Dr. Lasse Gerrits

Public Administration and Urban Planning


About Lasse

Dr. Lasse Gerrits studied Public Administration and Urban Planning at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). After his graduation in 2003, he worked as a researcher at TNO Built Environment and Geosciences whilst working on his Ph.D. thesis on the management of fragile ecosystems simultaneously. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 and was appointed as assistant-professor (2008 – 2011) and associate-professor (2011 – 2014) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam before being appointed as full professor in Political Science at the Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany. In Bamberg, he was the first holder of the chair for the Governance of Innovative and Complex Technological System.

Various research projects were funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the German Science Foundation or commissioned by third parties. He is a regular advisor to municipal planning authorities and other government agencies. He was awarded an NWO Veni-grant in 2010 and the "Arthur" award for best teacher in Public Administration in 2012. In 2018, he successfully defended his second PhD thesis.

At IHS, Lasse Gerrits is focused on the PhD program, student supervision, and the development of IHS's scientific portfolio.

Research interests: social scientific research methods, complexity sciences, systems theories, urban planning and development, governance, railway systems, infrastructure development, qualitative research methods, qualitative comparative analysis, network analysis, system modelling, socio-technological evolution.

Recent publications

  • How migrants manifest their transnational identity through online social networks: comparative findings from a case of Koreans in Germany.

    Park, S. (2021)
    Comparative Migration Studies 9(10). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-020-00218-w
  • Soul of a New Machine: Self-learning Algorithms in Public Administration.

    Gerrits, L.
    Information Polity. DOI 10.3233/IP-200224
  • Dissipative structures and the relation between individual and collective aspects of social behavior.

    Weber, T., Louçã, J. & Gerrits, L. (2021).
    Systems Research and Behavioral Science. DOI: 10.1002/sres.2777
  • Social and causal complexity in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): strategies to account for emergence.

    Gerrits, L. & Pagliarin, S. (2020).
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1799636
  • Trajectory-based Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Accounting for case-based time dynamics.

    Pagliarin, S. & Gerrits, L. (2020).
    Methodological Innovations, 13(3): DOI: 10.1177/2059799120959170
  • UN-CODE: Software for Structuring and Visualizing Collective Decision-Making Based on Qualitative Data.

    Stieg, J., Marks, P., Gerrits, L. (2019).
    Journal of Open Research Software, 7(1), p.25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jors.246
  • On the road to electrification – A qualitative comparative analysis of urban e-mobility policies in 15 European cities.

    Held, T. & Gerrits, L. (2019).
    Transport Policy. 81, 12-23 online first https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.05.014
  • Constructing cases and conditions in QCA – lessons from grounded theory.

    Jopke, N. & Gerrits, L. (2019).
    International Journal of Social Research Methodology, online first https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2019.1625236


About IHS

Institute of Housing and Urban Development

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is an education, advisory and research institute which falls under the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Erasmus School of Economics. For 60 years, it has been our mission to develop human and institutional capacities, to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.

Looking at cities from different perspectives, we educate urban professionals with diverse backgrounds, consult national and local governments from the Global South and engage in cutting-edge urban research. Bringing practical experience from real-life projects back to the classroom, we inspire collaboration and co-creation of urban knowledge. Together with our partners we work at the forefront of urban development to improve the wellbeing of people living in cities. IHS is about making cities work. 

Our network of alumni includes over 9000 active urban experts all over the world, ranging from architects, social scientists, economists, to public administration workers, civil servants, and government officials.

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from scholarship organisations.

Research at IHS

The IHS PhD programme provides a refreshing academic-to-practice environment in which talented individuals can develop their ideas and broaden their experience to become the leading professionals in research, education and practice of urban development. IHS guarantees a productive working environment and offers a flexible programme with a variety of modalities and research possibilities. This PhD programme brings together professionals from all over the world, supporting their research in a variety of topics. Below, you can see an overview of our six main research clusters: 

Research interests

Keywords that relate to my research:

  • social scientific research methods,
  • complexity sciences,
  • systems theories,
  • urban planning and development,
  • governance,
  • railway systems,
  • infrastructure development,
  • qualitative research methods,
  • qualitative comparative analysis,
  • network analysis,
  • system modeling,
  • socio-technological evolution.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is an internationally respected, innovative and vibrant university that is driven to make an active contribution to society. We integrate high-quality academic research into our challenging and inspiring research programs, Bachelor, Master, PhD and executive programs. Helping students and staff develop into critical-minded world citizens is central to our vision. Our research and education stimulates to think further than assumptions: to explore other perspectives, search for new solutions and discover different insights.


Internationalization is one of the major forces spearheading Erasmus University Rotterdam’s continual drive towards excellence. This is reflected in the number of international staff-members, and English-taught, accredited degree programs that attract more and more international students and researchers each year, and also in the increasing number of joint educational and research programs with prominent international partner universities.

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