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Urban Studies

Academic staff

Urban Studies (Research MSc)

The Research Master Urban Studies is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research at UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Centre for Urban Studies.

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research

Centre for Urban Studies

Richard Ronald
Photographer: Bram Belloni

Richard Ronald

The director of the Research Master Urban Studies is Richard Ronald.

Richard Ronald is Professor of Housing, Society and Space in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development and at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His main research interests include

  • Housing markets and housing systems
  • Housing policy and welfare states
  • Relationships between families, households and social change
  • Urban singles - urban life-courses - urban lifestyles
  • Family change and urban transformations
  • Home and housing

Richard is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Among other functions, he is the editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, coordinator of the Home Ownership and Globalization Working Group of the European Network for Housing Research and Co-editor of the Palgrave book series, 'The Contemporary City'.

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Marco Bontje
Marco Bontje

Marco Bontje

The Fieldwork and Exchange coordinator of the Research Master Urban Studies is Marco Bontje.

Marco Bontje is assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. His specialisation is urban geography. His research interests include the spatial, social, economic and institutional conditions for successful creative knowledge cities in Europe; national and regional spatial planning strategies; shrinking cities; gentrification; and sustainable urban and regional development.

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Courses lectured by Marco Bontje

J.C. Rath
Jan Rath

Jan Rath

Prof. Jan Rath received his MA Degree in cultural anthropology and urban studies and his PhD from Utrecht University. He is now Professor of Urban and Migration Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Until 2011 he was Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), now part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. He is, moreover, involved in the European Research Network IMISCOE and the European Chair of International Metropolis.

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Robert Kloosterman
Robert Kloosterman

Robert Kloosterman

Robert Kloosterman is Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He leads the AISSR programme group Geographies of Globalization. He was the Director of the Amsterdam Institute of Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt), Universiteit van Amsterdam from 2003 to 2008. He is also Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

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Fenne Pinkster
Fenne Pinkster

Fenne Pinkster

As researcher I am affiliated to the Center for Urban Studies and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in what I call the the geography of everyday life in cities and how the lives of residents are affected by - and also contribute to - macro-processes of polarization, segregation and fragmentation in urban space. In particular, I have studied whether and how neighborhoods may form meaningful places for residents, taking their experiences as a starting point.

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L. Bertolini
Luca Bertolini

Luca Bertolini

My research and teaching focus on the integration of transport and land use planning, on methods for supporting the option-generation phase of the planning process, on concepts for coping with uncertainty in planning, and on ways of enhancing theory-practice interaction. Main publication topics include planning for sustainable accessibility in urban regions, conceptualizing urbanism in the network society, and the application of evolutionary theories to planning. 

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prof. dr. E.R. (Ewald) Engelen
Ewald Engelen. Photo: Jeroen Oerlemans

Ewald Engelen

Ewald Engelen is professor in Financial Geography in the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He writes collumns for a newsmagazine   De Groene Amsterdammer and a daily newspaper Het Parool. Ewald Engelen has written several books, including  Het bange Nederland (2008) en  Een ongeluk in slowmotion (2012). 

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