I am lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Social Science (ASW) bachelor programme. In this undergraduate programme, I (co-)develop, teach, and coordinate various courses on the cutting edge of disciplines, both as a part of ASW and the URBAN studies minor, such as: Perspectives on Amsterdam; Age, City & Work; Contemporary Debates on Cities (forthcoming) and Stad & Ruimte (forthcoming). I am a member of the Urban Geographies programme group within the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) at the University of Amsterdam.
In addition, I am Academic Director of an interdisciplinary Summer School Programme that I developed last summer, entitled: Amsterdam Sensescapes 1800-2018: Space, Sense & Strategy. Its design is rooted in different disciplines (Human Geography, Experimental Psychology, Sociology and History) and combines personal observation and “experimental” city methods, applied to a single case (the city of Amsterdam).
in terms of (inter-)disciplinary education, I have a background in both Psychology (Free University of Amsterdam, MA, 1988) and Human Geography (University of Minnesota, MA, 1999). After I joined the University of Amsterdam in 2000, I have participated in many (inter)national urban research projects , while working on a PhD thesis (University of Amsterdam, 2007). These projects usually focused on comparing city policy and city dynamics, and were run by various (inter)national networks of both social scientists of urban research and non-academic partners.
My main research interests lie within the field of Urban and Political geography. Over time, these interests have ranged from European and Dutch (area-based) urban policy (URBAN, Grotestedenbeleid, urban restructuring), urban and multi-level governance, the 'Europeanization' of Dutch cities and urban policy discourses, to diversity, identity, social cohesion and the sense of belonging,
My present research interest is more interdisciplinary in character, still focusing on the urban, but now combining insights from various disciplines like Human Geography, Psychology and Sociology. Topics relate to, for example, sense of place, the multisensory City, the 'planned' & the 'lived' city and urban sensescapes.
Member of the Executive Board of the Annual RC 21 Conference 2011: The Struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings.
‘Bulgaria and Rumania in the European Union: a blessing or a Trojan Horse?’, paper accepted for the special session on ‘Governing Urban Diversity: New Challenges for urban policy’ (AAG, Tampa, Florida, April 8-12, 2014, forthcoming).
‘Veranderende huishoudens en functies van woonmilieus’, contribution to a workshop at the conference of the Corpovenista Platform, Rotterdam, June 2012.
‘Veranderende huishoudens en functies van woonmilieus’, contribution to a workshop at the Fall conference of the Corpovenista Platform, Amsterdam, November 2011.
Lecture, entitled: ‘Beelden van thuis: de ‘Heimat’ in film’. It was given at an evening organised by GPIO & CREA (Amsterdam, October 19, 2009).