Prof. Dr. Walter Timo de Vrieshas a geodetic engineering (MSc) degree from Technical University Delft and PhD degree in public administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main expertise is in public information management and land administration. He has worked in a number of international projects in Asia, Africa and South America, often dealing with land information, land reform, geospatial data infrastructures, education and capacity development. He has been long-term team leader in projects in Namibia, Rwanda and Vietnam.
His work experience has been primarily in and for developing countries, usually in collaboration with national land agencies and universities. In 1989 he contributed to a land reclamation project in Indonesia and moved to Geneva in 1992 where he continued working for UNITAR. In 1994 he joined ITC (International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation), which later became a department of the University of Twente. His research work at this institute focused on geo-information in socio-organizational contexts and land information infrastructures. He has coordinated various educational programs related to land administration. He is senior editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).
His research addresses cooperation and coordination needed to align geoICT and information services within the public sector. This includes capacity development and (re-)organizing of cadastres and land registers. His research focuses on responsible and smart land (information) management and administration, using socio-technical and organizational methods.