Awarded Seed Grants

In 2015, the Centre for Urban Studies started with its seed grant programme, which aims to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff. This a complete list of all the Awarded Seed Grants by the Centre for Urban Studies.

‘Urban Heritage-Making: Cultural Forms, Local Histories and Redevelopment’

Submitted by Carolyn Birdsall, Linda van de Kamp, and Anastasiya Halauniova

  • An academic workshop with international guests, at which invited and pre-circulated papers are discussed with the idea of forming a special issue on the topic of urban cultures, heritage and redevelopment.
  • A “Museum Day” in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum. Taking place in the Amsterdam Museum auditorium, this second day will include a moderated and public round-table and an interactive performance by the interdisciplinary artist collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop titled ‘In/Heriting Cities’.
  •   A Special Issue of Journal Cultural Geographies.

 

‘City Talks – A CUS Podcast Series’

Submitted by Carolina Maurity Frossard

  • An academic workshop with international guests, at which invited and pre-circulated papers are discussed with the idea of forming a special issue on the topic of urban cultures, heritage and redevelopment.
  • A series of podcasts open to public.

 

‘The right to govern the city – RMUS Symposium 2017’

Submitted by Jelke Bosma, Eline Splinter, Justus Uitermark, and Wouter van Gent

  • The Open City Symposium, held on the 7th of June in Lola Lik (Bijlmer Bajes). The symposium connected the Centre to a wider audience by bringing together academics as well as practitioners by approaching various cases from both academic and practical perspectives during a public discussion. The symposium offered students and researchers at the Centre for Urban Studies a chance to engage, connect and discuss with senior academics and experts from the field.
  • A series of blog posts
  • A documentary on the activities of the Resma students in Urban Studies

 

‘Critical Comparative Urbanism Seminar Series’

Submitted by Hebe Verrest and Rivke Jaffe

  • Seminar series support to develop a closer engagement amongst CUS scholars with debates on the geographies of urban theory. In doing so, it also fosters dialogue between different disciplines and it increases the visibility of the CUS in- and outside the UvA.

 

'The Impact of Urban Tourism'

Submitted by Fenne Pinkster and Willem Boterman

  • Contributed to the current public debate in Amsterdam about the local impacts of global tourism by presenting research findings of a recent case study in the Amsterdam Canal Belt (Pinkster & Boterman 2016)  to a broad academic and non-academic audience at a public event organized in close collaboration with societal partners (De Groene Amsterdammer, Felix Meritis, Vrienden van de Amsterdamse Binnenstad and the Mayor’s office). 
  • Contributed to the development and strengthening of an academic network through the invitation of international scholars for a joint workshop & consortium meeting with the purpose of developing an international comparative urban research project;
  • Writing a joint grant proposal with international colleagues.

 

‘Securitizing Urban Housing: A Comparative Approach’

Submitted by Frank Muller

  • Cooperation and developing a network of scholars who work in/on European cities and beyond on urban security issues.
  • An Urban Lecture by a keynote on urban security in Pakhuis de Zwijger, June 2017.
  • A PhD workshop in which urban securitization processes across different (postcolonial) contexts were discussed between experts and PhD students, June 2017.
  • Two week residence of Dr. Lirio Gutierrez from National University Colombia.
  • Cooperation between CUS and National University of Colombia: Frank Muller will be part of their research theme and conduct a case study.
  • Presented papers are edited in a themed issue in the Debates Section of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
  • Interview with Dr Zeidermann for City Journal.

 

‘Mapping denied spaces through new urban methodologies’

Submitted by Karin Pfeffer and Christien Klaufus

  • A two-day workshop with 12 (inter)national scholars in Amersfoort, held 14-15 February 2017.
  • A new approach to study exclusionary spatial processes within urbanization has been developed, 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 what we call “Denied Spaces”.

 

‘SAGA High Dosage Tutoring in Amsterdam’

Submitted by Bo Paulle

  • A one-day conference disseminated the results among scholars including CUS members and people from the field of the first SAGA* consulted high dosage tutoring effort in the Netherlands (* SAGA Innovations is 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).
  • Various organisations and people from the field are now involved in the High Dosage Tutoring research in Amsterdam-West, these include Joppe de Ree of the Centraal Planbureau, Monique van Londen of the Universiteit Utrecht, Kimon Moerbeek of Kennisland, policy advicers of the Education Department Gemeente Amsterdam and Marjolein Moerman of the PvdA.

 

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

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

  • An online platform bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of experts on culture and creative industries in urban contexts across different departments at the University of Amsterdam and to share and disseminate this knowledge for the benefit of stakeholder communities, particularly of those located in Amsterdam through an on-line platform.

 

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

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

  • Follow-up on former seed grant to develop a network with scholars and people from the field on urban sound.
  • A two-day workshop in June 2017 brought 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.
  • A joint paper.
  • A joint research proposal.

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

Submitted by Darshan Vigneswaran

  • Comparative research in Amsterdam and Yangon, exploring what factors determine who can stay in the city, by building 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.
  • A workshop in Pakhuis de Zwijger to present the results to a larger audience.

 

‘Two month research visit Dr. Sahil Gandhi, University of Mumbai’

Submitted by: Niels Beerepoot.

  • A half-day seminar will be organised to bring together the researchers in CUS working on urban issues in India (e.g. Jan Nijman, Karin Pfefffer, Champaka Rajagopal, Isa Baud, Randhir Kumar). Researchers elsewhere in the Netherlands working on urban India will also be invited. Bridging gaps between GoG and Development Studies.
  • During the stay at CUS a grant proposal will be written for the next round of the Social Science Collaboration India - the Netherlands programme (NWO-ICSSR SSCIN programme).
  • Two peer reviewed papers are targeted to be written during the stay at CUS.

 

‘The feminizing city? Productions of space for the post-Fordist sexual contract’

Submitted by: Marguerite van den Berg.

  • A joint workshop to be organized in May 2017 at the University of Amsterdam. It will be organized for a group of approximately 30 participants from CUS and ARC GS and from other universities in the Netherlands.
  • The goal of this workshop is twofold: 1) to better understand the impact of the changing gendered division of labour for cities and 2) to forge connections between researchers in the field of gender studies and feminist theory on the one hand and urban sociologists and geographers on the other hand (organized in UvA in CUS and ARC-GS). Conversations between these academic communities are rare (both internationally and at UvA) but pivotal in order to understand profound changes to the way cities are organized.
  • Publication of the book Genderfication – The urban gender revolution (Palgrave, 2017).

 

‘The enduring relevance of the Chicago School of Sociology for contemporary urban studies’

Submitted by: Dennis Rodgers.

  • One day workshop, which took place in March 2017.
  • An innovative edited collection to be submitted to a major interdisciplinary urban studies journal such as IJURR or Urban Studies.
  • A public lecture was held in the CUS’ Urban Lecture Series.

 

‘The urban professional: Changing cities in times of dispersed and specialized urban knowledge’

Submitted by: Federico Savini.

  • An international symposium on ‘urban professionals’ was held in Amsterdam on March 2017.
  • Edited book publication within a top-ranked publisher (to be delivered mid-2017).
  • International grant application for further research cooperation (Horizon 2020, ORA-NWO Grant, or JPI Urban Europe).

 

‘Conductors and Computers: recovering the human infrastructures of smart, high-tech, and technologizing cities’

Submitted by: Olga Sezneva.

  • International workshop: a 3-day workshop at the Center for Urban Studies in 2018.
  • Aiming to prepare a proposal for ORA 2017. 
  • The Russian National Science Foundation supports international collaborative projects in the field of Urban Development, and applied for the International RNSF grant in the fall 2016. 
  • Prepared a bid for Horizon2020 in 2017.

 

‘Three day international seminar on Institutions in Action’

Submitted by: Willem Salet.

  • Seminar on 2-4 December 2016.
  • Publication of a book (2017-2018).

 

‘Homing the Dutch: On the Planning and Politics of Belonging’

Submitted by: Fenneke Wekker (PhD) and Jan Willem Duyvendak.

  • Special issue, published by the peer reviewed journal Home Cultures in 2016.
  • Seminar on the Urban Planning of Belonging, which we was organized on the 2nd of November 2016.

 

‘Mobile Urban Lab Experiment on Meaningful Encounters in Amsterdam’

Submitted by: Tuna Tasan Kok.

  • Walking Urban Lab, which was held on the 26th of October 2016.
  • The primary goal has been to open new perspectives for a larger scale research by conducting a small-scale experiment in a selected neighbourhood. An interdisciplinary field research experiment has been done, which allowed to develop a methodology to be implemented with the participation of not only academics but also of policy makers in the future for a larger, transformative research project.
  • Evening event at Pakhuis de Zwijger on the 25th of October.

 

‘Post-industrial development strategies as a topic in comparative urban studies – A joint workshop of the UvA Centre for Urban Studies and Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany on collaborative project proposals’

Submitted by: Marco Bontje.

  • Joint workshop to foster dialogue between researchers in the fields of urban studies, human geography and political science from the UvA Centre for Urban Studies (UvA-CUS) and Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Germany. Held on the 18th of October 2016.
  • Potentials for collaborative research proposals in comparative urban studies have been identified.
  • Intensification of international collaboration between UvA-CUS and IfL. Building on earlier successful collaborations between UvA-CUS and IfL during a Marie Curie Host Fellowship of Marco Bontje at IfL (2002-2004), the Dutch-funded project ‘Innovative City-Regions’ (2004-2007) and the EU FP6-project Accommodating Creative Knowledge (ACRE, 2006-2010) the first step to a collaborative funding application have been made.

 

‘Mapping and Sharing Amsterdam Sustainability’ (student internship)

Submitted by: Hebe Verrest and Joos Drooglever Fortuijn.

  • Seminar in September 2016, which presented the results of the collection and selection of sustainability initiatives in Amsterdam.
  • Launched special online platform: http://www.oursus.org/.

 

‘Urban Public Space and Data Gathering: a multi-disciplinary challenge’

Submitted by: Edda Bild (PhD).

  • A workshop on urban public space held in September 2016. We discuss multidisciplinary collaboration between different sciences and practice for acquiring a holistic understanding of the urban experience.
  • A workshop on urban public space held in September 2016. We discuss multidisciplinary collaboration between different sciences and practice for acquiring a holistic understanding of the urban experience.

 

‘Urban Security and Spatial Interventions: Bringing Anthropology and Planning into Dialogue’

Submitted by: Francesco Colona (PhD).

  • A one-day workshop titled ‘Urban Security and Spatial Interventions’, which took place September 2016.
  • A master-class by Stephen Graham with junior researchers from the UvA, Radboud University and York University, September 2016.
  • A seminar ‘Geographies of Fear’ with Dr Naomi van Stapele (Anthropology, UvA).
  • New international collaborations and exchanges have been developed to create a common language that enable to enter into interdisciplinary dialogue about infrastructures and spatial security and policing interventions in urban areas, engaging researchers from different universities and departments.

 

‘Valorisation project: Opgroeien in de drukke stad’ (Growing up in a busy city)

Submitted by: Lia Karsten.

  •  Book publication ‘De nieuwe generatie stadskinderen. Ruimte maken voor opgroeien’.
  •  SPUI25 debatavond on the 9th of June 2016.
  •  Pakhuis de Zwijger debatavond ‘City as a Lab’ on the 29th of June 2016.

 

‘New Perspectives on Urban Living in Contemporary Romania’

Submitted by: Oana Druta (PhD) and Richard Ronald.

  •  A half-day workshop focusing on housing and urban living, organized on June 10th 2016.
  • The final product of the workshop was a report of activity that serves as base for future research proposals and European grant applications.

 

‘CUS Spring Workshop: The Political and the City’

Submitted by: Various Centre of Urban Studies PhD’s such as Francesco Colona, Thijs Jeursen, Tracian Meikle, Carolina Frossard, Alana Osbourne, Lior Volinz, Davide Gnes, Retna Hanani and Yannis Tzaninis.

  •  A two-day workshop, organized on June 7 and 8, 2016.
  • Dialogue and critical engagement between junior researchers who focus on similar themes have been fostered, from a wide array of disciplinary standpoints. With the facilitation of invited senior scholars, participants can presented their works-in-progress, opening them up for discussion and feedback and future cooperation.

 

‘Amsterdam Fair City - International lessons - INURA Amsterdam’

Submitted by: Virginie Mamadouh, Wouter van Gent and Justus Uitermark.

  •  A public event with INURA Amsterdam on international experiences with struggles for a Fair City, organized May 9th 2016.
  •  PhD Workshop. Urban Research and Activism: 'Applied Research, Academic Advocacy or Research Activism?', organized in mid-May 2016.
  • Links with ETH Zürich, WTZ Berlin and Humboldt Universität have been fostered; worked on a collaborative funding application.

 

‘Power, Citizenship and Participation in ‘smart’ urban environments’

Submitted by: Dorien Zandbergen.

  • One-day workshop organized by the University of Amsterdam, the Centre for Urban Studies, Maastricht University and the Gr1p Foundation, hosted in the building of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, which took place in March 2016.
  • Outcome of the workshop will be an inventory of initiatives, pilots and concepts currently in play in Smart City design. This enables the three teams involved (see seed grant application for more info) to derive insights as to what we have to contribute to existing and evolving debates, and to identify critical issues that remain to be addressed.
  • The inventory has been made accessible to the teams and to the research community in general via the GR1P website by the publishing of a special report on the current Smart City developments: https://gr1p.org/the-people-data-and-power-workshop-a-report/.

Published by  CUS

18 September 2017