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dr. F.M. (Fenne) Pinkster

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Urban Geographies
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:C4.03A
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Onderzoeksexpertise: de geleefde stad, thuisvoelen, buurtbinding, ervaringen van bewoners, kwetsbare wijken en sociale menging

    Key research interests: everyday life in cities, belonging, neighborhoods, resident experiences of segregation, gentrification and social mix

    Short Biography

    As Associate Professor Urban Geography, I am affiliated to the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and the Center for Urban Studies. What I love about Urban Geography, is that you can encounter the urban transformations and social challenges you read about in text books and academic papers as soon as you step out into the city. Much of my inspiration for research and teaching comes from such everyday observations, in Amsterdam where I was born and raised, but also in other cities that I have visited over the years. 

    My research agenda concerns the geography of everyday urban life, referred to as de geleefde stad in Dutch. I explore how residents experience, use and produce urban space, studying the different ways in which neighborhoods form meaningful places for residents (or not) and raising questions about place-based processes of in- and exclusion, feelings of belonging and loss, encounters with difference, and place-making and place-claiming. An important element in my research is how these lived experiences of the city are shaped by - but also contribute to - macro-processes of polarization, segregation and fragmentation of urban space. I have investigated these processes in a wide range of neighborhoods, from marginalized neighborhoods targeted by urban renewal to white working class areas and elite spaces in the city like the Amsterdam Canal Belt, but always focusing on how residents of different positionalities make sense of their urban surroundings and shape them ‘from below’.

    My teaching responsibilities currently include the Bachelor courses Introduction to Human Geography and Master course Advanced Urban Geographies. I also supervise thesis projects for Bachelor, Master and Research Master students and individual PhD students. I am strategically engaged in our academic program as Academic Advisor for our bachelor and master programs in Human Geography and Planning.

    News

    May 2020: Home and Belonging in Amsterdam in times of COVID-19

    Exciting new project on 'Home and Belonging in the City under COVID-19': in collaboration with OIS Amsterdam, the city's research department, we are developing a survey understand how Amsterdammers are experiencing these months of staying home and how this may lead them to re-evaluate their home, neighborhood and the city. So in a time when the future of cities is much debated, and some predict that COVID will be the end of the urban era, we are developing a survey to understand how city residents themselves are (re)evaluating living in the city in these anxious times. The aim is to distribute this survey via the OIS Online Panel in June.

     

    January 2020: Paper on resident experiences of territorial stigmatization in Amsterdam Bijlmer

    Very happy that our paper 'On the stickiness of territorial stigma: diverging experiences in Amsterdam’s most notorious neighborhood' is now published online by Antipod (open access), see https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/anti.12608. And for a shorter Dutch commentary about this study, see https://www.socialevraagstukken.nl/het-hardnekkige-stigma-van-de-bijlmer/

     

    December 2019: Governing marginality, encountering the state

    As a follow-up to our previous Bijlmer study, I am currently developing a new research project that explores the changing relationship between local police and residents in marginalized urban areas. My aim is to explore the role of community policing in governing urban marginality and how resident-police encounters are on the hand shaped by external influences and on the other hand shape how residents more broadly perceive 'the state'. 

  • Onderwijs / Teaching

    Onderwijsactiviteiten / Teaching activities 2018-2019:

    • Bachelor: Inleiding Sociale Geografie, Basisspecialisatie Stadsgeografie
    • Master Human Geography: Advanced Urban Geographies
    • Research Master Urban Studies: thesis supervision and urban labs
    • Research Master Social Sciences: indivual reading courses & thesis supervision
    • Leerlijn coordinator Sociale Geografie (Academic Advisor Human Geography BA & MA)
    • Various promotion activities for our study programs, including the Geography minor, Bachelor and Master program

    Opleidingscommissie Geografie en Planologie

    Individual thesis supervision (MA, RMUS & RMSS)

    If you are writing a thesis in the field of Urban Geography or Urban Studies and are considering me as a supervisor, please have a look at my research page for potentially shared interests and at the list below for some examples of recent thesis topics that I have supervised:

    • Annefleur Noom (2016) Resident experiences of territorial stigmatization in Amsterdam and Brussels (RMUS)
    • Marijn Ferier (2016) Belonging and use of space in migrant neighborhoods in NYC and Amsterdam (RMUS)
    • Rosa de Jong (2017) Consuming or living diversity: middle classes in renewal areas in Glasgow and Rotterdam (RMUS)
    • Thamon Blokland (2017) Evaluating favela painting projects in Port-au-prince, Haiti  (MA Human Geography)
    • Brian Hinton (2017) Fragmented sense of home amongst young homeless people in Birmingham (MA Human Geography)
    • Wesel Brocken (2017) Protests against urban tourism in Amsterdam (MA Human Geography)
    • Janne Hogervorst (2017) Experiences of social mix in an affluent neighbourhood in Haarlem (MA Human Geography)
    • Brady Rall (2018) Everyday mobilities of young migrants in Boston and Amsterdam (RMUS)
    • Jessica Warren (in progress) Mailing practices as neighbouring occassion (RMSS)
    • Kamma Winther Kestner (in progress) Lived experiences of informal housing arrangements (RMUS)
  • Research projects

    Research interests

    My research interests include a wide range of questions about how people relate to urban places, focusing on how residents' everyday routines become locally embedded (or not!), how neighborhood enables or limits their opportunities to improve their lives, and how - when neighborhood forms a meaningful place to residents - it is then acted upon. I have studied these questions in different types of neighborhoods (from low income neighborhoods to the Amsterdam canal belt) and for different groups of residents, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Specifically, I have studied...:

    • emotional geographies, focusing on the affective relationship between people and places, whereby I interpret neighborhood belonging and place attachment not as a given or fixed, but as a process which may change over time. In particular, I have recently become interested in feelings of estrangement and loss in relation to everyday experiences of processes of urban and neighborhood change, which subsequently triggers expressions of discontent and territorial responses;
    • everyday practices & timespace routines, examining the ways in which residents' lives are embedded in the neighbourhood and the wider city, how residents strategically manage their exposure to their environment, the barriers they encounter in navigating the city and the way in which social inequalities become manifest in the spatiality of everyday life;
    • politics of place, with a particular focus on neighborhoods as informal territories  (despite the fact that most urban neighborhoods are relatively heterogeneous in the Dutch context). This includes questions relating to unequal power relations in informal and formal processes of place-making in terms of the degree to which different meanings of place are acknowledged and accommodated;
    • 'living with difference', investigating how residents in mixed neighborhoods and housing projects experience and respond to living in close proximity to 'others' and studying under which conditions social mix programs can contribute to positive experiences of diversity;
    • lived experiences of urban marginality, studying how residents in deprived urban areas experience, negotiate and cope with the marginalized context in which they live. For my dissertation I examined how local social networks in areas of concentrated poverty might contribute to negative neighborhood effects. More recently, I have been involved in research on processes of territorial stigmatization, questioning how residents in areas of concentrated poverty experience and respond to symbolic denigration of their neighborhood.

     

    Current research projects

    • Collaborating with OIS Amsterdam in a project on Home and Belonging in the city in times of COVID-19. 
    • Collaboraring with colleague Willem Boterman in a follow-up research project in the Amsterdam Canal Belt on supergentrification and new gentrifiers, sponsored by a CUS seed grant;
    • Developing new research on 'Governing Marginality, Encountering the State', specifically focusing on neighborhood policing in Dutch disadvantaged areas as a particular encounter that mediates the relationship between residents and 'the state'.  This research theme builds on a previous study in Amsterdam Bijlmer.
    • Thinking about/working on a paper about territoriality, belonging and loss of place, in which I bring together findings from previous seemingsly contrasting case studies in Betondorp and the Canal District to question the role of class in mediating experiences of loss of place in two very different, but distinct neighborhoods.

    PhD Supervision

    - Robin-Jan van Duijne (2017-2020) Peri-urbanization in India, co-promotor

    - Myrte Hoekstra (2013-2017) Governing diversity and experiencing difference, copromotor

    - Annalies Teernstra (2009-2014) Processes of neighborhood upgrading and downgrading, copromotor

    - Doske van der Wilk (2014-2017) Gentrifying public space, daily supervisor

     

    PhD Committees/jurys

    - Elise Schillebeekx (2019), Aankomstwijken in Vlaanderen, Universiteit Antwerpen/KU Leuven (promotores: Prof Dr Stijn Oosterlynck & Prof Dr Pascal de Decker)

    - Alana Osbourne (2018),  Touring Trench Town: Commodifying Urban Poverty and Violence in Kingston, Jamaica, Universiteit van Amsterdam (promotores: Prof Dr Rivke Jaffe & Prof Dr Michiel Baud)

    - Emily Miltenburg (2017), A different place for different people, Universiteit van Amsterdam (Promotores: Prof Dr Herman van der Werfhorst & Prof Dr Tom van der Meer)

    Robin-Jan's homepage

  • En buiten de universiteit....
    • vind ik het belangrijk om via mijn onderzoek een bijdrage te leveren aan het maatschappelijke debat over de toekomst van Nederlandse steden, bijvoorbeeld over de (on)zin van gemengde wijken (in Geografie), kwetsbare wijken (in Trouw), de lokale gevolgen van toerisme (in Parool)  en onvrede van bewoners in Amsterdamse tuindorpen (in Parool, met collega Wouter van Gent);
    • maak ik me regelmatig druk over het gebrek aan nuance in het publie debat over arme wijken en de misleidende en stigmatiserende labels die daarin gebruikt worden. En klim dan ook wel eens in de pen, zie bijvoorbeeld ons artikel in Sociale Vraagstukken over de Bijlmer, mijn bijdrage aan een AT5-debat over Zuidoost, en eerdere kritische reacties op het stuk Afrowijk in de Groene Amsterdammer en gebruik van de term 'moslimwijken' in Trouw en op de radio bij het programma CritiX  van FunX;
    • ben ik te vinden op Twitter en op Instagram;
    • scoorde ik ooit een ikje bij de NRC;
    • kom ik als werkende moeder altijd tijd tekort.

    Nederlandstalig artikel over hoe bewoners in Amsterdam Zuidoost te maken krijgen met het Bijlmer stigma

    Nederlandstalig artikel over lokale gevolgen van toerisme

    Urban Studies Blog on the red light district

  • Publications

    2020

    • Pinkster, F. M., Ferier, M. S., & Hoekstra, M. S. (2020). On the Stickiness of Territorial Stigma: Diverging Experiences in Amsterdam's Most Notorious Neighbourhood. Antipode, 52(2), 522-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12608

    2019

    2017

    • Ferier, M., Pinkster, F., Hoekstra, M., & Noom, A. (2017). Wonen in een beruchte buurt. Agora, 33(4), 20-23. [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., & Boterman, W. R. (2017). When the spell is broken: gentrification, urban tourism and privileged discontent in the Amsterdam canal district. Cultural Geographies, 24(3), 457-472. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474017706176 [details]

    2016

    2014

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2014). "I Just Live Here": Everyday Practices of Disaffiliation of Middle-class Households in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 51(4), 810-826. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013489738 [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M. (2014). Neighbourhood effects as indirect effects: evidence from a Dutch case study on the significance of neighbourhood for employment trajectories. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(6), 2042-2059. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01197.x [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., Permentier, M., & Wittebrood, K. (2014). Moving considerations of middle-class residents in Dutch disadvantaged neighborhoods: exploring the relationship between disorder and attachment. Environment and Planning A, 46(12), 2898-2914. https://doi.org/10.1068/a130082p [details]

    2011

    • Aalbers, M. B., van Gent, W. P. C., & Pinkster, F. M. (2011). Comparing deconcentrating poverty policies in the United States and the Netherlands: a critical reply to Stal and Zuberi. Cities : The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 28(3), 260-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2010.08.003 [details]

    2009

    2008

    • Völker, B., Pinkster, F., & Flap, H. (2008). Inequality in social capital between migrants and natives in the Netherlands. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, (Sonderheft 48), 325-350. [details]

    2007

    2006

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2006). Inkomenssegregatie in Nederlandse steden. In C. H. Mulder, & F. M. Pinkster (Eds.), Onderscheid in wonen; Het sociale van binnen en buiten (pp. 99-122). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2020

    • Pinkster, F. M., Ferier, M. S., & Hoekstra, M. S. (2020). On the Stickiness of Territorial Stigma: Diverging Experiences in Amsterdam's Most Notorious Neighbourhood. Antipode, 52(2), 522-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12608

    2019

    2017

    2016

    2014

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2014). "I Just Live Here": Everyday Practices of Disaffiliation of Middle-class Households in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 51(4), 810-826. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013489738 [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M. (2014). Neighbourhood effects as indirect effects: evidence from a Dutch case study on the significance of neighbourhood for employment trajectories. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(6), 2042-2059. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2012.01197.x [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., Permentier, M., & Wittebrood, K. (2014). Moving considerations of middle-class residents in Dutch disadvantaged neighborhoods: exploring the relationship between disorder and attachment. Environment and Planning A, 46(12), 2898-2914. https://doi.org/10.1068/a130082p [details]

    2012

    • Musterd, S., Pinkster, F., van Ham, M., & Kleinhans, R. (2012). Kwantitatief en kwalitatief buurteffectenonderzoek. Tijdschrift voor de Volkshuisvesting, 18(3), 30-31. [details]

    2011

    • Aalbers, M. B., van Gent, W. P. C., & Pinkster, F. M. (2011). Comparing deconcentrating poverty policies in the United States and the Netherlands: a critical reply to Stal and Zuberi. Cities : The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 28(3), 260-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2010.08.003 [details]

    2009

    • Musterd, S., & Pinkster, F. M. (2009). Unravelling neighborhood effects: evidence from two European welfare states. In J. W. Duyvendak, F. Hendriks, & M. van Niekerk (Eds.), City in sight: Dutch dealings with urban change (pp. 41-59). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]
    • Pinkster, F. (2009). Neighborhood-based networks, social resources, and labor market participation in two Dutch neighborhoods. Journal of Urban Affairs, 31(2), 213-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9906.2009.00442.x [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., & Droogleever Fortuijn, J. (2009). Ouderlijke régimes in een achterstandswijk. In S. Musterd, & W. Ostendorf (Eds.), Problemen in wijken of probleemwijken? (pp. 49-58). Assen: Van Gorcum. [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., & Droogleever Fortuijn, J. (2009). Watch out for the neighborhood trap !A case study on parental perceptions of and strategies to counter risks for children in a disadvantaged neighborhood. Children's Geographies, 7(3), 323-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/14733280903024498 [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., & Völker, B. (2009). Local social networks and social resources in two Dutch neighbourhoods. Housing Studies, 24(2), 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1080/02673030802704329 [details]

    2008

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2008). De sociale betekenis van de buurt: een onderzoek naar de relatie tussen het wonen in een arme wijk en sociale mobiliteit. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]
    • Völker, B., Pinkster, F., & Flap, H. (2008). Inequality in social capital between migrants and natives in the Netherlands. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, (Sonderheft 48), 325-350. [details]

    2007

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2007). Je bent wie je kent? Buurtgebonden sociale contacten, socialisering en sociale mobiliteit in een Haagse achterstandswijk. In R. van Kempen, & S. Musterd (Eds.), De stadsbuurt: Ontwikkeling en betekenis (pp. 109-120). Assen: Van Gorcum. [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M. (2007). Localised social networks, socialisation and social mobility in a low-income neighbourhood in the Netherlands. Urban Studies, 44(13), 2587-2604. https://doi.org/10.1080/00420980701558384 [details]

    2006

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2006). Inkomenssegregatie in Nederlandse steden. In C. H. Mulder, & F. M. Pinkster (Eds.), Onderscheid in wonen; Het sociale van binnen en buiten (pp. 99-122). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2006

    • Mulder, C. H., & Pinkster, F. M. (2006). Onderscheid in wonen: Het sociale van binnen en buiten. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2002

    • Pinkster, F. M., & van Kempen, R. (2002). Leefstijlen en woonmilieuvoorkeuren. Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht.

    2019

    2017

    • Ferier, M., Pinkster, F., Hoekstra, M., & Noom, A. (2017). Wonen in een beruchte buurt. Agora, 33(4), 20-23. [details]

    2012

    2011

    • Pinkster, F. (2011). Buurtbinding en verhuismotieven. In K. Wittebrood, & M. Permentier (Eds.), Wonen, wijken en interventies: krachtwijkenbeleid in perspectief (pp. 73-95). (SCP-publicatie; No. 2011-12). Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau. [details]
    • Wittebrood, K., Permentier, M., & Pinkster, F. (2011). Wonen, wijken & interventies: krachtwijkenbeleid in perspectief. (SCP-publicatie; No. 2011-12). Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau. [details]

    2009

    • Pinkster, F. M. (2009). De dubbele betekenis van sociale contacten in een probleemwijk. Geografie, 18(6), 21-23. [details]

    2005

    • Musterd, S., & Pinkster, F. M. (2005). Buurteffecten en beleidsinterventies; over integratie, sociale netwerken en beleid. City journal: wetenschappelijk tijdschrift voor stedelijk onderzoek in de praktijk, 1(1), 13-19. [details]

    2004

    • Aalbers, M. B., Bodaar, A., Kloosterman, R. C., & Pinkster, F. M. (2004). Sex in de stad. Rooilijn, 37(7), 316-318. [details]
    • Kloosterman, R. C., Aalbers, M. B., Bodaar, A., & Pinkster, F. M. (2004). Special issue of ‘Sex and the City. Rooilijn, 37(7), 316-318. [details]
    • Leidelmeijer, K., & Pinkster, F. M. (2004). Leefbaarheid van wijken. Rooilijn, 37(6), 301-306. [details]
    • Pinkster, F. M., & van Kempen, R. (2004). Vraagtekens bij leefstijlen.De waarde van leefstijlen als leidraad voor woningbouw. Agora, 20(3), 40-44. [details]

    2003

    • Bertolini, L., Dukes, M. J. M., Majoor, S. J. H., & Pinkster, F. M. (2003). Welkom in Noord! Rooilijn, 36(4), 165. [details]

    Media appearance

    • Pinkster, F. (03-02-2020). Arm en Rijk mengen lost problemen in achterstandswijken juist niet op Trouw. Arm en Rijk mengen lost problemen in achterstandswijken juist niet op.
    • Pinkster, F. (18-06-2019). Gentrificatie in Zuidoost? [Television] AT5. Gentrificeert de Bijlmer?.
    • Pinkster, F. M. (31-05-2017). Centrumbewoner raakt vervreemd van eigen buurt [Print] Parool. Centrumbewoner raakt vervreemd van eigen buurt (Parool).
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  • Ancillary activities
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