Ronald E. Waterman, PhD. MSc. studied chemical engineering, environmental engineering and civil engineering at Delft University of Technology. His life is dedicated to finding answers to the question how can we develop well-balanced and integrated solutions in the fields of space, economy and environment to existing and future challenges as regards (1) sustainable coastal and delta zone development based on the principle of Building with Nature®, and (2) the sustainable use, adaptation and management of inland waterways and their waterfronts for safety, navigability, economy, employment and liveability based on Aquapuncture©.
Maurice Jansen, MSc. studied Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was born, raised and educated with the port of Rotterdam in his backyard. Over almost two decades he dedicated his career on ports, transportation and logistics, working as a consultant at a non-asset based supply chain management company and later as the pioneering head of department of the Netherlands Maritime University at STC-Group. At present Maurice is engaged in higher education and research in particular on port strategy and port development. With his research project ‘Building ports with partnerships’ he seeks answers to the question how knowledge transfer mechanisms can foster inclusive public-private port partnerships.
80% of the world’s largest populated centres are found in vulnerable, densely populated coastal and deltaic areas. 20% are situated inland but most of them, like the aforementioned 80%, have a relation with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. Within this context, this article focusses on worldwide port-city development via Aquapuncture©. This specific integral approach explains how to create shared value for all involved stakeholders. This article will shed light on this integral approach and how business and society can unlock shared value on the basis of port-city relationships. The authors stress the need to consider port-city development – both in terms of port, city and water infrastructure - from an integral perspective. The research question is how port-cities can unlock and create shared value from the unique relationship with their waterways and waterfronts.