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Urban Studies Blog Series

Centre for Urban Studies

Results: 1 - 20 of 66
Results: 1 - 20 of 66
  • Towards a Centre for Urban Studies Agenda for Future Smart Cities

    The Urban Mobility Futures team organised a three-day, online workshop (November 12, November 24, December 17) in which all colleagues of the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) of the UvA were invited to develop a joint research agenda around Smart City development together with AM Urban Development and BAM Infra.

  • A toolbox for inclusive bicycle infrastructure, with a vision for human-oriented mobility

    If you’ve been on the streets of any Dutch city, you’ve probably noticed a good number of people cycling. Perhaps, you’ve also noticed the diversity of the people cycling and their riding styles.

  • Negotiating between Urban Planners, Developers, and Investors

    The recent embrace of urban mixed-use development projects by the world of commercial real estate, appears as a victorious result for some urban planners. They endlessly feel that they are advocating for more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods and cities that fight the monocultural development paradigm of the post-World War II era in much of the Western world.

  • Covid-19 and Hospitality Properties: Implications for the Current Crisis and Understanding Property Market Actors

    In the third session of the Property Webinar Series COVID-19 and Risk Assessments on Hospitality Property Holding Decisions, we explored the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic recession on hospitality properties and how the current crisis differs from the global financial crisis.

  • Moving Forward: Opportunities and Experiences Gained During My Fellowship

    Being awarded the Centre for Urban Studies Fellowship Writing Grant in 2019 gave me the opportunity to kickstart my career as a PhD student. During the 3-month fellowship, I worked closely with my supervisors Prof. Tuna Tasan-Kok, Dr. Sara Özogul, and Dr. Gert-Joost Peek to develop my research proposal. My research focuses on exploring planning instruments to capture social value in the governance of property development.

  • Who are Property Investment Managers and How do They Influence Urban Development?

    In the last decade, investment managers rose to the most influential investor type in Amsterdam’s property market. Existing urban studies and urban planning literature, however, has surprisingly little to say about investment managers. In fact, urban studies and planning scholars rarely differentiate property investors.

  • Living in the Pandemic City - by Fenne M. Pinkster

    The emergence of Covid-19 has had an unimaginable impact on city life, and Amsterdam is no exception. Especially in the first months of the ‘intelligent lockdown’ the city fell silent. Residents’ lives were rescaled to their homes and the local neighborhood, as schools, work places and urban amenities – from hair salons and cafes to museums and concert halls – closed. With the disappearance of the familiar hordes of visitors and commuters, the city center remained empty.

  • Can Corporate Social Responsibility Play a Role in Advancing Social Value in Property Development? - by Nagwa Kady

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been widely adopted by the property industry in recent years. The Global Financial Crisis (2008), Sustainable Development Goals (2016), and the Paris Agreement (2016) have all played a significant role in pushing CSR forward to improve the quality of life in cities. However, businesses have used CSR primarily to focus on environmental policies and organizational governance, leaving out the social dimensions of the concept and their effects on cities largely open for interpretation.

  • Life after PhD: Fellowship Experiences at the Centre for Urban Studies - by Gökçe Sanul

    Although completing a PhD sounds like an ending, it is also the beginning of a new story. However, starting the next chapter is not very easy in the current academic field which is highly precarious and competitive for newly graduated PhDs.

  • What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic about how people experience working from home and commuting? - by Ori Rubin, Anna Nikolaeva, Samuel Nello-Deakin and Marco te Brömmelstroet

    This blog is part of the CUS-COVID-19 Blog Series.

  • Airbnb and Covid-19: Capturing the Value of the Crisis - by Jelke Bosma

    This blog is part of the CUS-COVID-19 Blog Series.

  • Working from home as an alternative to commuting - - by Samuel Nello Deakin, Anna Nikolaeva & Ori Rubin.

    This blog is part of the CUS-COVID-19 Blog Series.

  • ILLICITIES: City-Making and Organized Crime | An Introduction - by Frank Müller & Julienne Weegels

    The research network ILLICITIES explores the ways in which heterogeneous governance actors, including licit and illicit actors, co-produce cities. Provoked by Charles Tilly’s analogy of state-making and organized crime, we aim at a better understanding of the urban and material conditions of the crime/state-making nexus.

  • The City Unfinished
    Introducing The City Unfinished, a Podcast Experiment - by Carolina Maurity Frossard

    Brought to you by an enthusiastic group of podcasting newbies, The City Unfinished is a podcast experiment that brings together urban researchers and residents around the political practices, tensions and challenges shaping our cities today.

  • Property investors as new public enemies? - The dangers of scapegoating in urban knowledge frontiers - by Tuna Tasan-Kok & Sara Özogul

    Hardly a day goes by without another dooming headline on property investors taking over our cities. Yes, we do live in the age of financialisation. And yes, financial motives have crept into our governing institutions. But the situation is extremely complex. Blaming one actor group in urban development is the easy way out, not a solution.

  • Els de Graauw
    NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca Visits and Learns From Amsterdam - by Els de Graauw & Floris Vermeulen

  • 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, he has explored inner landscapes of love, happiness, loneliness, abandonment and despair, but he also dealt with the world outside. He has sung about social divisions, racial strife, the plight of downtrodden groups as Vietnam veterans and undocumented migrants. He has, moreover, specifically addressed key urban studies themes such as street life, urban decay and deindustrialisation in his songs. Within the domain of popular music, his work stands out because of its recurrent explicit and rich depiction of urban landscapes in a highly productive career which now spans nearly five decades.

  • 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, Mr. van Poelgeest, at the Amsterdam Academic Club. Motto: The Republic of Amsterdam. The club is situated in the heart of the medieval city in an old historic building at one of the canals. The deputy mayor wanted to know whether he should focus on attracting business or spend his money on amenities and housing. In the light of the economic crisis, he told the social scientists, he had been keen on this, so they had to give him sound advice.

  • 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 inspired by urban social movements’, urban politics’ and municipalism analytical frames (Nicholls et al. 2013; Nicholls and Uistermark 2017; Ozdemir and Eraydin 2017; Domaradzka and Wijkstrom 2016; Dikeç and Swyngedouw 2017), this blog argues that three elements determine the organization of collective action for emancipatory politics in cities.