Centre for Urban Studies

Research Priority Area

The Centre for Urban Studies is one of 20 designated Research Priority Areas of the University of Amsterdam. It brings together urban scholars in human geography, planning, sociology, political science, international development studies, fascilitating interdisciplinary research in urban studies. The Centre is part of the AISSR, the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University.

In 2018- 2022 the Centre will especially focus on enabling research aimed at understanding the implications of current developments for the viability of urban commons - a crucial condition for achieving a more just and sustainable future. The future plans of the CUS are described in the Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022

Urban research

The Centre is directed by Prof. Luca Bertolini with the support of an Executive Board consisting of the leaders of the constituent research groups, and an Advisory Board, consisting of young, up-and-coming research leaders. Today the Centre connects more than 50 researchers and over 50 PhD students. The Centre supports existing urban research programs and stimulates interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborative projects. Enabling international academic collaborations and science-practice interactions are also main areas of activity.

Key research themes include:

  • impact of globalization on urban societies;
  • role of diversity in the social and economic functioning of cities;
  • dynamics of stratification, citizenship, and identity in urban contexts;
  • urban geography and big data;
  • comparative approaches in urban studies;
  • effects of the social and built environment and urban planning on life chances;
  • management and governance of cities;
  • sustainable urban development.

About Urban Studies

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Published by  CUS

17 January 2018