Maarten Davelaar is a co-founder of and researcher at the Community of Practice on Mixed Housing. He has extensive (international) experience in the field of participation and empowerment of vulnerable citizens, homelessness, innovative housing concepts, community building and the social role of private initiatives (inspired by belief-systems).

Maarten has been working as an independent researcher with knowledge institutes, social organisations, client platforms and governments since 2014. He is a developer of the PAja!-methodology, a participatory research and testing method in the social domain. Prior to this he was a researcher at the Verwey-Jonker Institute for 13 years. He has also been a supporter of (volunteer) projects in Rotterdam intended for people on the fringes of society.

Fields of expertise

  • Housing, shelter and welfare
  • Participative (action) research
  • Policy evaluations


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Maarten Davelaar | Researcher | Innovative Social Services

Maarten Davelaar

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Innovative Social Services