Maarten Keesman MSc (1992) is a researcher in the field of urban planning, port geography and governance. In 2015 Maarten studied the settlement climate for innovative port-related start-ups in Rotterdam. The study was based on more than 20 in-depth interviews with start-ups, policy makers and researchers. Currently Maarten is working for the port & maritime cluster of the municipality of Rotterdam. Maarten’s main interest is in monitoring the port-city innovation ecosystem in Rotterdam and finding several suitable roles for the municipality in this ecosystem.
Patrick A. Witte (1988) is Assistant Professor at the department of Human Geography and Planning. In 2012, he was awarded the first prize for best PhD poster on seaport research during the first Erasmus Smart Port conference in Rotterdam. In 2014 he graduated on his doctoral research on the integrated development of European transport corridors. His specialties are spatial planning, multi-level governance, evolutionary economic geography, transport geography, infrastructure planning and corridor development