Nanke Verloo receives the Van Poelje Award 2015

30 November 2016

We are pleased to announce that Nanke Verloo (CUS/AISSR) had received the Van Poelje Award for her dissertation ‘Negotiating urban conflict: Conflicts as opportunity for urban democracy’. In her research she analyses how local conflicts between residents, welfare practitioners, police officers, politicians and policy makers of neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague produce everyday politics and citizenship.


"It is a great honor to receive this award and to the additional recognition. Yet, I hope that what I wrote can actually mean something for discussions that are taking place today. Especially in a society where contradictions between the governing parties and the ordinary people in neighborhoods are so big, it is needed to look in these neighbourhoods. What is going on there? Why do those people feel left behind and angry? My research shows how conflicts can help to engage people in decision making processes. We need to communicate more with each other, address conflicts and visit public places where conflict happens. By using the energy that comes from anger we can strengthen our democracy" - states Nanke Verloo in response to receiving the Van Poelje Award.

Nanke Verloo

Is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and member of the Centre for Urban Studies and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the UvA. Her work specializes in processes of urban conflict, protest, and in- and exclusion. She is trained in Anthropology and Political Science. Her research and teaching in Urban Planning take an interdisciplinary and ethnographic perspective on planning for inclusive cities. She is also a columnist and editor of the Dutch 'Tijdschrift voor Sociale Vraagstukken'.

The Van Poeltje Award

The Van Poeltje Award is an annual Award of the Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde (Association for Public Administation) for the best dissertation regarding public administration that has been defended on a Dutch or Flemish university. The independent jury is chaired by professor Mirko Noordegraaf (University of Utrecht) and judged a record number of  31 dissertations, of which 27 Dutch and 4 Flemish.

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