Saskia Ruijsink has a background in the field of urban planning and urban development. She has a Masters degree (2005) in Urban Planning (magna cum laude), obtained at the Post Graduate Institute for Human Settlements (Leuven, Belgium) and she studied the MSc programme Technology and Society at the Technical University in Eindhoven (2004).
She joined the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in 2007, where she works on and manages training and advisory work in fields of participation, urban and regional planning and development. In 2009-2010 she was based for four months in the Global Land Tool Network secretariat at UN-HABITAT in Nairobi, Kenya for an assignment on gender responsive land management and participatory enumeration.
Saskia has participated in international workshops and has research and working experience in The Netherlands, Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Bolivia, Brazil, the United States, Canada and China.
Before entering IHS, Saskia worked as a consultant in the Netherlands. She worked in teams on development plans for urban areas, housing needs assessment, coaching of civil society organizations and organizing interactive workshops and conferences contracted by (local) governments and social housing agencies in a variety of cities and regions.
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