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dr. N. (Nanke) Verloo

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Urban Planning
Photographer: Merijn Soeters

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B4.15
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Nanke is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning. Her work specializes in processes of urban governance, conflict, citizen participation, and in- and exclusion of marginalized groups. She is trained in Anthropology and Public Policy. Her research and teaching take an interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach to 'planning for inclusive cities'. 

    She is interested in participatory planning and the interaction between top-down and bottom-up efforts to democratize urban development processes. She specifically looks at the role of ‘informal politics’ as a crucial aspect of participation. To study how informality takes shape in both the Global North and South, her study takes a comparative approach across institutional contexts. Her work contributes to debates on critical urban studies and interpretive policy analyses by using ethnographic and storytelling methodologies that are embedded in the lived experience of stakeholders in the city. She is committed to valorize her results with and for stakeholders in the field.

    Nanke is a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the 'Tijdschrift voor sociale vraagstukken' and 'Beleid en Maatschappij'. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Public Mediation Program and as lecturer in Conflict Studies in the Bachelor and Master of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. During her PhD research she was a visiting fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University, USA. Her PhD dissertation (Cum Laude) was awarded with the Van Poelje prize of best dissertation in Public Policy 2015. The study reveals if, when, how, and where episodes of urban conflict can be understood as moments of opportunity for ‘negotiated democracy’. In 2019, she received an individual research grant (VENI) from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for her project entitled ‘Strengthening democracy beyond ‘participation’: informal politics and inclusive urban development’ on which she will work from 2020 – 2024. 

    Interests

    • Urban governance
    • Citizen participation 
    • In- and exclusion 
    • Informal Politics
    • Qualitative Research Methods, Ethnography, Storytelling  
  • Research Projects

    Strengthening democracy beyond ‘participation’: informal politics and inclusive urban development. (2020 – 2024)
    Citizens who experience social and geographic exclusion often have difficulty influencing local decision making on urban planning, and this experience can reinforce dissatisfaction with the democratic system and foster societal fragmentation. Although local governments around the world increasingly seek to involve citizens in decision making, studies show that formal participatory processes still fail to include all citizens. This project turns a lens onto the informal politics by which marginalized citizens already claim their ‘right to the city’, so that those practices can be better recognized by urban planners and their concerns can be heard. How do relatively marginalized citizens informally claim their right to the city in ways that are not recognized by formal participation efforts? How do these informal politics shape formal processes of participation? How can these informal ways be better included in participatory planning?

    The project contributes to the scholarship of ‘participation’ by theorizing informal politics via contrasting ethnographic case studies of citizens’ politics in response to participatory urban development projects, in the distinct institutional contexts of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), where participation is highly regulated, and Bogotá (Colombia), where experimental efforts seek to creatively involve citizens. In-depth field research examines informal politics around the edges of formal meetings, in street-level encounters between citizens and public officials, and in other settings, and how these encounters shape formal participatory processes. The research design challenges two taken-for-granted ideas: that informality in politics is a Southern phenomenon and that citizen involvement is better organized in welfare states. Further, the comparison will illuminate how state institutional frameworks variously enable or constrain citizen participation. Using an innovative approach to the methodology of political ethnography, I involve local stakeholders in knowledge production and utilization, to ultimately generate multi-dimensional understandings of participation from below and above.
    This project is funded by an individual research grant (VENI) of the Dutch Research Council (NWO). 

    Book project City Methods (2019 – 2020) 
    I am currently working as the executive director of a book project on 'City Methods' together with Luca Bertolini and Lucy Wenting. In this project we bring together interdisciplinary methodologies to study the city. The book is part of the IIS series 'Perspectives on interdisciplinarity' and under contract with Amsterdam University Press.
    This project is funded by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).

    Commoning Amsterdam’s Future (2019 – 2020) 
    Together with Fenne Pinkster (UvA), Virginie Mamadouh (UvA), and documentary filmmaker Julia Strijland (Momo productions), we assess Amsterdam’s future through the eyes, experiences and stories of Amsterdam citizens from all walks of life. The city of Amsterdam is quickly expanding, posing new challenges to create plans for the future that foster the wide array of interests and dreams of the people of Amsterdam. Strategic plans like the StructuurvisieKoers 2025and Omgevingsvisiesteer urban planning practices in the years to come. While such planning strategies have traditionally been top-down, the municipality now aims to include bottom-up experiences and interests of various stakeholders like residents, entrepreneurs, and professionals. While projects aim at engaging citizens, we believe that they are 1) limited to the more central neighborhood in the city, and 2) tend to cater to the more affluent citizens who raise issues by themselves and are comfortable speaking in formal public meetings. Our project aims to ‘common Amsterdam’s future’ from the bottom-up by including a group of citizens that has so far remained ‘outside’ of the planning process and wider discussions about the city’s plans for the future. Storytelling workshops result in a documentary that highlights the perspective of citizens in envisioning Amsterdam’s future. 
    This project is funded by a Seed Grant XL of the Center for Urban Studies (CUS).

  • Teaching

    Master

    Since 2019: 'Planning Research: empirical research methods and techniques', Master Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. (coordinator/lecturer together with dr. R. Arundel)

    2016, 2017: 'Qualitative Research Methods', Master Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. (lecturer together with dr. F. Savini, dr. A. Zorlu, and R. Arundel)

    2013, 2014, 2015: 'Analyzing Identity-Based Conflict', Master in Public Policy, International Relations, and Conflict Resolution and Governance, Graduate School for Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam (lecturer)

    2013, 2014, 2015: 'Research Seminar', Master Conflict Resolution and Governance, Graduate School for Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, (lecturer together with Dr. David Laws)

    2013, 2014, 2015: 'Thesis supervision', Master Conflict Resolution and Governance, Graduate School for Social Sciences (GSSS), University of Amsterdam  (supervisor) 

    2012: 'Practice Seminar', Master Conflict Resulution and Governance, Graduate School for Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam (lecturer together with Dr. David Laws)

    2012: Series of lectures on 'Performance and narrative in conflict' , George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), Center for the Study of Narrative in Conflict, (visiting scholar)

    2011: 'Short Intensive Course on neighborhood research', for PhD students, AISSR, University of Amsterdam (founder and organizer with dr. Emma Folmer)

    Bachelor

    Since 2018: 'Methods and Techniques 2', Bachelor Social Geography and Planning, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. (coordinator/lecturer together with dr. A. Zorlu and dr. E. Veldhuizen)

    Since 2016: 'Spatial Interventions', Bachelor Social Geography and Planning, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. (coordinator/lecturer together with dr. F. Savini)

    2016/2017: 'The image of the modern city', Honours course, University of Amsterdam. (lecturer together with Dr. W. van Gent)

    2016, 2017, 2018: 'Spatial Planning and Design', Bachelor Social Geography and Planning, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam. (coordinator/lecturer) 

    2016, 2017: 'Inequality: policy and conflict', Bachelor thesis project, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam (lecturer/supervisor together with C. Hochstenbach)

    2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015: 'Introduction to Conflict Studies', Bachelor Political Science, department of political sciences, University of Amsterdam (coordinator and lecturer)

  • Publications

    2019

    • Hochstenbach, C., & Verloo, N. (2019). Introductie bij het themanummer: een drieluik van groeiende woonongelijkheid. B en M : Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij, 46(3), 321-328. https://doi.org/10.5553/BenM/138900692019046003001
    • Studulski , R., & Verloo, N. (2019). Het asielzoekerscentrum als buurthuis? Over vrijwilligerswerk in asielzoekerscentra in Amsterdam en Brussel. B en M : Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij, 46(1), 65-84. https://doi.org/10.5553/BenM/138900692019046001006 [details]
    • Verloo, N. (2019). Captured by bureaucracy: street-level professionals mediating past, present, and future knowledge. In M. Raco, & F. Savini (Eds.), Planning and Knowledge: How New Forms of Technocracy Are Shaping Contemporary Cities (pp. 75). Policy Press.

    2018

    • Verloo, N. (2018). Conflict als democratische kans: Handelingsrepertoire voor publieke conflicten. In S. L. de Lange, & J. Zuure (Eds.), #Woest: De kracht van verontwaardiging (pp. 272-288). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]
    • Verloo, N. (2018). Governing the global locally: Agonistic democracy practices in The Hague’s Schilderswijk. Urban Studies, 55(11), 2354-2371. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098017732715 [details]
    • Verloo, N. (2018). Social-spatial narrative: A framework to analyze the democratic opportunity of conflict. Political Geography, 62, 137-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.11.001 [details]

    2017

    • Verloo, N. (2017). Learning from informality? Rethinking the mismatch between formal policy strategies and informal tactics of citizenship. Current sociology, 65(2), 167-181. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392116657287 [details]
    • Verloo, N. (2017). Strijd om de straat in de Amsterdamse Wallen. Rooilijn, 50(1), 8-17. [details]

    2015

    • Verloo, N. (2015). "Develop stories, develop communities: Narrative Practice to analyze and engage in Urban conflict". In E. Gualini (Ed.), Planning/Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments Routledge Publishing.

    2010

    • Laws, D., Verloo, N., & Poorter, M. (2010). Kennis voor beleid: verkopen of verknopen? = Knowledge for policy: hard sell or collaborative effort? In M. Hajer, J. Grijzen, & S. van 't Klooster (Eds.), Sterke verhalen: hoe Nederland de planologie opnieuw uitvindt = Strong stories: how the Dutch are reinventing spatial planning (pp. 72-81). (Design and Politics; No. 3). Rotterdam: 010. [details]

    2012

    • Verloo, N. (2012). De tasjesdief: lessen uit een tragedie. (Buurten, spanningen en conflicten; No. casus editie 1). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centrum voor Conflict Studies. [details]
    • Verloo, N. (2012). Een inkijkje in de onzichtbare stad: alledaagse spanningen en latent conflict rondom het Zwanenvechtplein. (Buurten, spanningen en conflicten. Casus editie; No. 3). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Center for Conflictstudies. [details]

    2011

    • Verloo, N. (2011). Rethinking maakbaarheid: van maken 'voor' naar maken 'met'. (Buurten, spanningen en conflicten; No. thema editie 1). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centrum voor Conflictstudies. [details]

    2016

    • Verloo, N., Lodder, N., de Gooijer, H., Laws, D., & Kuitenbrouwer, M. (2016). Speeltuinen, burgers en participatie: reflecties op kritieke momenten in Amsterdam Oost. Amsterdam: Gemeente Amsterdam. [details]

    2014

    • Verloo, N. (2014). "WeesFietsKnippen. Een Amsterdamse Participatie Tragedie". Gemeente Amsterdam: Gemeente Amsterdam.

    2012

    • Verloo, N., Ter Hoeven, S., & Laws, D. W. (2012). Evaluatie van het Buurt Praktijk Team, Amsterdam West. Stadsdeel Amsterdam West.

    Award

    • Verloo, N. (2016). G.A. van Poeljeprijs - beste dissertatie van 2015 ('Negotiating urban conflict: Conflicts as opportunity for urban democracy').

    Media appearance

    • Verloo, N. (23-10-2016). Drukte in de Binnenstad [Radio] Radio Swammerdam. Drukte in de Binnenstad.
    • Verloo, N. (02-03-2016). Ben niet bang voor de boze burger. [Print] Het Parool. Ben niet bang voor de boze burger.
    • Verloo, N. (14-10-2015). Nanke Verloo en de kunst van het luisteren. [Print] Tijdschrift voor Sociale Vraagstukken. Nanke Verloo en de kunst van het luisteren..
    • Verloo, N. (02-03-2014). Fietsen en Weesfietsen in Amsterdam [Radio] Radio 1. Fietsen en Weesfietsen in Amsterdam.

    Journal editor

    • Verloo, N. (member of editorial board) (2017-2018). Beleid & Maatschappij (Journal).
    • Verloo, N. (member of editorial board) (2016-). Tijdschrift voor Sociale Vraagstukken (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Verloo, N. (keynote speaker) (22-10-2018). Omgaan met de boze burger, ProDemos Huis voor Democratie en Rechtsstaat.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (26-9-2018). Het hart op de tong: emoties in de politiek., UvA/Spui 25.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (6-9-2018). New Democracy #31 Overcoming Social Divisions, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (12-7-2017). Wallenconferentie, Compagnie Theater Amsterdam, De Oude Stadt.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (18-11-2016). Knowledge for the city. Panel on urban security., Knowledge for the city, Amsterdam.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (14-11-2016). New Urban Agenda #2: UN Habitat Urban Labs., Debate Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (25-10-2016). The city as a Lab: Creating Meaningful Encounters in Cities of Diversity., The city as a Lab: Creating Meaningful Encounters in Cities of Diversity, Amsterdam.
    • Verloo, N. (keynote speaker) (10-6-2016). De rol van conflict in democratische ontwikkeling., ProDemos symposium gedeelde waarden., Utrecht .
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (18-12-2015). Welkom in de Participatie Samenleving. Hoe gaan gemeenten om met de Spagaat?, Movisie Kerstdebat, Utrecht.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (6-11-2015). Participatie in de praktijk., Nationaal Laboratorium Burgers, Buitenlui en Beleidsmakers, Amsterdam.
    • Verloo, N. (keynote speaker) (17-4-2015). Conflict als kans voor democratische besluitvorming., Dorknoper Congres, Groningen .
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (1-11-2012). 'Understanding power dynamics in the build environment', Guest lecture, Harvard School for Design, Cambridge (MA), USA.
    • Laws, D. W. (invited speaker), Verloo, N. (invited speaker), Janssens, F. (invited speaker) & Halfman, I. (invited speaker) (29-3-2012). Presentation of research findings, Presentation for Cornell University, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (2012). Series of Guest lectures in 'Urban Conflict Negotiation' (September-December 2012), School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), George Mason University, Arlington (VA), USA.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (1-11-2011). Guest lecture on 'Bag-Snatcher case', training course How to Turn Places Around, Project on Public Spaces, New York City, USA.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (14-4-2011). Presentation "Ypenburg: lessen uit een 'Socio-Spatial Narrative'", symposium voor ambtenaren, Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken Den Haag.
    • Laws, D. W. (invited speaker), Verloo, N. (invited speaker), Janssens, F. (invited speaker) & Halfman, I. (invited speaker) (28-3-2011). Presentation of research findings, Presentation for Cornell University, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) (25-3-2011). Understanding Conflict as a Socio-Spatial Narrative, Presentation of PhD Research, George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Washington D.C., USA.
    • Laws, D. W. (invited speaker), Verloo, N. (invited speaker), Janssens, F. (invited speaker) & Halfman, I. (invited speaker) (24-3-2011). Presentation of case studies, Presentations for Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Washington D.C..
    • Laws, D. W. (invited speaker), Janssens, F. (invited speaker), Verloo, N. (invited speaker) & Halfman, I. (invited speaker) (22-3-2011). Harvard Program on Negotiation, presentations of findings, Harvard Program on Negotiation, Boston.
    • Verloo, N. (invited speaker) & Cobb, S. (invited speaker) (17-6-2010). Professionals Training in series Rethinking maakbaarheid "Making Stories, Making Communities", Training Professionals, Municipality The Hague.

    Others

    • Verloo, N. (chair), van Gent, W. (member of programme committee) & Kamphuisen, H. R. (member of programme committee) (15-6-2016). New democracy, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Public Debate on New Urban Renewal (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Verloo, N. (visiting researcher) (2012). George Mason University, Arlington (VA), USA (visiting an external institution).
    • Laws, D. W. (organiser), Verloo, N. (organiser), Janssens, F. (organiser), Halfman, I. (organiser) & Klaverweide, M. (organiser) (2012). Eindsymposium onderzoeksproject Buurten, Spanningen en Conflicten, Amsterdam. Symposium Rethinking Maakbaarheid (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2015

    • Verloo, N. (2015). Negotiating urban conflict: Conflicts as opportunity for urban democracy. [details]
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