Jeroen Mens (1975) studied Architectural Design and Engineering (specialisation Architecture) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After working in business for a number of years, he made the switch to education and later to research.
Jeroen began as a lecturer of Architecture and Construction Engineering at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in 2006, and later transferred to Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. In addition to teaching - in the broadest sense of the word - he has always been involved in educational development and innovation, as is evident, for example, from his roles as a member of the curriculum committee and as graduation coordinator of the Architecture and Construction Engineering study programme.
Jeroen has been a researcher for the Research Group Building Future Cities since 2015. In 2017, he began writing his dissertation in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, under the title: “Bottom-up Urban Area Development: new opportunities for co-creating future cities?” This study focuses on gaining insight into factors that determine both the progress and stagnation of bottom-up area development processes and on identifying the (future) potential of bottom-up initiatives.
Fields of expertise
- Area development
- Assessing the multi-layered value of urban development policy The case of developing a ‘creative’ and ‘circular’ district in the city of Utrecht
- A typology of social entrepreneurs in bottom-up urban development
- Exploring the drivers and barriers of bottom-up urban development projects