C3.2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides less than two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc. He only refers to internal documents that have been prepared for the MUSIC project, but without giving clear examples.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
- the visual memory aids produced after each transnational meeting in the MUSIC-project : http://web.archive.org/web/20141218091117/http://www.themusicproject.eu/_doc/Navigating-the-exciting-MUSIC-journey-overview-VMAs_1964815196.pdf - the case studies in "Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples" (https://oud.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/20140918_Governing-Urban-Sustainability-Transitions.pdf)
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to capture learning for participants to take away (e.g. two reports targeted at the large public:Navigating the exciting MUSIC journey and Governing Urban Sustainability Transitions–Inspiring examples ).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
The main publication in the MUSIC-project, of which I am main author, was aimed at city officers in European cities: – Roorda, C., Wittmayer, J., Henneman, P, Steenbergen, F. van, Frantzeskaki, N., Loorbach, D. (2014). Transition management in the urban context: guidance manual. DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam Together with my collegues, I combined the experiences and insights from the MUSIC project with other projects in another publication: – Wittmayer, J., Roorda, C., Steenbergen, F. van (eds) (2014). Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples. DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam I was also involved in the preparation of a movie on the MUSIC project, identifying the audience and key messages and contributing to the scenario. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue0q7WxWNLw
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages. However, both examples are from the MUSIC project. No other relevant examples can be found in his CV.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
I worked on transnational learning between five European cities as work-package leader in the Interreg IVb-funded project Mitigation in Urban Areas, Solution for Innovative Cities (MUSIC, 2010 – 2015). This included facilitating half yearly transnational workshops, and the preparation of those with questionnaires and group discussions with the seven project partners in advance. I also took a leading role in designing the mid-term as well as the final conference, aimed at creating meaningful learning experiences, for a group of 150 participants from all over Europe. Furthermore, I co-designed and facilitated 3 “Reality Check workshops”, in Krakow, Milan and Rotterdam, to disseminate and discuss insights from the FP7-funded project InContext; and a similar transnational workshop preceding the final conference of the MUSIC project mentioned above. The workshops was an intense learning experience during 1,5 to 2,5 days with about 20 participants from cities across Europe. Through these transnational exchanges, I gained experience in dealing with differences in cultures and specifically policy cultures between participants, as well as difference in level of experience, understanding and commitment. I have experience with a large range of methods and facilitation techniques for (a.o.) participatory analysis, envisioning, idea generation and reflection on roles.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, meeting 3 out of 3 criteria for C1, 2 out of 4 criteria for C2, and 3 out of 4 for C3. Although Mr.Roorda meets formally the criteria to be approved under this category, it is important to note that his transnational experience is mainly gained within one project-MUSIC (2010-2015). No significant inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and the application.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I am expert in the governance of sustainability transitions in the urban context. My work involves performing in-depth analyses of urban sustainability challenges, facilitation of co-creation processes as well as capacity building. One of the central themes in my work is sustainable energy, which I worked on in Aberdeen (UK), Assen (NL) and Ghent (BE), among many other cities. In my home city Rotterdam (NL) I led a multi-actor process drafting an agenda for the future of mobility, and currently work on a project promoting of cycling as a means for socio-economic development. In Rosario (AR) I support a local NGO in a similar project regarding cycling. Other themes I work on are spatial development strategies (Ghent, BE; Tilburg, NL); neighborhood development (Rotterdam, NL); and addressing child poverty (Leuven, BE).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc. (e.g. experience in advising local authorities on different themes such as sustainable energy, mobility, cycling, spatial development strategies).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
see internal documents (please do not distribute) at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ny4dep087upr7r/InternalFiles4Urbact.zip?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides less than two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc. He only refers to internal documents that have been prepared for the MUSIC project, but without giving clear examples.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
The main publication in the MUSIC-project, of which I am main author, was aimed at city officers in European cities: – Roorda, C., Wittmayer, J., Henneman, P, Steenbergen, F. van, Frantzeskaki, N., Loorbach, D. (2014). Transition management in the urban context: guidance manual. DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam Together with my collegues, I combined the experiences and insights from the MUSIC project with other projects in another publication: – Wittmayer, J., Roorda, C., Steenbergen, F. van (eds) (2014). Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples. DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam I was also involved in the preparation of a movie on the MUSIC project, identifying the audience and key messages and contributing to the scenario. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue0q7WxWNLw
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
For the dissemination of the key publication of the MUSIC-project (see D.3), I hired an intern to identify relevant newletters and journals to reach urban policy makers across Europe. Together with the intern and my colleagues, I have used these channels to promote the publication, leading to over 4000 downloads. We have also written a number of blog posts and journal articles summarizing the key insights of the projects. See for example – Roorda, C., Vassileva, R. (2014) Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change. Blog-post at thisbigcity.net. – Wittmayer, J., Wenninger, A. & Tefrati, N. (2013). Die Energiewende auf kommunaler Ebene. In: Innovative Verwaltung 09/2013: 46-48. – Roorda, C. (2013). Transitiemanagement voor duurzame stedelijke ontwikkeling. Blog-post at gebiedsontwikkeling.nu. Moreover, I have presented the insights on a number of European conferences, among which Resilient Cities in Bonn, Ecocities in Nantes, and Eurocities in Ghent (all in 2013); and organized a 1,5 day training session with 20 participants from European cities.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant example that demonstrates his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc (e.g. newsletters, blog posts, journal articles within the MUSIC-project).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I am expert in the governance of sustainability transitions in the urban context. My work involves performing in-depth analyses of urban sustainability challenges, facilitation of co-creation processes as well as capacity building. One of the central themes in my work is sustainable energy, which I worked on in Aberdeen (UK), Assen (NL) and Ghent (BE), among many other cities. In my home city Rotterdam (NL) I led a multi-actor process drafting an agenda for the future of mobility, and currently work on a project promoting of cycling as a means for socio-economic development. In Rosario (AR) I support a local NGO in a similar project regarding cycling. Other themes I work on are spatial development strategies (Ghent, BE; Tilburg, NL); neighborhood development (Rotterdam, NL); and addressing child poverty (Leuven, BE). Some publications introducing my work are: Transition management in the urban context: guidance manual (http://j.mp/TMgmEN), Governing urban sustainability transitions: Inspiring examples (https://oud.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/20140918_Governing-Urban-Sustainability-Transitions.pdf) , the blog-post Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change (http://thisbigcity.net/five-ways-to-organize-fundamental-sustainability-change). and the short introduction movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue0q7WxWNLw)
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Local governance", meeting 3 out of 4 criteria. Mr. Roorda has experience in advising local authorities on different themes such as sustainable energy, mobility, cycling, spatial development strategies, etc. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and application.
Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
In my home city Rotterdam (NL) I led a multi-actor process drafting an agenda for the future of mobility in 2015, and currently work on a project promoting of cycling as a means for socio-economic development. In Rosario (AR) I support a local NGO in a similar project regarding cycling. Last year, I went on a study trip to Colombia to gain a better understanding of the urban cycling policies there, lately I am getting more and more involved in Dutch mobility debates.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant demonstrates close to two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice and research (e.g. participation in several mobility and cycling projects).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
see internal documents (please do not distribute) at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ny4dep087upr7r/InternalFiles4Urbact.zip?dl=0
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides less than two relevant examples that demonstrate his ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc. He only refers to internal documents that have been prepared for the MUSIC project, but without giving clear examples.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
See the links below for two publications that reflect insights from my work in Rotterdam (both in Dutch). The first is aimed at a broader audience in Rotterdam, including policy makers from diverse domains; the second is rather about the approach and the implications for mobility policies of local governments. Together with the insights from the project Rosario, I am currently working on dissemination to an international audience (see D4) https://www.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Nieuwe_wegen_inslaan_mobiliteitsarenaRdam.pdf http://oud.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DRIFT_terugblik_mobiliteitsarena_Rotterdam.pdf
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two examples that demonstrate his ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience) in relation to the theme of sustainable urban mobility. In addition, one relevant example can be found in section D.4. (http://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicdocuments/download/1965/document/roorda-chris---transition-management-to-foster-fundamental-change.pdf).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
I am working on reaching an international audience with the insights from the projects in Rotterdam and Rosario. A presentation at the POLIS conference (Rotterdam, december 2016, http://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicdocuments/download/1965/document/roorda-chris---transition-management-to-foster-fundamental-change.pdf) was the first step, together with my project-partner in Rosario, I am currently developing the ‘urban cycling lab’ concept, based on these experiences, which we will present at the Velocity conference later this year.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides one relevant example that demonstrate his understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc (e.g. presentation at the POLIS conference).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
In my home city Rotterdam (NL) I led a multi-actor process drafting an agenda for the future of mobility in 2015, and currently work on a project promoting of cycling as a means for socio-economic development. In Rosario (AR) I support a local NGO in a similar project regarding cycling. Last year, I went on a study trip to Colombia to gain a better understanding of the urban cycling policies there, lately I am getting more and more involved in Dutch mobility debates. I am working on reaching an international audience with the insights from the projects in Rotterdam and Rosario. A presentation at the POLIS conference (Rotterdam, December 2016) was the first step, together with my project-partner in Rosario, I am currently developing the ‘urban cycling lab’ concept, based on these experiences, which we will present at the Velocity conference later this year. Some publications: - Resulting publication from the mobility arena in Rotterdam (in Dutch): https://www.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Nieuwe_wegen_inslaan_mobiliteitsarenaRdam.pdf - Reflection on the process (in Dutch): http://oud.drift.eur.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DRIFT_terugblik_mobiliteitsarena_Rotterdam.pdf - Website Fietsen op Zuid (in Dutch): www.fietsenopzuid.nl - POLIS-conference presentation: http://www.polisnetwork.eu/publicdocuments/download/1965/document/roorda-chris---transition-management-to-foster-fundamental-change.pdf
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D "Sustainable urban mobility", meeting 3 out of 4 criteria. However, it is important to note that he demonstrates close to two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme. Moreover, one of the referees does not recommend him for this area of expertise, as he does not have enough know-how and experience (e.g. limited experience in cycling-related projects). Therefore his appointment as an ad-hoc expert shall be carefully considered. No significant inconsistencies have been identified between the CV and application.

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Residence location:
Netherlands
Languages:
Dutch - Mother tongue
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Email:
roorda@drift.eur.nl
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