About me

My research interest is in crisis management, disaster studies, and safety and security.

I am project leader of AREA, the Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration in which I work together with practitioners on crisis management. I am the coordinator of the project ‘Enhancing smart disaster governance: Assessing the potential of the net-centric approach’, funded by NWO (, and co-funded by Dutch Safety Regions, the Netherlands Institute for Physical Safety and by Oxfam-Novib and Cordaid. I am board member of the ISCRAM (Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) association.

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Boersma, F.K., J. Ferguson, P. Groenewegen and J.J. Wolbers (2021). The dynamics of power in disaster response networks, Risk, Hazards & Crisis, in Public Policy, accepted for publication.

Boersma, F.K. and R. Larruina (2021). Restoring the medical supply chain from below. The role of social entrepreneurship in the production of Face Masks during the COVID-19 crisis. ISCRAM Conference proceedings.

Boersma, K., Martelli, C., Bruinen de Bruin, Y., Vetere Arellano, A.L., Claassen, L., Pickl, S. (2020). ‘Communicating risk among all’, in: Casajus Valles, A., Marin Ferrer, M., Poljanšek, K., Clark, I. (eds.), Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow, EUR 30183 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, JRC114026: 527-531.

Boersma, F.K. and J.J. Wolbers (2021). ‘Institutional design for transboundary Crisis Management’, Oxford: Oxford Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis, Oxford University Press.

Van Esch, S., M. van den Homberg, F.K. Boersma (2021). Looking Beyond the Data: an Assessment of the Emerging Data Ecosystem of Nepal’s Flood Early Warning Systems. ISCRAM Conference proceedings.

Wolbers, J.J., F.K. Boersma, P. Groenewegen, M. Scott Poole (2021). ‘Mitigating the Collapse of Sensemaking.’ The Role of Temporality and Coordination in Extreme Contexts, EGOS Colloquium Amsterdam.

Zuiderwijk, D., F.K. Boersma, P. Groenewegen (2021). ‘Governing complexity in complex temporary organizations Sub-theme 46: Multi-level Approaches to Temporary Inter-organizing’. Multi-level Approaches to Temporary Inter-organizing. EGOS Colloquium Amsterdam.

Bierens, S., F.K. Boersma and M. van den Homberg (2020). The Legitimacy, Accountability, and Ownership of an Impact-Based Forecasting Model in Disaster Governance. Politics and Governance, 8(4): 445-455.

Boersma, F.K. et al. (2020). Recommendations for governance and policies in the n-COV-2019 responseDeliverable 1.1 of the EU H2020-SC1-PHE-CORONA-VIRUS-2020 Grant: HERoS: Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems.

Hilhorst, D., F.K. Boersma and E. Raju (2020). Research on Politics of Disaster Risk Governance: Where Are We Headed? Politics and Governance, 8(4): 214-219.

Van den Ende, L., R. van Steden and F.K. Boersma (2020). Fuel to the fire? The sensemaking of volunteer firefighters and public managers in the context of public reform, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 33(2): 229-252.

Boersma, F.K., J. Ferguson, P. Groenewegen, F. Mulder, A. Schmidt and J.J. Wolbers (2019). ‘Platform Governance of Self-Organized Initiatives in Response to Disasters’, in: Koppenjan, J., P.M. Karré and K. Termeer (Eds.). Smart Hybridity. Potentials and Challenges of New Governance Arrangements. Boom, pp. 29-40.

Boersma, F.K., A. Kraiukhina, R. Larruina, Z. Lehota and O. Nury (2019). A port in a storm: Spontaneous volunteering and grassroots movements in Amsterdam. A resilient approach to the (European) refugee crisis. Social Policy and Administration, 53(5)728-742.

Hendriks, T. and F.K. Boersma (2019). Bringing the State back in to Humanitarian Crises Response: Disaster Governance and Challenging Collaborations in the 2015 Malawi Flood Response, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 40: 101262.

Larruina, R., F.K. Boersma and E. Ponzoni (2019). Responding to the Dutch Refugee Crisis: Implications for Collaborative Work Between Civil Society and Governmental Organizations, Social Inclusion, 7(2): 53-63.

Radianti, J., I. Dokas, F.K. Boersma, N. Saad Noori, N. Belbachir and S. Stieglitz (2019). Enhancing Disaster Response for Hazardous Materials Using Emerging Technologies: The Role of AI and a Research Agenda.Engineering Applications of Neural Networks, 368-376.

Treurniet, W., F.K. Boersma, P. Groenewegen (2019). Configuring emergency response networks. International Journal of Emergency Management, 15(4): 316-333.

Van Trijp, J., F.K. Boersma and P. Groenewegen (2019). Organizational Resilience and the Relationship with Six Major Crisis Types for Dutch Safety Regions. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, 10(3): 360-381.

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