Staff at the Institute of Sociology

Eline Punt ,M.Sc.

Research assistant I PhD student

Working area(s)

Urban Sociology and Sociology of Space, Research Training Group KRITIS


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  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Urban Resilience
  • Seaports
  • Risk Governance
  • Urban Governance

Seaports as nested infrastructure systems: Governing risks at the Port of Rotterdam (working title)

Among the key sites of societal vulnerability are seaports, which are nodes that have become highly critical for modern society. They represent the major nodes of material exchanges at global, regional, and national scale, while also embedded in local and regional areas. At the same time, those critical infrastructures have emerged as a place of insecurity given their vulnerability to systemic, complex human-induced and technical risks and their dependency on the smooth operation of multiple interconnected infrastructure systems that sustain their functioning. This PhD project analyses the way governance of systematic risks is coordinated between institutions in complex institutional arrangements in the Port of Rotterdam, one of the largest ports worldwide, supplying a European hinterland with 40 million users. Specifically, the aim of this research is to understand how seaports are and should be more effectively governed to prepare for, prevent, mitigate and manage infrastructure failures due to complex risks. analyse how preparedness, prevention and protection measures are determined and coordinated in complex institutional arrangements in the Port of Rotterdam to govern (and protect) critical infrastructure from systematic risks. As a result, this PhD project contributes to academic discourse on complex governance arrangements and on the resilience of interdependent infrastructure systems.

Professional Experiences
since 09/2019 Research Associate at Research Training Group KRITIS, TU Darmstadt
09/2018 – 01/2019 Research Assistant at University of New South Wales, Faculty of Build Environment, Prof. C. Pettit
09/2017 – 06/2019 Student Assistant at Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences, Prof. S.C.M Geertman
Academic Education
09/2017 – 07/2019 Research master in Human Geography and Planning: Urban and Economic Geography, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
09/2014 – 08/2017 Bachelor Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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2021 Punt, E.P., Monstadt, J., Frank, S., & Witte, P.A. (2021), Beyond the dikes: an institutional perspective on governing flood resilience at the Port of Rotterdam. IAME 2021 Conference 'Accelerating Transitions', Rotterdam (the Netherlands), November 25-27, 2021.
Punt, E.P., Monstadt, J., Frank, S., & Witte, P.A. (2021), Digital Transformation: Rethinking the Governance of Cyber Risks at the Port of Rotterdam. KRITIS-Conference 'Transformations of Infrastructure Systems', Darmstadt (Germany), November 4-5, 2021 (online).
Punt, E.P., Monstadt, J., Frank, S., & Witte, P.A. (2021), Rethinking the Governance of Cyber Risks at the Port of Rotterdam. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructures. September 17, 2021 (online).
Punt, E.P., Monstadt, J., Frank, S., & Witte, P.A. (2021), Enhancing Flood Resilience of Critical Infrastructure Systems: Lessons from the Port of Rotterdam. SIGA2 2021 Conference Maritime & Ports, Antwerp (Belgium), May 5-7, 2021 (online).
2020 Punt, E.P., Afrooz, A.E., Pettit, C.J. (2020), Precinct Scale Living Laboratories: Case Study of Randwick Living Lab. 5th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities, Nice (France), September 30 – October 2, 2020 (online).
2019 Punt, E.P., Geertman, S.C.M., Afrooz, A.E., Witte, P.A., Pettit, C.J. (2019), Assessing Planning Support Systems in Decision-Making: City Analytics Lab. International Society of Participatory Planning Conference, Espoo (Finland), June 17-19, 2019.
2018 Punt, E.P., Geertman, S.C.M., Witte, P.A. (2018), Evaluating Smart Governance practices in the Netherlands. III International Conference on Urban e-planning, Lisbon (Portugal), April 3-4, 2018.