Disaster scientist and humanitarian technical advisor


Eefje Hendriks is Director of the Disruptive Events educational programs on (inter)national Disaster Resilience, Migration and Climate Change and Coordinator of the Graduation School for the Built Environment at Avans University of Applied Sciences. She is a daily board member of Technology for Global Development, at the Eindhoven University of Technology, bridging the gap between science and practice. As a senior lecturer in disaster risk reduction, she gives several bachelor and master courses and hosts the Graduation Studio Borderless Engineering. She was recently awarded Sustainable teacher (Duurzame docent) of the Netherlands 2020 for higher education.

She holds a Ph.D. degree (2020) in effective communication to reduce housing vulnerability in post-disaster reconstruction. She conducted field research in remote communities in Nepal, the Philippines, Senegal, Nicaragua and Haiti. She studied socioeconomic pathways to the adoption of hazard-resistant construction knowledge. She was granted a personal research scholarship for the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and several other research prizes. In her fieldwork and education, she collaborates with numerous NGOs, such as CRS, Cordaid, IFRC, Medicin Sans Frontieres, Habitat for Humanity, Stichting Samenscholen, Bambu Social.

Besides being an author and reviewer, Eefje is guest editor of a special issue of the International Journal for Disaster Prevention and Management giving a stage to Early Career researchers “Emerging voices and pathways to inclusive disaster studies”. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney and the International University of Catalunya.

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Dr. ir. Eefje Hendriks

University of Twente
Researcher and project leader | Post-disaster reconstruction decisions
Faculty of Geo-information and earth observation
Hengelosestraat 99, 7514 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Eindhoven University of Technology
Lecturer and researcher | Development and sustainability
Daily board member | Technology for Global Development Department of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
De Groene Loper 6, Vertigo 7, Postbus 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Avans University of Applied Science
Lecturer | Disaster resilience | Architecture | Building Technology
Researcher and project leader | New Materials and Applications
Coordinator | Disruptive Events | Graduation School
Academy of Sustainable Built Environment
Professor Cobbenhagenlaan 13, 5037 DA Tilburg, The Netherlands

Email: eefjehendriks@mail.com / e.hendriks@tue.nl / ehendrik3@avans.nl

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