Jeroen Wolbers is Assistant Professor of Crisis Governance at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University. His position is affiliated to the Crisis Research Center (CRC), which was founded in 1989, and is one of the oldest crisis researcher centers in Europe. His expertise lies in fast-response organizing on the topics of coordination, sensemaking, and decision-making, with a special focus on crisis management. His work is published in leading organization and crisis management journals.
In his PhD thesis Jeroen studied coordination processes between emergency services on disaster sites. His thesis was selected for the top 3 dissertations worldwide in management science with the Grigor McClelland Award 2017, and he was awarded with the VU Faculty of Social Science Dissertation Award. Previously Jeroen was a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO project on Smart Disaster Governance at the VU University, where he performed fieldwork during the response to the Nepal Earthquakes in 2015, the refugee crisis in Europe, and multiple disaster exercises throughout the Netherlands. In 2018, Jeroen received a 4-year Veni grant from NWO to study command tactics of police and fire officers in-action, entitled: ‘When duty calls: confronting fragmentation in crisis management’.