Maartje van Eerd Dr., MA, PhD (IHS)
I am a Human Geographer by profession with extensive experience as researcher, trainer and advisor on housing and social development issues. My research relates to resettlement projects, forced evictions, acquisition, expropriation and compensation, and the role of NGOs and CBOs in developing alternatives to forced evictions. I conducted field research in a resettlement project of the urban poor in Chennai, India, where I analysed local initiatives, and government and NGO policies and programmes. Over the years, I have developed, coordinated and facilitated accredited courses on housing rights, forced evictions and alternatives for NGOs, CBOs and local government globally (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe). I also organised training courses on gender and tenure security for local NGOs in East Africa, and several trainings on alternatives to forced evictions and resettlement (Nigeria and Kenya). I was a member of the National Advisory Board (NAB) in Nigeria that advocated towards secure tenure in Nigeria and promotes access to land and affordable housing. I have a keen interest in informal settlements, adaptive and pro-active approaches to slums. Given the fast pace of change, I feel we need to critically revisit some of our research methodologies, a subject that has my warm interest.