Working Papers Series
The Working Paper Series (WPS) are ‘pre-publications’, published electronically by the Centre for Urban Studies and available online-only via CUS’ website.
The WPS allows for timely and wide dissemination of research findings and provides our researchers with the possibility to get early feedback on their work. Working papers published on CUS’ WPS are included in the indices of Google Scholar.
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.
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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.Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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, ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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.Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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.Read more
WPS No.05 | Gent, W. van & Grondelle, M.W. van (2014) (Dis)affiliatie in kaart. Ruimtelijke buurtpercepties in Geuzenveld, Amsterdam
In formeel stedelijk beleid, wordt door de buurt vaak als één geheel gezien.Read more
WPS No.04 | Vermeulen, F., Minkoff, D. & Meer, T. van der (2014) The Survival of Immigrant Organizations. Acquiring Socio-Political Legitimacy in Amsterdam Neighborhoods, 2002-2012
Although social organizations are considered a vital aspect of life in urban neighborhoods, little research examines how neighborhood context influences organizational vitality. Focusing on the case of immigrant organizations in Amsterdam, this ...Read more
WPS No.03 | Lennartz, C., Arundel, R. & Ronald, R. (2014) Young People and Homeownership in Europe through the Global Financial Crisis
In context of poorly performing national economies and sustained employment insecurity since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, various UK and US studies have suggested that access for younger people to independent living, and to ...Read more
WPS No.02 | Nijman, J. & Clery, T. (2013) Suburban Imaginaries and Metropolitan Realities in North America
North America may be considered the ‘birthplace’ of the prototypical 20th century suburb. From there, common usage of the terms suburb and suburbanization spread to the rest of the Western world, and then across the globe. It has become ...Read more
WPS No.01 | Ronald, R. & Doling, J. (2013) The Changing Shape of the East Asian Housing Model
While patterns of housing policy, production and occupation are quite diverse, housing interventions in developed East Asian economies have historically focused on high volume housing output targeted at economically productive, male-headed family ...Read more