Urban Studies Blog Series

Every month one of our full professors, assistant professors, postdoctoral researchers, PhD-students, visiting professors or students enrolled in the research master’s programme write about their views on a variety of urban aspects. The contents of the blog-entries vary from striking and conspicuous urban encounters, to the latest developments and trends in urban studies research.

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  • La Defense

    Sentimental Journey - By visiting Prof. Nick Phelps

    Twenty or so years ago I stood on a cold and windswept spot in Almere New Town being a young lecturer at Cardiff University assisting on our Diploma in Town Planning field trip to the Netherlands. What better way to escape the crowds of gawping, ...

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  • Blog Luca

    Some Reflections from Hong Kong #UmbrellaMovement - By Prof. Luca Bertolini

    I spent my sabbatical in Hong Kong. With both extreme human densities and breathtaking natural landscapes, Hong Kong is an overwhelming city. This much I knew, and this alone would have made the stay a unique experience. Nothing however, had ...

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  • Flickr.com – Creative Commons – Damien du Toit (Dias Tribute)

    Bringing Amsterdam and Cape Town together - by visiting Prof. Dianne Scott

    Inspired by Jenny Robinson’s invocation to look for ‘new ways of bringing cities together’ in urban studies, one is struck by a strong feeling of connectedness between the cities of Amsterdam and Cape Town. Since 1652 these cities have ‘inhabited ...

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  • Amsterdam Gilissen

    Phenomenal Urbanization Asks for Forward-Looking Visions and a Global Perspective - By visiting Prof. George Lin

    The city of Amsterdam has long occupied a strategic position in the history of global interdependent development. Visiting the city of Amsterdam for the first time I was deeply impressed. As an urban geographer, I was fascinated by the landscape ...

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  • City Heights

    'Best Practice' story telling on Smart Cities, and why we need better genres - By visiting lecturer Dr Dorien Zandbergen

    Recently, it has been argued that 'Smart Cities' are capable of addressing the urban challenges and problems of our time, orchestrating urban life in more efficient ways and making cities more engaging and livable. As an ideal of future urban ...

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  • Fietsers

    The Handicap of a Head Start - by Dr Marco te Brömmelstroet

    It is a hard job to stimulate the debate about cycling in the Netherlands. Literally everybody is a frequent user and most therefore also consider themselves to be an expert: 16 million professors on urban cycling. We could not be happier than ...

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  • Amsterdam 2

    Reflections on Amsterdam - by visiting Prof. Richard Walker

    In Amsterdam one is struck immediately by the weight of the past. But I found the common tropes available to be inadequate in framing the story of the city for the visitor. I visited both the City and the Canal Museums, which have elaborate, ...

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  • Rembrandt

    Tracing Footsteps in a City - By visiting Prof. Ananya Roy

    In 1982, on the occasion of her 40th birthday, my mother decided to undertake her first travel to Europe. A high school teacher and a middle-class mother, she had diligently saved money for this trip over the course of many years. India’s ...

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  • New York Chinatown

    How generalizable is the Chinese case? - By visiting Prof. You-tien Hsing

    It was a great pleasure to present my research on China’s urban transformation at the Centre for Urban Studies in February this year. At the presentation I tried to theorize the intertwined relationship between urban building and state building. ...

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  • Red Light District 3

    Observations from behind an Amsterdam window - By Fenne Pinkster

    Recently, I spent the evening at a restaurant located in the middle of Amsterdam’s red light district, where we had window seats with a beautiful view of the Old Church lying on the opposite of the canal. Surrounded by coffeeshops and red lights ...

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  • UvA building the Agnietenkapel

    The Urban Revolution - By visiting Prof. Robert Fishman

    Among the many things I appreciate about the Centre’s generous invitation to lecture in March was the locale of the lecture itself – the beautiful hall where the University itself began in 1632. As I reflected afterwards, it was the perfect ...

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  • Flat

    Bos en Lommer: Amsterdam’s gentrification frontier? - By Marco Bontje

    Until early 2008, my housing career probably could be seen as a hybrid product of ‘how Amsterdam social housing works’ and the usual ‘early gentrifier’ frame as we know it from urban geography and urban sociology research. Born and raised in ...

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  • Slangenhuis

    Languages and Languaging in Multilingual Amsterdam - By Virginie Mamadouh

    In Amsterdam we speak many languages, as in any city across the world. Somewhat specific however is the high prevalence of English, next to Dutch, the national language of the country, and the wide range of languages represented. Moreover, the ...

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  • Insurgent Consumerism - By Rivke Jaffe

    In a recent CUS blog, Erik Swyngedouw laments Amsterdam’s current lack of insurgent citizens. Unlike other cities “where the multitude takes to the streets and squares and stages performatively new egalitarian modes of being-in-common”, Amsterdam ...

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  • Fiets losgebrand

    The battle of the ‘orphan-bike’: a citizen participation tragedy in Amsterdam - By Nanke Verloo

    In their quest to understand the city, urban researchers can choose to emerge into sociological theories or mingle into the everyday struggle of the street and learn from what they see. Let me tell you a ‘small story that rethinks a large issue’: ...

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  • Canal in Amsterdam

    The World’s Most Liberal City - By Prof. Jan Willem Duyvendak

    There are many Amsterdams. The city has a different meaning for each inhabitant and every visitor. The city’s slogan I Amsterdam seems to acknowledge this individualized experience (it is not ‘We Amsterdam’). In his blog, Erik Swyngedouw invites ...

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  • Political Science

    Goodbye, city district councils. You will be missed for at least one unexpected reason - By associate professor Floris Vermeulen

    Thirty years ago Amsterdam installed its first city districts. At the highpoint of this era, in 2002, there were 14 city districts (stadsdelen). Each had its own council (stadsdeelraad). And each thus provided a place where Amsterdam politics, ...

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  • Amsterdam canal with bikes

    Where is Amsterdam? - By visiting Prof. Erik Swyngedouw

    Amsterdam takes a very special and privileged position in my intellectual trajectory. As a young and radical planning student in Belgium in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the stale, dogmatic, antiquated and plainly stifling intellectual and ...

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  • Amsterdam Capital of Freedom - By Visiting Prof. Alan Mabin

    I’m sure most people among the millions who visit Amsterdam every year, do so to sit in cafés next to tranquil canals, party in extraordinary venues, view rich art collections, and do all those other things associated with the foreign experience ...

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  • Amsterdam, Leidseplein, Theatre

    Choose or Loose? - By Prof. Maarten Hajer

    It was in the mid 1990s. On our way to a family holiday in the Alps we made a stopover in Salzburg. Salzburg, the city of Mozart, of the fortress and, of course, The Sound of Music. Parking signs guided us to a parking house, which happened to be ...

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