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The Working Paper Series (WPS) allows for timely and wide dissemination of research findings and provides our researchers with the possibility to get early feedback on their work.

Papers published in the series are pre-publications, published electronically by the Centre for Urban Studies and available online-only via this website. Upon publication, the downloadable CUS WPS version will be removed from our website, and the download link is replaced by a direct link to the publisher's website. 

Announcements of new working papers are circulated in our newsletter

Results: 1 - 30 of 35
Results: 1 - 30 of 35
  • WPS No.35 | Pilo', F. (2019) | Material politics: utility documents, claims-making and construction of the ‘deserving citizen’ in Rio de Janeiro

    Through an ethnographic study of a document in urban Brazil - the electricity bill - this working paper by Francesca Pilo' argues for developing a relational and materialist approach to citizenship.

  • WPS No.34 | Hochstenbach, C. & Ronald, R. (2018) | The revival of the private rental sector under Amsterdam’s regulated marketization regime

    This working paper by Cody Hochstenbach and Richard Ronald explores how and why the state-orchestrated revival of the private rental sector in Amsterdam has come about, highlighting how new growth in free market private renting is related to the ...

  • WPS No.33 | Zandbergen, D. (2018) | The making of a responsive city

    This Working Paper explores the material politics of the “responsive city.” This politics imbues urban objects that are made “smart” with responsive sensors, with the capacity to negotiate the multitude of interests that make up contemporary ...

  • WPS No.32 | Arundel, R. and Hochstenbach, C. (2018) | The spatial polarization of housing markets and wealth accumulation

    This paper answers the question how where one buys housing has gained crucial importance in structuring future housing-wealth accumulation with highly uneven access to high-gain areas.

  • WPS No.31 | Hochstenbach, C., van Gent, W., Musterd, S. (2018) | Shifting regional dynamics of life course

    This paper investigates key transitions in household formation and dissolution in the Amsterdam region before, during and after the housing crisis of 2008. In contrast to expectations, mobility-related life-course transitions have not been ...

  • WPS No.30 | Tzaninis, Y., Boterman, W. and Pratsinakis, M. (2018) | Right-wing populism and xenophobia

    This paper challenges the idea that there is currently a geographical, political dichotomy between cities and the periphery: the city is supposed to represent the tolerant vote while the periphery is portrayed as more prone to populism and ...

  • WPS No.29 | Hochstenbach, C. (2018) | The age dimensions of urban change and socio-spatial inequality

    Age is not very often explicitly integrated into analyses of urban socio-spatial inequality. This working paper by Cody Hochstenbach makes an effort to do so, and shows how this helps us understand how gentrification progresses over time, takes ...

  • WPS No.28 | Jaffe, R. (2018) | Security Aesthetics and Political Community Formation in Urban Jamaica

    How do political powers mobilize aesthetic means to simultaneously produce a sense of security and a sense of community? Drawing on research in Kingston, Jamaica, this paper by Rivke Jaffe connects philosophical work on the politics of ...

  • WPS No.27 | van Gent, W.P.C. and Boterman, W.R. (2018)| Gentrification of the changing state

    Rather than seeing class dynamics as subservient to capital, the authors contend that class relations may feed into state dynamics in two related ways: representative politics and State hegemonies. Taking Jason Hackworth and Neil Smith’s seminal ...

  • WPS No.26 | Nikolaeva, A. et al. (2017)| A new politics of mobility: Commoning movement, meaning and practice in Amsterdam and Santiago

    Transitions to more sustainable and just mobilities require moving beyond technocentrism and rethinking the very meaning of mobility in cities and societies. This working paper by CUS member Anna Nikolaeva and colleagues demonstrates that such ...

  • WPS No.25 | Tzaninis, Y . (2017)| The anti-urban cosmopolite: repertoires of international migrants in suburbs

    Cosmopolitanism is commonly understood as a phenomenon exclusive to the city, while the suburbs are primarily identified with provincialism. In this paper, based on research in Almere, this dichotomy is problematized and the existence of ...

  • WPS No.24 | Boterman, W.R. (2017)| Cargo bikes as a lens for gender, class and urban transformation in Amsterdam

    This paper uses the cargo bike as a lens to discuss the transformations of urban space from the perspective of class and gender. It argues that, while continuing to acknowledge the importance of class, gender is an equally important yet neglected ...

  • WPS No.23 | Jaffe, R.K. & Koster, M. (2017) | The Myth of Formality in the Global North: Informality-as-Innovation in Dutch Governance

    In this brief article, we challenge the myth of Northern formality by focusing on two empirical cases of informality in Dutch governance that demonstrate how the state frames the toleration and use of informality as policy innovations.

  • WPS No.22 | Van Gent, W.P.C., Boterman, W.R. & Hoekstra, M.S. (2016) | State-sponsored gentrification or social regeneration?

    This paper discusses state interventions in a poor former-working-class area in Amsterdam – Van der Pekbuurt.

  • WPS No.21 | Jones, G.A. & Rodgers, D. (2016) | Anthropology and the city: Standing on the shoulders of giants?

    It has become increasingly commonplace to note that the past decade has witnessed a proliferation of anthropological studies dealing holistically with the dynamics of cities and city-living, to the extent that the current moment is considered to ...

  • WPS No.20 | Hochstenbach, C. (2016) | The changing geography of tenure restructuring and state-led gentrification in Amsterdam

    Governments in a wide range of contexts have long pursued policies of social mixing to disperse poverty concentrations, attract middle-class residents and manage disadvantaged neighborhoods. Drawing on the case of Amsterdam this chapter shows ...

  • WPS No.19 | Duijne, R.J. van & Ronald, R. (2016) | The Unraveling of Amsterdam’s Unitary Rental Market

    The Netherlands had been considered a key example of a ‘unitary’ rental market in which social and private rental sectors are in direct competition with each other. This unitary market has been more recently undermined however, by changes in the ...

  • WPS No.18 | Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (2016) | Intergenerational support for autonomous living in a post-socialist housing market: homes, meanings and practices

    The post socialist restructuring of Romania was marked by an abrupt retrenchment of the state and, subsequently, the resurgence of familial interdependencies. A particular arena where this has played out has been the housing system. State rental ...

  • WPS No.17 | Hochstenbach, C. & Musterd, S. (2016) | Changing urban geographies through boom and bust periods: gentrification and the suburbanization of poverty

    Major post-industrial cities across Europe and other contexts are marked by growing social-spatial inequalities, with housing liberalization and gentrification limiting low-income households’ housing options. We investigate changes in the ...

  • WPS No.16 | Soria-Lara, J. A., Bertolini, L. & Te Brömmelstroet, M. (2015) | Towards a more effective EIA in transport planning: a literature review to derive interventions and mechanisms to improve knowledge integration

    A set of process-related barriers negatively determines the effectiveness of EIA in transport planning. Recent research highlights in particular the unstructured stakeholder involvement and inefficient public participation during the scoping ...

  • WPS No.15 | Kager, R., Bertolini, L. & Te Brömmelstroet, M. (2015) | The bicycle-train mode: Characterisation and reflections on an emerging transport system

    The bicycle is often understood as a disjointed ‘feeder’ mode that provides access to public transport. In this paper, it is argued that combined use of the bicycle and public transport should be understood in a broader perspective, especially ...

  • WPS No.14 | Tzaninis, Y. (2015) | Building sand castles in the suburbs: from new-frontier suburban pioneering to diversifying aspirations

    During the heydays of suburbanization, housing pathways reflected an escape from urban environments commonly perceived as run-down. Currently however the middle classes are attracted by inner-cities, while suburbs are transforming to ...

  • WPS No.13 | Gent, W. van & Jaffe, R. (2014) | Normalizing urban inequality: cinematic imaginaries of race, class and space in Amsterdam

    Focusing on Amsterdam, this paper examines the role of racialized spatial imaginaries in legitimizing urban inequalities by reviewing the popular Dutch film "Alleen Maar Nette Mensen". What are the connections between race, class and space? How ...

  • WPS No.12 | Brömmelstroet, M. te (2014) Do Planning Support Systems improve Planning or not; A measurement framework and randomized experiment

    Although Planning Support Systems (PSS) were, and are still, seen as very promising for improving urban planning practices, several decades of developing generations of such technologies have not bridged the implementation gap. To close this gap, ...

  • WPS No.11 | Ronald, R. (2014) The Remarkable Rise and Peculiar Context of Younger One-Person Households in East Asian Cities

    Numbers of one-person households in East Asia have expanded dramatically in recent decades, especially among younger cohorts living in cities. This shift derives from specific changes in economic conditions and neoliberal policy influences that ...

  • WPS No.10 | Hochstenbach, C. & Gent, W. van (2014) An anatomy of gentrification; understanding neighbourhood upgrading beyond migration

    Several theoretical debates in gentrification literature deal with the role and importance of migration, incumbent social mobility, and demographic change in urban social change. These debates primarily focus on structural processes. However, we ...

  • WPS No.09 | Musterd, S., Gent, W. van, Das, M. & Latten, J. (2014) Residential and Social Mobility; Adaptive Behaviour in Urban Space

    The social relationship between an individual and their residential environment is shaped by a range of housing market rules and regulations, by residential choice and by constraints.

  • WPS No.08 | Tzaninis, I. & Boterman, W.R. (2014) Beyond the urban suburban dichotomy: shifting mobilities to and from Almere, Holland

    Suburbanisation has been a prevalent process of post-war, capitalist urban growth, leading to the majority of citizens in many advanced capitalist economies currently living in the suburbs. We are also witnessing however the reverse movement of ...

  • WPS No.07 | Kleibert, J.M. (2014) Islands of Globalisation: Changing Spatial Divisions of Labour and Enclavisation

    The changing international division of labour presents opportunities for developing countries to attract foreign investments and generate employment in the offshore service sector. What spatial transformations occur as a result of these ...

  • WPS No.06 | Mitchell, D. (2014) People's Park Again. On the End and Ends of Public Space

    Public space is a struggle. The end, and ends, of public space continue to be struggled over in the streets and parks, in city council chambers and corporate boardrooms, at police headquarters and the ballot box.