Smit, Marnix



Name Dr. M.(Marnix) Smit

Department Construction Management & Engineering

Room Horsttoren HT 301

Tel. +31 (0)53 489 6870 / 2136

Tel. secretary +31 (0)53 489 2670/4254

Fax +31 (0)53 489 2511


Position Assistant professor


Postal address

Dr. M. Smit

University of Twente

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department of Construction Management & Engineering

P.O.Box 217


The Netherlands

Higher Education

PhD in Urban Planning, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy, University of Twente

Employment record

1996 – 1999 FC Twente ’65, Professional football player

1999 – 2009 Heracles Almelo, Professional football player

2001 – 2002 University of Twente, Research and education assistant (part-time)

2002 – 2010 University of Twente, PhD (part-time)

2011 – 2012 University of Twente, Post-doc researcher

2012 – present University of Twente, Assistant-professor


Research focus

Safeguarding public interests in urban planning (PhD-thesis)

In recent decades, many new planning arrangements have emerged in which the actors involved run the gamut from (quasi-)public to private with the consequence that traditional domains and responsibilities have become blurred. The implications of this increasingly blurred distinction between public and private for public interests and values are subject to an intense and critical debate. In the PhD study a framework was developed to assess the safeguarding of the public interest in urban planning. This framework was used in an empirical analysis of planning for the redevelopment of three station areas.

Transformation of built cultural heritage

Cities are increasingly confronted with industrial sites and buildings that lost their former use due to technological, economic or social developments. Despite the consensus among governments, private parties, interest groups and citizens on the benefits of re-using built cultural heritage many conflicts arise during the planning and development stages. This study searches for new methods and ideas to embed cultural heritage in urban redevelopment projects. The research aims to increase the insight in the opportunities, chances and threats of balancing costs and benefits, actor involvement and establishing project coalitions in cultural heritage projects.

Other research topics include: Public-Private Partnerships; Area Development; Process Management.


Teaching activities

Course Processmanagement (CME/CEM)

Course B3-project (Civil Engineering)

Coaching and supervising final thesis projects


PhD thesis

Smit, M. (2010). Safeguarding public interests in urban planning: A study on the impact of public-private partnerships on the public interest. University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. PhD thesis (in Dutch).

Academic publications and conference proceedings


Smit, M., Baarveld, M.Y. and Dewulf, G.P.M.R. (2014). Value Capture and Value Creation in Urban Redevelopment: the case of Built Industrial Heritage. AESOP Annual Congress, From Control to Co-Evolution. 9-12 July 2014, in Utrecht/Delft

Baarveld, M.B., Smit, M. and G.P.M.R. Dewulf (2013), Planning and Commitment in cultural heritage projects. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development Vol. 3 No. 2, 2013 pp. 163-174, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Baarveld, M.Y., Smit, M. & G.P.M.R. Dewulf (2012). Barriers and drivers in collaborative planning projects: a comparative study of transformation projects with cultural heritage in the Netherlands. AESOP 26th Annual Congress 11-15 July 2012, METU, Ankara, Turkey

Baarveld, M.Y. & M. Smit (2011). Cultural Heritage in urban development projects: a framework to analyse collaborative strategies. Proceedings of the international Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable, 19 – 23 June 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Smit, M., Dewulf, G.P.M.R. (2010). Public interest performance of public private partnerships. In: conference proceedings 6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 9 – 11June 2010, Pennsylvania State University, State College, US


Smit, M., Dewulf, G. P. M. R. & Bult-Spiering, W. D. (2006). Public interest performance of public-private partnerships in urban development. In Book of papers 13th Annual European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference 2006, 7-10 June 2006, Weimar, Germany. Weimar, Germany.


Smit, M., Dewulf, G.P.M.R. (2002), Public sector involvement: A comparison between the role of the government in Private Finance Initiatives(PFI) and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in spatial development projects, in: Public and Private Sector Partnerships: Exploring Co-operation, Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, p. 451-463 [ISBN 0863399797]


Professional publications

Smit, M., Baarveld, M.Y. & G.P.M.R. Dewulf (2013), Balancing costs and benefits in cultural heritage projects. In: S. van Dommelen and C-J. Pen, Estimating the value of cultural heritage. Platform 31, University of Twente, VU University Amsterdam (in Dutch)

Bult-Spiering, W. D., Dewulf, G. P. M. R. & Smit, M. (2006). Joint ventures. In W.D Bult-Spiering & G.P.M.R. Dewulf (Eds.), Strategic Issues in Public-Private Partnerships: An international perspective (pp. 134-157). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. [ISBN 14-051-3475-5].


Smit, M., Dewulf, G.P.M.R. (2003), Publiek-private Samenwerking: Een noodzakelijk kwaad? Openbaar bestuur, nummer 2 februari 2003, p. 12-15. [ISSN 0925-7322]


Smit, M. (2003), Publiek-private Samenwerking: borgen van het publiek belang? In: Publiek-private Samenwerking: rijksoverheid in debat met wetenschappers, p. 31-33, Eburon Delft, [ISBN 90 5972 010 5]


Smit, M., Dewulf, G.P.M.R. & Bult-Spiering, W.D. (2002). De publieke visie op PPS. Rapportage resultaten enquête & workshop. Enschede: P3BI / UT, 32 pp. [ISBN 90-365-1768-0]