Biographies of Dorien J. DeTombe

Curriculum Vitae Dorien DeTombe (MSc. Ph.D.)

Dr Dorien DeTombe

Chair International Research Society for Global Safety based on Theory of Societal Complexity; Chair International Society on Methodology for Societal Complexity

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Dorien J. DeTombe is the founding father of the field Methodology for Societal Complexity. She is an international recognized expert in the field of handling Complex Societal Problems and issues. She developed the methodology COMPRAM, a multi disciplined methodology for political decision making on the issue of complex societal issues like terrorism, floods, large city problems, HIV/Aids, Sars and water affairs etc. Dorien J. DeTombe studied social science and computer science. She received her doctorate in the field of methodology for Complex Societal Problems & Issues and developed the COMPRAM methodology (Complex Problem hAndling Methodology)..  She is a member of many scientific boards and review committees.  She is a regular referee for conferences and journals in her field of research. She is a recognized researcher in her field of research both national and international. She spends her main carrier as a scientist at Utrecht University and at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. 

Dorien J. DeTombe published many articles and books on the subject of Methodology of Complex Societal Problems. She is doing research on the subject of how to handle complex problems; policy problems in risk management, sustainable development and healthcare. On issues like floods, HIV/Aids, urban research, future planning, agricultural issues, terrorism, Sars and Tsunami. she gives lectures on the subject of Methodology of Societal Complexity as visiting professor and at conferences all over the world. She organizes yearly conferences on the topic of Methodology of Societal Complexity. She is editor of several journals.

The Compram methodology is based on the idea that societal problems must be handled cooperatively with experts, policy makers and stakeholders together. These difficult and complicated group processes are guided and structured by a facilitator in a six step approach. Experts, stakeholders and policymakers discuss the content and possible solutions based on a cooperative (simulation) model of the problem. The method emphasizes facilitating the exchange of knowledge and understanding, and communication among and between the experts, stakeholders and politicians.


Knowledge, power and emotions are the basic elements in handing complex societal problems. The COMPRAM methodology is a prescriptive framework method to which all kind of sub-methods can be applied. The COMPRAM methodology has been used as a theoretical basis for handling over sixty real life cases in the field of societal policy making and in real life complex societal problems in several countries. See for the COMPRAM methodology, publications, conferences and lectures:




Dorien DeTombe was Visiting Professor in:

Africa South Africa

               University of  Natal, Pieter Maritzburg South-Africa  2001

               University of Cape Town  in Cape Town  1999, 2001

               Durban University of Technology Durban 2006

America- North


         Gerad  Institute, a cooperation of HEC MontrŽal, ƒcole Polytechnique, McGill University and UniversitŽ du QuŽbec ˆ MontrŽal, Montreal 2002

         University of UQam (L'UniversitŽ du QuŽbec ˆ MontrŽal (UQAM)) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

               University of Concordia Montreal 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


               New York State University, Purchase in 2002, 2003 and 2004

               New York State University Stony Brook 2006

         Central Connecticut State University and East Connecticut State University 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007



               Beijing University and Normal School Beijing 1995

               Department of Human Behavior and Development 1995

               Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing 2004


               Middle East Technical University (METU) Ankara 2003, 2005, 2006                       

               University of Marmora in Istanbul 2005,

               Healthcare conference Ankara 2006, Antalya 2007


               University of Reisumeikan Kyoto 2003

               Tokyo University of Technology 2005



               University of Brussels French 2003


               Hochschule fŸr Economie, Berlin (O) 1990


               Sapienza University of Roma  Roma 2006


         Academy of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Krakow, 1989, 1990, University of Warshaw, Department of Economics Warshawa Polen 1989, 1990


               University Tbilissi, Department of Economics, Georgi, 1990,

               Department of Psychology, University of  Moskow, GOS, 1990


               Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 1998 and 1999


               London School of Business, London England in 2002

         Ukraine Summer School PKI Kiev 2007




The relevance of insights into Societal Complexity for handling Global Safety


The field of societal complexity reflects and guides policy making of complex societal problems like terrorism, flood, large city problems, agricultural business, flu pandemic, climate change and large (inter) national organizational problems.


To create a safer society needs more and other things than technology innovation. Global Safety can be threatened by natural causes and by man-made causes. Natural causes like earthquakes, floods, tsunamiÕs, flu pandemic, HIV/Aids, BSE, chicken plague, and man-made causes like war, crime, social disruption, terrorism, internet vulnerability, equity capital, climate change, Co2 emission, pollution.


To create a safer society concerns directly all the elements in the society, including education and the poverty gap. How to deal with current societal threads like disasters, HIV/Aids, terrorism and climate change is a part of the filed of handling complex societal problems.


Handling complex societal problems needs a special approach. Handling societal problems in an interdisciplinary way has become a must for our society and a challenge for the human and social sciences. The problems society is confronted with are difficult to handle. There is a growing gap between the complexity of these problems and the human capacity to deal with them. There is a need for better methods and tools, more knowledge and imagination. Scientific knowledge is needed to survive amidst these problems.


Therefore methodology for complex societal problems has become a new field of scientific attention. Some of the scientific and real life reasons for this special approach are that the problems are seldom defined, change during their development, many actors are involved often with a different view on the problem, with different interest and with different ÔsolutionsÕ in mind. It includes a knowledge, power and emotion aspect. Societal reasons for this special approach are the importance of these problems for society, the impact they have on many people, and the large amount of money involved.


The COMPRAM methodology is advised by the OECD (July 2007) to handle complex societal issues. The ÔFinal consensus reportÕ is published in May 2006.,2546,en_2649_34269_37163752_119666_1_1_1,00.html