Tim Busscher

Tim Busscher
University of Groningen | RUG · Urban and Regional Studies Institute

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The public sector is increasingly collaborating with the private sector in the development of large-scale public infrastructure projects. However, the difficulties arising due to working across organizational boundaries are often detrimental to project performance. This article argues that boundary-spanning activities can enhance the quality of col...
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Actors' toolset to affect institutional change by doing institutional design is limited because criteria for effective institutional design are often too general and abstract. This paper aims to identify institutional design strategies and explore how they influence institutional change. The theoretical framework builds on Ostrom's Institutional An...
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Vanuit Rijkswaterstaat is de vraag gesteld aan de Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen om onderzoek te doen naar projectcomplexiteit, projectmanagement en de relatie tussen beiden. Specifiek geeft het voorliggende rapport antwoord op de volgende vraag: wat maakt de projecten van Rijkswaterstaat ingewikkeld of compl...
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To prepare for the impacts of climate change, many Asian cities aim to become climate resilient. This calls for innovative, integrative, inclusive, and transformative planning approaches. Although design is advocated as a means to develop such approaches, it remains unclear what a design-led planning approach actually entails. This paper explores t...
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The future of urban-regional transport crucially depends on the ability of transport governance systems to adapt. Polycentric theory claims that the presence of polycentric attributes and conditions enables governance systems to learn and adapt. However, an analysis of the Dutch Brabant Accessibility Agenda shows that their presence says little abo...
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With the aim to successfully implement infrastructure, implementation arrangements increasingly assign responsibilities for network management to private actors. In the literature, two types of network management strategies are distinguished: process design and institutional design. To date, research has focused on either of these strategies. Moreo...
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Policy design has returned as a central topic in public policy research. An important area of policy design study deals with effectively attaining desired policy outcomes by aligning goals and means to achieve policy design fit. So far, only a few empirical studies have explored the relationship between policy design fit and effectiveness. In this...
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Open Access available through: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2021.08.002 Offshore wind farms (OWF) are considered important for a timely energy transition. However, offshore space is governed by sector-specific institutional frameworks representing various and sometimes conflicting interests. Therefore, institutional change towards improved coop...
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Projects for road infrastructure and spatial development easily meet public resistance because of a lack of local knowledge of place values by (often non‐local) planners. The aim of this study is to explore how insights in place values might improve the local knowledge base for planners of integrated road infrastructure projects and spatial develop...
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Central to integrated flood risk management is the integration of water management with spatial planning. Existing studies often focus on analyzing the policy instruments in the initiation and planning phases of integrated flood risk management. Little is known, however, about the policy instrument mixes that enable implementation of integrated flo...
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Governments have widely established policy goals, which span the domains of land use and transport. Despite these integrated ambitions, government action often remains fragmented. This study adopts an instrumental perspective to encourage land-use and transport integration (LUTI). So far, the existing literature on this subject has adopted a single...
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The Water as Leverage Resilient Cities Asia program introduced a transformative process to explore, design and implement inclusive, integrated and holistic climate solutions for three cities in Asia. Focusing on the city of Semarang, Indonesia, this chapter aims to assess whether, and if so, how the program has been able to build resilience capacit...
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Cities in Southeast Asia face various institutional barriers to cope with climate and water-related challenges. Several international programs for urban flood resilience therefore stress the importance of local institutional capacity building in initiating and delivering flood adaptation solutions. However, research to provide insights and recommen...
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Contemporary infrastructure networks require large investments especially due to aging. Investment opportunities of network-of-networks are often obscured because current scenarios often concern single infrastructure networks. Major barriers to the construction and use of network-of-networks scenarios are institutional fragmentation and the disconn...
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De Nederlandse infrastructuur verkeert in goede staat, maar om dit niveau te handhaven moet worden geïnvesteerd. Zo zijn bruggen, tunnels en viaducten technisch verouderd, wil Nederland van zijn gasinfrastructuur af én de energie-infrastructuur vergroenen. Daarnaast vereist het spoor investeringen in wissels, spoorbruggen en beveiligingssystemen, w...
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Paper is available for free until 7 May via https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1alc9,714McrPV Governments are searching for institutional designs that enable coordination of sea-uses in a more systematic and integrated manner. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is presented as such an approach for improved coordination. However, existing literature is incr...
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Om de kwalitatief goede staat van de Nederlandse infrastructuur te handhaven zijn slimme investeringen noodzakelijk. Dat vraagt inzicht in de omstandigheden waaronder de infrastructuur in de toekomst moet kunnen functioneren – denk aan nieuwe technologische mogelijkheden, veranderende maatschappelijke wensen en onzekere klimatologische factoren. In...
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De Nederlandse infrastructuur verkeert in goede staat, maar om dit niveau te handhaven moet worden geïnvesteerd. Zo zijn bruggen, tunnels en viaducten technisch verouderd, wil Nederland van zijn gasinfrastructuur af en tegelijk de energie-infrastructuur vergroenen, vereist het spoor investeringen in wissels, spoorbruggen en beveiligingssystemen, wo...
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In many Western countries, flood policy is transitioning from a focus on technical flood defence measures towards more holistic and integrated flood risk management approaches. In this article, we explore the boundary spanning role of landscape architects in integrated flood risk management projects. The central research question is: what are the b...
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In response to extreme flood events and an increasing awareness that traditional flood control measures alone are inadequate to deal with growing flood risks, spatial flood risk management strategies have been introduced. These strategies do not only aim to reduce the probability and consequences of floods, they also aim to improve local and region...
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Although the urgency for climate proofing waterway assets grows, to date, little is known about the organizational learning process of infrastructure operators to address this urgency. Climate proofing infrastructure increasingly requires infrastructure operators to rethink the original aims of their networks (such as bringing prosperity by enablin...
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Nu de Merwedebrug ontsnapt is aan een ramp, is er aandacht voor infrastructuur. Maar op het ministerie ontbreekt overzicht, aldus Tim Busscher en Stefan Verweij.
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Modern waterway networks are ageing and need to be renewed, yet the institutional context in the waterway sector is averse to change because of path dependencies. Waterway renewal requires actors to navigate between institutional reproduction and change. Applying an innovative framework for analysing institutions in a case study of the Dutch nation...
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This paper develops an analytical approach to explore institutional barriers to spatial integration between renewable energy (RE) and other land use functions and provides insight into opportunities for institutional harmonization between involved policy domains. Spatial integration of RE with other land use functions provides opportunities to use...
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Learning is essential in allowing policies and programmes to become adaptive to uncertain and changing circumstances. In this article, we use the case of the Dutch National Collaboration Programme on Air Quality (in Dutch: Nationaal Samenwerkingsprogramma Luchtkwaliteit (NSL)) to argue that the organisation of learning processes influences the exte...
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Water authorities in Western countries are increasingly confronted with waterway renewal. Ageing waterway infrastructures put the reliability of the existing network under pressure. Similarly, they open up the need to anticipate long-term uncertainties to ensure network performance. Aligning organizational practices to this new context can be consi...
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De Nederlandse infrastructuur is van hoge kwaliteit en betrouwbaar, maar wel verouderd. In zijn recent verschenen rapport 'Van B naar Anders: Investeren in Mobiliteit voor de Toekomst' voorspelt de Raad voor de Leefomgeving en Infrastructuur (RLI) dat de kosten voor onderhoud zullen en moeten toenemen. Dat kan neerkomen op 350 miljard euro extra de...
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Since modern waterway networks are increasingly confronted with ageing assets, waterway renewal will increase in importance for western countries. Renewal can be regarded an impetus for realising integrated waterway networks that internalise externalities, which entails broad stakeholder involvement. This can be coordinated through different inter-...
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Na tien jaar nadert het programma Ruimte voor de Rivier de eindstreep. De resultaten zijn ernaar: het rivierengebied is zeker veiliger gemaakt voor de gevolgen van de klimaatverandering. Onderzoekers van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen analyseerden wat er terecht is gekomen van de tweede belangrijke doelstelling van het programma: het versterken van...
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De dubbeldoelstelling, de perspectiefverandering van waterveiligheid als lijnopgave naar waterveiligheid als gebiedsopgave, de meerlaagse programmaopzet en de nauwe betrokkenheid van bestuurders; deze aspecten maken Ruimte voor de Rivier tot een bijzonder en innovatief programma. Nu de afronding van het programma nadert, komt ook het moment om teru...
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De gezamenlijk door Rijkswaterstaat en haar partners ontwikkelde Marktvisie nodigt uit tot een kritische beschouwing van DBFM-contracten (Rijkswaterstaat 2015). Lange tijd hebben Rijkswaterstaat en de markt zich vooral gericht op kostenoptimalisatie. Daardoor lag er veel nadruk op Publiek-Private Samenwerking (PPS) aan de hand van DBFM-contracten....
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Western countries are increasingly confronted with redeveloping transportation infrastructure systems. From a Large Technical System (LTS) perspective, this marks a new phase for infrastructure systems and according new policies. This article, on the one hand, reflects on the development of infrastructure policies and, on the other hand, explores n...
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Road infrastructure planning is undergoing major changes. Infrastructure development is increasingly considered in relation to environmental degradation, climatic impacts and societal trends. Reinforced by the notion of sustainable development, infrastructure planning is increasingly focused on the realization of integrated planning goals. In plann...
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Transport and land use planning are in a state of flux. Projects face increased technical, social, financial, political and legal complexities while the conventional project planning approach is struggling to deal with these complexities. As a result, many projects fail to be completed in time and on budget. To deal with this issue, alternative pla...
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Developing new road infrastructure can be problematic in the face of environmental quality ambitions. These conflicts can even undermine the development of such new infrastructure, as occurred, for example, in the Netherlands in the mid-2000s as a result of European Union air quality standards. To govern the conflict between transport policies and...
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The body of knowledge on transport and land use planning shows considerable overlap with management theories and practices. Notable examples can be found in project management and strategic management. Recently, in the field of management theory, the idea of programme management has gained prominence in response to the need to coordinate on a tacti...
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Research shows that air pollution poses a considerable threat to human health. In the Netherlands, however, air quality issues were especially a hot topic because air quality regulations hampered the provision of new infrastructure. In this paper we focus on the dilemma between infrastructure development and air quality regulations in order to gain...

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The central question of this research project is: what can we learn from the theory about and practice of program management and how can Rijkswaterstaat use that to improve its program management practices?
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This research project investigates the complexity of projects and programs implemented by Rijkswaterstaat: how is the complexity perceived, what are the sources of complexity, and how can the complexity be managed?
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Infrastructure agencies are increasingly aware of the challenges that socio-technical transitions pose to their infrastructure systems and they have started to interact more strategically with various stakeholders in infrastructure planning processes. However, these more open forms of strategic planning, labelled as ‘open strategizing’, remain exceptions rather than the rule. The legacy of institutionalized sector-focused planning processes and the need of bringing together multiple internal and external interests create organizational and institutional tensions and dilemmas that constrain cross-sectoral strategy forming. In practice, infrastructure agencies experience difficulties synchronizing their infrastructure plans to facilitate transitions. The research project “Open Strategizing for Infrastructures in Transition” (PRONTO) addresses these difficulties by answering the following research question: What practices of open strategizing are enacted in planning processes for infrastructure in transitions to achieve coordinated cross-sectoral infrastructure strategies, and what governance and modeling approaches support these practices? By adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and integrating governance and modeling dimension of planning processes, PRONTO provides unique insights in the pluralistic planning realities of infrastructure agencies and generates a rich and nuanced understanding on how processes of long-term infrastructure strategizing can be opened up to achieve a more cross-sectoral planning coordination. The research outcomes of PRONTO feed into the development of specifictraining modules and a serious game which both will facilitate learning for open strategizing of infrastructure professionals and the next generation of infrastructure planners.