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Irna van der Molen

Irna van der Molen


Irna van der Molen (1969) is coordinator of the Centre for Risk management, Safety and Security at the University of Twente. She is interested in risk management, safety and security at regional, national and international level. She holds an MA degree in Public Administration, an MSc in Risk Management (Cum Laude), and a PhD in Water Resource management.

Prior to her current position, between 1993 and 1996, she worked for IDEM Consult on Institutional Development and Environmental Management. From 1996-1997, she worked for Geoplan International, Amsterdam. As such, she participated in studies for clients, such as the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment; the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment; and the ‘Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit’ (GTZ, Germany). In 1997, she joined the Technology and Sustainable Development Group as PhD candidate and in 2001 her position at the University of Twente changed to Assistant Professor.

She conducted research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the USA and paid visits to India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, and has been responsible as project leader for several international projects in the Middle-East. In 2006, she completed the ‘Training of Experts in Rapid Assistance and Co-operation for Conflict Prevention Operations, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation’ (REACT), in Madrid, Spain.

She regularly combines her work at the University of Twente with other universities or organizations. At present, she combines her work as Coordinator for the Centre for Risk Management, Safety and Security with a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration (both University of Twente) and as UT-liaison at Twente Safety & Security, under the umbrella of the Twente Safety Region. She is one of the founders of ReliefBase31.

She was actively involved in various activities, networks and meetings at local, regional and national level that contributed to the development of an ecosystem around drones in Twente (Space53). One of the examples is the project 'Responsible Design of Drones and Drone Services', funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) co-funded by Clear FLight Solutions and UAV International.

She is the supervisor/contact person of the Living smart campus project – To Responsibly Fast-Forward – How (not) to ‘Try First and Ask for Forgiveness Later’. Investigation into a Design for Responsible Experimentation within a Living Smart Campus, by Michiel Heldeweg. See:!/2017/6/20987/ruimte-scheppen-in-regelgeving


Research and analysisCommitment to qualitySocial responsibilityEntrepreneurialCollaborationAmbitiousInnovativeInternational orientationHigh Tech, Human Touch


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