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Results: 1 - 30 of 50
  • Robert C. Kloosterman
    There is Darkness on the Edge of Town - Visions of the Urban in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen by Robert C. Kloosterman

    One could do worse than to listen to the songs of Bruce Springsteen to catch a glimpse of processes of urban transformation in the United States. He frequently painted moving and penetrating pictures of urban scenes. Like many other songwriters, ...

  • Seeing Traffic Differently by PUMA Research Group

    What comes to mind when you think about traffic? Pollution? Congestion? The unmistakable noise of an old motor scooter? For many of us, the idea of traffic, especially urban traffic, brings with it many negative associations.

  • Academic Club
    The Republic of Amsterdam - By Prof. Zef Hemel

    In June some five professors of the Centre for Urban Studies of the University of Amsterdam, teaching urban sociology, ethnic entrepreneurship, economic geography, urban geography and urban planning, had dinner with the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, ...

  • Urban Activism in Oligarchies and Opportunities for Political Change - by Mona Harb

    Under what conditions can urban activism generate opportunities for emancipatory collective action in cities governed by oligarchic political systems? Based on an empirical investigation of urban activism in Beirut (Lebanon) since 2006, and ...

  • Martijn Koster 2
    Assembling participatory urban governance - by Martijn Koster

    How does urban governance evolve around and affect Recife's low income neighbourhoods or favelas? In this blog post, Martijn Koster argues that local community leaders play an important role in aligning the state and residents within the urban ...

  • Picture 1 Blog CUS
    ‘Opening-up neighborhoods’: the art of urban regeneration - by Linda van de Kamp

    A long-term effort by the Dutch government has been to pursue an ambitious policy of ‘social mixing’ in various ‘disadvantaged’ former working class neighborhoods in different cities in the Netherlands. Government agencies, welfare organizations ...

  • Amsterdam Capital of Freedom - By Visiting Prof. Alan Mabin

    I’m sure most people among the millions who visit Amsterdam every year, do so to sit in cafés next to tranquil canals, party in extraordinary venues, view rich art collections, and do all those other things associated with the foreign experience ...

  • Rembrandt
    Tracing Footsteps in a City - By visiting Prof. Ananya Roy

    In 1982, on the occasion of her 40th birthday, my mother decided to undertake her first travel to Europe. A high school teacher and a middle-class mother, she had diligently saved money for this trip over the course of many years. India’s ...

  • UvA building the Agnietenkapel
    The Urban Revolution - By visiting Prof. Robert Fishman

    Among the many things I appreciate about the Centre’s generous invitation to lecture in March was the locale of the lecture itself – the beautiful hall where the University itself began in 1632. As I reflected afterwards, it was the perfect ...

  • New York Chinatown
    How generalizable is the Chinese case? - By visiting Prof. You-tien Hsing

    It was a great pleasure to present my research on China’s urban transformation at the Centre for Urban Studies in February this year. At the presentation I tried to theorize the intertwined relationship between urban building and state building. ...

  • Hong Kong 2013
    Praise for redundant space: planning for urban circularity - by Mendel Giezen

    Over the last few decades, new public management theory has dominated policy making with the focus on more efficient use of resources, time, and space.

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    Exclusion as Urban Policy: The Dutch ‘Act on Extraordinary Measures for Urban Problems’ - by Wouter van Gent, Cody Hochstenbach & Justus Uitermark

    The Rotterdam Act forbids certain groups of poor residents from moving into particular neighborhoods. This paper analyzes the rationales behind the Act and evaluates its effects.

  • Post Feminism Book Cover
    The feminizing city? - by Marguerite van den Berg & Carmen Ferri

    How are we to understand the contemporary urban gender revolution? Are cities feminizing as a result of changing patterns of production and reproduction? Or are we to understand persistent gendered poverty and violence statistics as signs of ...

  • Master’s programme Sociology: Urban Sociology
    Re-assessing the scholarship of the Chicago School of Sociology - by Dennis Rodgers

    The widely known Chicago School of Sociology is generally acknowledged as a highly innovative and foundational current of sociology, but has arguably been fundamentally misunderstood.

  • Blog Cycling first picture
    Learning by doing: a closer look at the exportation of Dutch cycling knowledge – by Meredith Glaser

    The City of Amsterdam estimated, conservatively, that in 2015 over 150 international delegations of varying size came to Amsterdam to, generally, learn about Dutch cycling. With nearly half of all trips made by bike (depending on neighborhood), ...

  • Jane Jacobs bij een persconferentie
    Jane Jacobs: Planning Guru or Planning Gorilla? - By Nanke Verloo

    Jane Jacobs is often celebrated as the Guru of today’s planning. Her approach to the city as a place for diversity – in uses, spaces, inhabitants, and buildings became enormously popular among planners across the world. In Amsterdam, planners are ...

  • Mumbai barbers
    The Urban Auditory Experience: Sound Awareness and Understanding our World of Sound - by Edda Bild

    A blog by CUS Member Edda Bild where she states that we can understand how cities are being used, appropriated and negotiated by learning to listen and becoming more aware of the auditory environments we are embedded in.

  • Jane Jacobs book cover
    Vital Little Plans: Seeing Jane Jacobs Whole - by visiting Associate Professor Samuel Zipp

    In 1984, Jane Jacobs visited Amsterdam. What did she say about the city and how can we relate this to her whole body of work?

  • Home Ownership
    The end of mass homeownership? Looking at housing career diversification and inequality in Europe - by Rowan Arundel

    What factors are undermining the entry to homeownership and how are these transformations in housing contributing to growing inequalities?

  • Master’s programme Sociology: Urban Sociology
    Anthropology and the city: Standing on the shoulders of giants? - by Gareth A. Jones & Dennis Rodgers

    Over the past decade there has been a flourishing of anthropological texts dealing with the city.

  • European Commission in Brussels
    The urban agenda for Europe: A win-win partnership between cities and the EU? - by Virginie Mamadouh

    The European Union (EU) is going through a tumultuous period: a Brexit referendum, EU-septic political parties on the rise, financial and economic crises, unemployment, large numbers of incoming asylum seekers, difficult relations with its ...

  • Maps electoral dynamics Urban Europe
    The electoral dynamics of urban Europe - by Josse de Voogd

    A multicolored patchwork, that’s what the electoral map of Europe looks like. In a study published by World Policy Journal, I made a composition of all the political maps of the European countries together. This offers an intriguing insight in ...

  • New Holland
    Czar Peter, New Holland and Urban Development in St. Petersburg - by Olga Sezneva

    There is a slice of Holland in the heart of Saint Petersburg. When Czar Peter returned from Zaandam in 1698 after learning, incognito, shipbuilding (he trained as a carpenter), he applied the new skill to building Russia’s own fleet as he ...

  • Haus auf dem kopf
    The city that ‘we’ own - by Federico Savini

    Amsterdam inner city, 2015. Households buying a plot of land and building their own dwellings, with gardens and work space. A network of about 50 people gets together with an architect and design their own block, perhaps including a small theater ...

  • Amsterdam Canal bikes
    Intergenerational support shaping residential trajectories: young people leaving home in a gentrifying city - By Cody Hochstenbach & Willem R. Boterman

    Across many different urban contexts, young people are currently faced with increasing constraints on the housing market. Inflating housing prices and stricter mortgage lending criteria render homeownership out of reach for more and more young ...

  • The land of many palaces
    China's most famous ghost city - by Adam Smith

    Ordos is China's most famous ghost city. Redesignated as a prefecture-level city in 2001, by 2010 it was hitting media headlines all over the world for its emptiness: an emptiness that gave its few thousand residents access to all the wonderful ...

  • Old couple
    Cities for the Aged? - By Joos Droogleever Fortuijn

    Some years ago my husband and I made a hiking tour along Glyndwr’s Way in the Cambrian mountains in Wales. In the Mid Wales Inn in Pant Y Dwr we met a couple of around 70 years old. The couple moved from Birmingham to this small village in a ...

  • Port of Spain in city
    Mega Cities Projects: the Case of Port of Spain - By Hebe Verrest

    In the recent past many cities have embarked on mega-projects as part of their neoliberal development strategy. While many of the best known urban mega projects in the global south, e.g. those related to the Fifa World Championship in South ...

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    Cities and the Superrich - By visiting Prof. Ray Forrest

    The superrich are probably more visible in Hong Kong than Amsterdam, and probably richer. Hong Kong does superrichness better than most cities. But there is a pervasive concern with the impact of expanding economic elites on urban life and urban ...

  • Almere
    Suburbanite 2.0 - by Yannis Tzaninis

    Almere is becoming international more rapidly than Amsterdam. The past few years one out of four new inhabitants that moved to Almere came from abroad, departing from more than 100 countries. Currently almost 40% of its total population has some ...