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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 42
Results: 1 - 30 of 42
  • WPS No.42 | Druta, O. & Ronald, R. (2019) | (Re)inventing single living: Tokyo share houses as commodified, individualized sharing

    In context of increasing housing market pressures and an international swell in the formation of non-family households, especially among younger-adults, this paper examines share house (shea-hausu), an increasingly popular form of private rental ...

  • WPS No.41 | Törnberg, P. (2019) | Dark Disneyfication: Staging Authenticity on Airbnb

    Urban areas around the world are currently seeing a surge in tourists on the hunt for “real urban experiences”: off-the-beaten-track, everyday and mundane urban life, seen as representing something “real” and “authentic” – with New York City, and ...

  • WPS No.40 | Törnberg, P. & Chiappini, L. (2019) | Selling black places on Airbnb: Colonial discourse and the marketing of black communities in New York City

    Airbnb has recently become a growing topic of both concern and interest for urban researchers, policymakers, and activists. Previous research has emphasized Airbnb’s economic impact and as a driver of residential gentrification, but Airbnb also ...

  • WPS No.39 | Boy, J.D. & Uitermark, J. (2019) |Lifestyle enclaves in the Instagram city?

    Echo chambers and filter bubbles are becoming part of a new master narrative about social media. Commentators and scholars worry that, since social media enable assortative social ties among those who share a common identity, they fortify ...

  • WPS No.38 | Pinkster, F.M., Ferier, M. and M. Hoekstra (2019) | On the stickiness of territorial stigma: diverging experiences in Amsterdam’s most notorious neighborhood

    In Western Europe, a select number of “ghettos” are at the forefront of public anxieties about urban inequality and failed integration. These notorious neighborhoods at the bottom of the moral spatial order, are imagined as different and ...

  • WPS No.37 | Hochstenbach, C. & S. Musterd (2019) | The suburbanization, segregation and changing geography of different forms of poverty in Dutch metropolitan regions

    Recent urban studies show increasing interest in the segregation and changing geography of poor households across European and North American cities. However, these studies tend to rely on relatively crude categorizations of poor populations, ...

  • WPS No.36 | Hochstenbach, C. & R. Arundel (2019) | Spatial housing-market polarization: diverging house values in the Netherlands

    Housing is central in the reproduction of social inequalities. Beyond divides across populations, trends point to intensifying polarization in housing-market dynamics across space. Nonetheless, little systematic evidence exists on the spatial ...

  • 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 ...