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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  • 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, 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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  • Canal in Amsterdam

    The Resilience of the Amsterdam Canal Belt - By Prof. Robert Kloosterman & Prof. Ewald Engelen

    The façade of the houses along the Amsterdam canals seems to have changed little in four centuries. Behind the doors, however, things are quite different. It is not just that the interiors are very different, but, even more important, significant ...

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  • Student Jasmin Thielen

    Starting in Amsterdam - By Cody Hochstenbach and Dr. Willem Boterman

    Amsterdam has significantly increased in popularity during the last decade: most of the inner city neighbourhoods are experiencing gentrification and the population has grown steadily – in 2012 the milestone of 800,000 inhabitants was passed. ...

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  • Academic Club

    The Republic of Amsterdam - By Prof. Zef Hemel

    In June some five professors of the Centre for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam, teaching urban sociology, ethnic entrepreneurship, economic geography, urban geography and urban planning, had dinner with the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, ...

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