Six Urban Studies Seed Grants for promising initiatives

21 December 2016

At the start of the academic year, the Centre for Urban Studies launched an open call for seed grant proposals, to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff (both permanent and temporary). The grants have the aim to mobilise people and ideas, ‘to plant promising seeds’, to foster interdisciplinary dialogue, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. Six grants of up to 2.500 EURO have been awarded in this third round:

1. ‘Who Can Stay: A Comparative Study of Mobility Control in Amsterdam and Yangon’

Submitted by Darshan Vigneswaran


This project explores what factors determine who can  stay  in  the  city through comparative  research  in  Amsterdam  and  Yangon.  The project builds on  pilot  research conducted   by   students from   Political   Science,   Sociology,   Anthropology,   Business Administration and  Law at  the  University  of  Amsterdam and  forges  a  collaboration between  these  students  and  their  counterparts  at the University of  Yangon(UY)in Myanmar.

Expected output: a research proposal for an ERC consolidator grant, present the findings on a seminar at the Centre  for  Urban Studies in collaboration with the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies and submit - in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg - a funding  proposal  to  the  Swedish  research  council.


2. ‘Sounds of Amsterdam. Reframing sound as a resource supporting urban transformations

Submitted by Edda Bild, Adeola Enigbokan, Michiel Huijsman, Mercedes Zandwijken


This project brings together locally-based urban researchers with planners,  designers, policy  makers,  local  artists  and  citizens,  to  collaborate  on an  exploratory research into how  sound,  and  the  design  of  aural  experience,  can  contribute  to  debates  on  urban change and renewal in Amsterdam.

Expected output: a two-day workshop, a research report, an academic paper and a detailed  action  plan for the process of urban transformation.


3. ‘PLATFORM: The Urban Commons of Culture: Collective Action and Cultural and Creative Industries’

Submitted by Robert Kloosterman, Amanda Brandellero, Claartje Rasterhoff, Rosa Koetsenruijter


A platform to bring experts on culture and creative industries in urban contexts across different countries together. In addition, this platform serves to share and disseminate this knowledge for the benefit of stakeholder communities, particularly of those located in Amsterdam through an on-line platform, and to build and strengthen networks between academic researchers and city policy makers, practitioners in the field of arts, culture and creative industries, neighbourhood associations active in the field of culture.

Expected output: an online platform on the urban commons of culture and public kick-off event in Amsterdam, bringing together key experts and stakeholders on the urban commons of culture.


4. ‘SAGA High Dosage Tutoring in Amsterdam

Submitted by Bo Paulle


SAGA Innovations, a non-profit organization based in Boston, is spearheading the effort to bring a very specific form of tutoring to massively disadvantaged inner city students across the US and beyond. This specific projects focuses upon the tutoring effort at the secondary level in Amsterdam West at the Mundus College.

Expected output: results of the study will be presented and discussed at a special mini-conference and partnerships with other parties involved will be stimulated.


5. ‘Mapping denied spaces through new urban methodologies’

Submitted by Karin Pfeffer and Christien Klaufus


A two-day workshop with the objective to establish a research network for the development of a larger grant proposal, based on the integration of different methodologies for mapping and in-depth exploration of ‘denied spaces’.

Expected output: to design a grant proposal framework that includes the research question, an interdisciplinary research approach with integrated methodologies and potential case study cities, and to set-up a research consortium.


6. ‘Securitizing Urban Housing: A Comparative Approach’

Submitted by Frank Muller


A group of workshops under the title of “Securitizing Urban Housing: A Comparative Approach” that will provide a platform for research staff of the CUS and AISSR, as well as other (foreign and national) academic institutions, to discuss ongoing research projects. The events will facilitate “strategic comparisons” to examine  the  correlation  of   housing  and securitization   in   European   cities   and   beyond.

Expected output: a key note, additional presentations, a paper and grant application.



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