PhD Student (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Eefje is a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney in the field of humanitarian assistance. She is currently a PhD candidate and Lecturer at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Avans University of Applied Scienceis in the Netherlands where her research is being supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. She has initiated classes related to her PhD topic, including a new multi-disciplinary minor program Disruptive Events - challenge or crisis, the graduation studio Borderless Engineering, and internships for bachelor and master students. At the Eindhoven University of Technology, she is a member of the daily board of Technology for Global Development.
Eefje holds two cum laude master's degrees: Architecture and Building Technology, with a focus on the development of community shelter in Haiti. In her PhD research she focuses on effective knowledge exchange to support safer self-recovery after disasters. Her most recent field study (2018) was a knowledge assessment on hazard-resistant construction principles in post-earthquake Nepal, guiding a team of volunteers, students and translators. She has conducted fieldwork on post-typhoon in the Philippines, post-hurricane reconstruction in Nicaragua, and post-flood shelter tests in Senegal as part of the community shelter and water tower development for Speedkits, as well as urban slum integration projects in Argentina. She has worked in partnership with NGO’s, such as the CRS, Cordaid, IFRC, MSF, Habitat for Humanity, EWB, Stichting Samenscholen, Bambu Social.