We are proud to announce that CUS member Justus Uitermark received a Vidi grants for his project “Between collectivization and enclosure: examining the uneven provision of clean water, waste disposal and public space in rapidly growing cities”.
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to nine researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center (AMC). Justus Uitermark received one of these Vidi grants for his project, which will enable him to develop his own innovative line of research and set up his own research group.
Why do residents in rapidly growing cities succeed or fail to secure amenities required for their health, dignity, and comfort? While engineers might see this as a technical question, this project focuses on the social relations that form around and through the setting up and governing of amenities for clean water, waste disposal, and public space. The provision of these amenities, of paramount importance to people’s lives and prominent on the policy agendas of governments and development agencies, is patchy and checkered, especially in the rapidly growing cities of the developing world. Charting and explaining the uneven development of amenities is therefore a vital task. The project uses extensive meta-reviews of the literature and detailed case studies of Accra (Ghana) and Istanbul (Turkey) to identify the conditions and mechanisms that explain why some people and places have privileged access to high-quality amenities while other people and places do not. Theoretically, it synthesizes bodies of literature that have much to offer to the analysis of uneven development but which, to date, have not been brought into conversation: urban studies, figurational sociology, and common pool resource literature.
Justin Uitermark is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and member of the Centre for Urban Studies. His research is located at the intersection of urban studies and political sociology. His current research interests involve self-organization, urban policy, social movements and networks.