Ronald van Kempen (1958-2016) was the Coordinator of DIVERCITIES. He was a Professor of Urban Geography at Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences. He held an MA in Urban Geography (1986) and a PhD in Urban Geography (1992). As a researcher he most recently focused on urban spatial segregation, neighbourhood developments, urban governance and its effects on neighbourhoods and residents, social exclusion, and minority ethnic groups. He has coordinated several large projects including the EU 5th-Framework RESTATE project (the comparison and future of 29 post-WWII housing estates in ten European countries).
Anouk Tersteeg is an urban geographer at Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences. She obtained an interdisciplinary BSc in Bèta-Gamma studies and an MSc(Res) in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. For her master thesis, she conducted a comparative study of resident experiences of social distances in newly-built, fine-grained, mixed-tenure housing projects in Amsterdam and Glasgow. She has also studied and conducted research in Bangkok, Thailand and Glasgow, Scotland. Her main research interests include urban regeneration, social mix, (ethnic) entrepreneurship, neighbourhood change and socio-spatial inequality.
Maria Budnik is an urban geographer at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. She obtained her master’s degree (MSc) at the University of Leipzig with a special focus on urban development. For her thesis she conducted a case study on institutional perceptions of displacement and resettlement in the contexts of urban planning and climate change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she undertook fieldwork. She also studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her main research interests include neoliberal urban development and the associated consequences for urban populations.
Sarissa Napolitano holds a MA in Management of Social Policies and Intercultural Mediation from the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, and a BA in Languages, Cultures and Institutions of Mediterranean Countries from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. For her master thesis, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork on cultural diversity and its positive effects on social cohesion in European cities, and on grassroots initiatives helping this process, with a case study in Milan. Her main research interests include participatory urban governance, grassroots initiatives, urban activism, urban diversity, social cohesion, urban ethnography.
Jamie Kesten is a Research Associate at The Bartlett School of Planning. He holds a BA (Hons) in American Studies from Brunel University (2004), an MSc in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism from the University of Bristol (2006) and a PhD in Multiculture, Community and Social Inclusion in New City Spaces from the Open University (2012). His research interests include ethnicity, race, multiculture and multicultural policy-making; community, place, belonging and social mix.