Researchers

THE NETHERLANDS | UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Ronald van Kempen

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).

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Gideon Bolt is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, Methods and Techniques and holds a PhD from Utrecht University. He is the Coordinator of DIVERCITIES. His research focuses on urban policy, residential segregation, and neighbourhood choice. He is the editor of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. He has been guest (co-)editor of four recent special issues closely linked to the subject of this project: Combating residential segregation of ethnic minorities (Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 2009), Housing policy and (de)segregation: An international perspective (Housing Studies 2010), Linking integration and residential segregation (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2010), Mixing Neighbourhoods: Success or Failure? (Cities, 2013).

Anouk-Tersteeg

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.

AUSTRIA | UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Yuri-Kazepov

Yuri Kazepov is Principal Investigator of UNIVIE research unit and is Professor of Comparative Social Policies and International Urban Sociology. He directed the MA in Social Policy Management and the European Master in Comparative Urban Studies at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, where he was also director of CRISEL (research and service centre for e-learning). He has been Scientific Coordinator of the project Rescaling of Social Welfare Policy in Europe and Principal Investigator in several FP-funded research projects, mainly in the fields of welfare, governance and urban studies. From 2010 to 2014 he was the President of RC21 on Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association.

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Ryan Jepson

Ryan Jepson is an urban researcher and PhD candidate in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vienna. He studied human geography at the University of Tübingen in Germany (MA) and environmental science at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and ETH Zurich (BSc). His research interests are broad and include urbanization and urban spatial theory, practices of everyday life, rhythmanalysis, body and biopolitics and forms and practices of cooperation.

Lukas-Alexander

Lukas Alexander is a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Vienna, where he is also studying sociology and political science which he began in 2012. His broad research interests include social politics, labour-market policies and urbanisation.

Mirjam Pot

Mirjam Pot is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. She holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Vienna and an MSc in Urban Geography from the University of Utrecht. Her work is focused around politics & culture, Eastern European studies and critical urban research.

BELGIUM | UNIVERSITY OF ANTWERP

Stijn Oosterlincks

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He holds MAs in Sociology from Ghent University (2001) and Lancaster University (2002) and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University (2008). His research focuses on the politics of urban development, social urban renewal, solidarity in diversity and social innovation and the restructuring of the welfare state. He is involved in several research projects, amongst others the FP7 project Improve (Poverty reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation) and DieGem (Diversity and Community Development).

Gert-Verschraegen

Gert Verschraegen is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He studied Sociology, Philosophy and International Political Economy at the Universities of Leuven and Hull and received a PhD in Social Sciences (2000) from the University of Leuven. Before joining Antwerp University, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (2003-2009) at the Centre for Sociological Studies (CeSO), KULeuven, Assistant Professor at CEPS-INSTEAD, Luxembourg (2001-2002) and a visiting fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2009). His main research interests are in the fields of general sociology, cultural sociology and sociology of knowledge.

Danielle-Dierckx

Danielle Dierckx is Director of the Policy Research Center on Poverty and Lecturer in sociology and social work at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is the promoter of many research projects at the Centre on Poverty, Inequality, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS). Her research interests are situated in the fields of poverty, social inclusion, governance, policy analysis and the role of civil society organisations in the welfare state. She is a member of the COST Action on ‘welfare states, social services and place’ and of the EU-FP7-jury.

Arne-Saeys

Arne Saeys holds MAs in Social & Cultural Anthropology (2007) and Psychology (2004), both from the University of Leuven. Previously, he has been an Early Stage Researcher at the Kadir Has University in Turkey (2007-2010) in the framework of the European research project The Integration of the European Second Generation.

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Ympkje Albeda holds an MSc in Sociology and a Master in Constitutional & Administrative Law. Her research interests include urbanisation, suburbanisation, community dynamics and migration.

DENMARK | AALBORG UNIVERSITY

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Hans Thor Andersen is Director of Research at the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University and Head of Department of Town, Housing and Property. He finished his PhD-thesis in 1985 on urban theory and politics (University of Copenhagen) and received his habilitation in 2005. He was Director of the Centre for Strategic Urban Research at the University of Copenhagen 2005-2009.

Rikke-Skovgaard-Nielsen

Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen is a researcher at the Danish Building Research Institute. She finished her PhD thesis in 2014, focusing on the housing careers of Somalis and Turks in the Danish housing market. With a background in sociology, her research interests lie with the sociological aspects of housing, the housing market and settlement patterns of different groups. Rikke has a strong methodological research background working with both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as conducting mixed methods and comparative studies.

Anne-Winther-Beckman

Anne Winther Beckman is a research assistant at the Danish Building Research Institute. She holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen and her research interests include housing careers, settlement patterns and spatial segregation of different groups in society. For her master’s thesis she looked into the widely-held view that cities are unfit places for children to grow up in and analysed families living in Copenhagen. The thesis showed that not only economic factors, but also cultural, social and structural factors affect settlement patterns of Copenhagen families.

Vigdis-Blach

Vigdis Blach is a research assistant at the Danish Building Research Institute. She holds a BA in Sociology and graduated in spring 2015 with a MSc in “City, Housing and Settlement Patterns” a master programme of the Danish Building Research Institute and the University of Aalborg. She has worked at the Danish Building Research Institute since 2013.

ESTONIA | UNIVERSITY OF TARTU

Tiit-Tammaru

Tiit Tammaru is the Coordinator of the DIVERCITIES Estonia team. He is a Professor of Population and Urban Geography at University of Tartu, Department of Geography. His current research focuses on social and ethnic differences in migration, housing and residential segregation in Estonia and other cities in Eastern Europe.

Kadri Leetma

Kadri Leetmaa is a researcher in Human Geography at the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. She holds an MSc in Human Geography (2005) and a PhD in Human Geography (2008) from the University of Tartu. Her main research fields have been related to urban social geography including migration and residential mobility, residential preferences, suburbanisation, urban planning and transition periods in post-socialist cities. She is currently on a four-year Estonian Science Foundation research grant on domains of inter-ethnic contacts and spatial segregation of ethnic groups in cities.

Anneli-Kahrik

Anneli Kährik is a researcher in Human Geography at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu and the Institute for Housing & Urban Research, University of Uppsala. Anneli holds a MPhil in Human Geography (1999) and a PhD in Human Geography (2006). Her current research focuses on urban spatial segregation, neighbourhood change, residential mobility, housing policy and the spatial impacts of urban governance. She has been involved in several international comparative projects, e.g. the EU 5th-Framework NEHOM project (Neighbourhood Housing Models), Open Society Institute’s LGI funded project on local government and housing in CEE countries, and nationally funded research projects in Estonia.

Kristiina-Kamenik

Kristiina Kamenik is a PhD student in Human Geography at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu. She holds an MSc in Human Geography (2010) from the University of Tartu. Her research focuses on usage of leisure time, specifically in relation to ethnic segregation and segmentation of leisure and on interethnic contacts during leisure time.

Ingmar-Pastak

Ingmar Pastak is a PhD student at University of Tartu, Department of Geography. He holds an MSc in Human Geography (2014) from the University of Tartu. His PhD thesis examines the influence of public and private sector-led urban renewal projects in socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. His main research interests are urban regeneration, urban governance, neighbourhood developments, socio-spatial inequality, and urban diversity.

Johanna-Holvandus

Johanna Holvandus is a PhD student at the University of Tartu, Department of Geography and a junior researcher at the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies. She obtained her BSc in Landscape Architecture at Tallinn University of Technology and holds an MSc in Human Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Tartu. Her main research interests include collaborative planning, neighbourhood change and activism, urban governance and urban diversity.

FRANCE | UNIVERSITY PARIS-EST CRÉTEIL

Christine-Lelevrier

Christine Lelévrier is an Urban Sociologist and Professor at the Paris Institute of Urban planning (UPEC) in charge of international relationships and of the European master Tackling metropolitan challenges in Europe. Her current research focuses on segregation, ethnicity, housing and social mix policies. Since 2011, she is an expert-member of the National Observatory of Urban Sensitive Zones (ONZUS) for the ministry of the city. She led a research program (2004-2011) on the social effects of urban renewal in France and worked on comparative European policies regarding social mix and housing (Spain, Germany, Portugal) in 2006.

Clement-Riviere

Clément Rivière holds a PhD in Sociology obtained jointly from the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (Sciences Po Paris) and the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. His PhD thesis examined the parental supervision of children’s urban practices in contexts of social diversity, on the basis of a comparison between Paris and Milan. He also participated in the drafting of a report on the effects of measures implemented in France to increase flexibility in school catchment areas (Marco Oberti, Edmond Préteceille and Clément Rivière, Les effets de l’assouplissement de la carte scolaire dans la banlieue parisienne, report for HALDE/DEPP, 2012, Sciences Po–OSC).

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Galia Shokry is a PhD student in Urban Planning. She has a Master II in Urban Planning from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris, an MSc in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. She has developed and managed programs for US-based NGOs working in education, intercultural diplomacy and civic participation, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research interests include the construction and contestation of cultural narratives, grassroots planning and neighborhood policies, transnationalism, media and citizenship.

GERMANY | FACHHOCHSCHULE ERFURT

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Katrin Großmann is a professor of urban and spatial sociology at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. Her main research areas focus on neighbourhood change, social segregation and demographic change. She was a consortium member of the EU FP6 project “Shrink Smart”, as well as other national and international research projects concerning socio-demographic aspects of neighbourhood development. She has established long-term contacts with stakeholders in the Leipzig case study areas and has broad experience in qualitative research strategies.

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.

GERMANY | HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH – UFZ

Annegret-Haase

Annegret Haase is an Urban Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, in Leipzig, Germany since 2002. She received her PhD in 2000 examining the postsocialist transition and its regional pathway and peculiarities in southeast Poland. Until 2002, the focus of her research was on the development of border regions, transborder cooperation and national minority issues in East Central Europe. Since 2002, her main fields of research relate to comparative urban development with particular emphasis on trajectories of urban development with a focus on urban shrinkage, residential change, socio-spatial inequalities and governance issues as well as the impact of socio-economic and socio-ecological transformations on the urban space and society.

Katharina Kullmann is a political sociologist at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. She holds a Masters of Sociology with focus on strategies of qualifying local democracy. For her master’s thesis she conducted an empirical study on perspectives of cooperative strategies in local municipalities with regard to new governance instruments. She has worked at the UFZ since 2012 and was involved in the project Leipzig think forward. This project focused on the elaboration of public participation and agenda setting in cooperation with Leipzig’s municipality. Her main research interests include welfare governance, social equality and negotiation in local democracies.

GREECE | NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH (EKKE)

Thomas-Maloutas

Thomas Maloutas is the Co-Coordinator of the Greek team of DIVERCITIES. He is a Professor of Human Geography at the Department of Geography, Harokopio University and the Director of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE). He studied Architecture and Geography in Paris. His research focuses on residential segregation, gentrification, housing and welfare regimes, and social stratification. He has participated in several EU projects (eg. the FP5 NEIGHBOURHOOD GOVERNANCE and the ESPON TIPSE [The Territorial Dimension of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe]) and has extensively published on the social geography of Athens.

Nikos-Souliotis

Nicos Souliotis is the Co-Coordinator of the Greek team of DIVERCITIES. He is a researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, Athens. He holds a PhD in Sociology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2005). His research activity and publications focus on the relations of urban change, consumption and cultural economy and the recent transformations of urban governance in Athens. His research activity and publications focus on the relations of urban change, consumption and cultural economy and the recent transformations of urban governance in Athens.

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Michael Petrou is a researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, Athens. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, 2005). His research interests and publications focus on rural space and rural-urban relationships, particularly on the socioeconomic changes, multifunctionality and socio-spatial recomposition, migration movements and integration into host societies, identity and cultural renegotiations of social actors and rural conflicts in local government.

George Kandylis is a researcher at the National Centre for Social Research, Athens. He holds a PhD in Urban Social Geography (University of Thessaly, Volos, 2005). His research activity and publications focus on urban social structures, immigration and racism.

Dimitris-Balampanidis

Dimitris Balampanidis holds a PhD in Urban Social Geography from Harokopio University of Athens (2016), an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the National Technical University of Athens (2011) and a Diploma in Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008). His research focuses on immigrants’ housing pathways and entrepreneurial activities, ethnic residential segregation and transcultural coexistence, as well as housing policies, urban and regional planning. He has conducted several research projects at the Urban Environment Laboratory (National Technical University of Athens), the research department UMR Géographies-Cités (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, CNRS) and the École Française d’Athènes (EfA).

HUNGARY | UNIVERSITY OF SZEGED

Zoltan-Kovacs

Zoltán Kovács is Professor in Human Geography and Head of Department, Economic and Social Geography at the University of Szeged. His scientific work mainly focuses on urban geography and social segregation with special attention to Budapest and other post-socialist cities. He has been the leader of several research projects funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) and he was the Hungarian partner in various international research projects (e.g. URGE, NEHOM and ACRE) funded by the EU 5th and 6th Framework Programmes. He is the main representative of the Hungarian partner in the DIVERCITIES consortium.

Lajos-Boros

Lajos Boros holds a PhD in Urban Geography and Urban Theory (2008) and he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged. His current research focuses on critical urban geography, socio-spatial exclusion and urban deprivation. He has experiences in international research as he participated in different research projects, for example RE-TURN – Central Europe 2013 program (Financial Manager, Researcher), POLYCE – ESPON (Financial Manager, Researcher) and HURO GEO PHD – Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme (Lecturer, Professor).

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Szabolcs Fabula graduated as a geographer with an MSc in 2009 and he holds a PhD in Critical Disability Studies (2015). He is currently a junior lecturer/teaching assistant at the Department of Economic and Social Geography, at the University of Szeged. His main research interests lie in the fields of urban geography, regional planning and socio-spatial inequalities.

Daniel-Horvath

Dániel Horváth holds an MSc in Urban Geography from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (2004) and in Urban and Settlement Management from the University of West Hungary (2006). He is currently a PhD candidate at Department of Economic and Social Geography, University of Szeged. He has been responsible for realisation of social urban renewal programmes (Magdolna Quarter Programme I-III) in an urban renewal and development public company (Rév8 Plc.) in Budapest-Józsefváros since 2005. He participates in different know-how transfer partnerships. His work and research activities focus on urban regeneration and neighbourhood management.

ITALY | UNIVERSITY OF URBINO CARLO BO

Eduardo-Barberis

Eduardo Barberis is a researcher at the University of Urbino, where he lectures on immigration policies. He holds a degree in Sociology (2001) and a PhD in Urban and Local European Studies (2007). He took part in several national and international research projects including Rescaling Social Welfare Policies and Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe – GOETE. He published extensively on immigrant entrepreneurship, immigrant participation and local dimension of social policy, which are his main research areas.

Alba Angelucci

Alba Angelucci is a PhD student in Sociology-Governance, Social Participation and Citizenship at the University of Urbino. She holds an MA in Management of Social Policies and Services and of Intercultural Mediation from the University of Urbino. For her master thesis she was involved in action-research projects implemented in Urbino, with special reference to a segregation area at the margins of the municipal territory with a focus on gender-oriented discrimination and isolation. She recently took part in a research project about the intercultural mediation in the Region Marche. Her main research interests are migration, discrimination and segregation processes.

Sarissa-Napolitano

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.

THE NETHERLANDS | UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM

Tuna-Tasan-Kok

Tuna Tasan-Kok is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at University of Amsterdam. She is one of the founding members of the DIVERCITIES research network and member of the DIVERCITIES Scientific Steering Committee. She holds a MSc in Regional Planning (1996) and a PhD in Urban Geography (2004). Her research interests include neoliberal urban planning and multi-level urban governance. She has coordinated and conducted several international research projects and has been involved in international research networks such as the COST Action A26 (Cities between cohesion and competitiveness). She is also the lead partner of PARCOUR (Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment), an international research project funded by Brazilian, Dutch and British scientific and research councils. Visit Tuna’s website.

Researcher Sara Ozogul

Sara Ozogul holds an interdisciplinary BA in Social Science with majors in Human Geography and Sociology from University College Roosevelt and an MSc in Urban Studies from University College London. Her research interests include urban diversity, planning and governance arrangements, and the effects of discourses and perceptions on underprivileged groups.

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THE NETHERLANDS | DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (TU DELFT)

Donya-Ahmadi

Donya Ahmadi is a PhD candidate at the OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment at TU Delft. She holds a BEng in Urban Planning and Design from the Art University of Tehran and a Res MSc in Urban Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Her Master’s thesis drew on cross-national institutional comparisons between two cases of community development with a focus on housing (one in the United States and the other in the Netherlands) to investigate how power dynamics and governance choices within a specific institutional context affect cross-agency collaboration and community participation. Her research interest lies in a variety of fields including participatory urban governance, communicative planning, grass-roots involvement and mediation, urban regeneration, and social cohesion.

POLAND | POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Ewa Korcelli Olejniczak

Ewa Karolina Korcelli-Olejniczak is Associate Professor at the Department of Urban and Population Studies IGSO PASc and the Polish coordinator of DIVERCITIES. She holds a PhD in Urban Geography from the IGSO PAS (2004). Her current research is focused on comparative urban studies, local and regional development, metropolitan functions and regions and theoretical concepts within social sciences. She has participated in various international research projects including PLUREL; E-URBS, ESPON Best Metropolises and ReNewTown (Central Europe). She is the author and co-author of three books and 40 other publications in Polish and English and is also a scientific editor, interpreter and member of local development associations.

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Grzegorz-Weclawowicz

Grzegorz Węcławowicz is a Professor at the Department of Urban and Population Studies IGSO PASc. His current scientific activity is focussed on the mechanisms of transformation in the spatial structure of cities in Poland and Central Europe, as well as regional and urban policies. Within this research, particular attention is devoted to social inequality in the intra-urban and regional scale and housing and social policies. He is the author of numerous books in social geography and urban social geography; a lecturer at various universities; an urban planner working for self-governments of large cities and a consultant for private companies, regional and central planning offices. He has been a participant and co-ordinator of numerous international research projects, most recently the ESPON BEST METROPOLISES and ReNewTown Central Europe.

Adam-Bierzynski

Adam Bierzyński is a researcher at the Department of Urban and Population Studies IGSO PASc and holds a PhD in Human Geography. He also has an MA in Geography from Warsaw University (2006) and an MA in Spatial Economy from Warsaw University (2007). He is preparing a doctoral dissertation entitled: Changes in the structure of households in the space of Warsaw in the years 1988-2008. His current research is focused on urban studies, population geography, family and household demography and quantitative methods. He has participated in various international research projects including ReNewTown (Central Europe), CONdense (VolkswagenStiftung) and PROMINSTAT (6th Framework Programme).

Filip-Piotrowski

Filip Piotrowski is a researcher at the Department of Urban and Population Studies IGSO PASc. He holds an MA in Sociology from Warsaw University (2004). He is currently finishing his PhD entitled: Common resources and common problems – institutional analysis of municipal waste management at the local community level, at the Institute of Sociology of the Warsaw University. His research so far was focused on environmental sociology, new institutionalism, crisis management and visual sociology. His current interests also include urban social and cultural diversity. He is planning to prepare a second PhD thesis in Socio-Economic Geography.

SWITZERLAND | SYNERGO MOBILITY-POLITICS-SPACE GMBH

Walter-Schenkel

Walter Schenkel, partner at synergo, studied Political Science at the University of Zurich (PhD in 1998). He was a researcher at the Zurich Institute of Political Sciences and at the Institute of Public Administration, Erasmus University of Rotterdam. Besides evaluating, publishing and teaching in the fields of environmental, transportation and urban policies, he has been Project Manager in Swiss and international programs on urban development, social cohesion, federalism, and multi-level governance. As part of his involvement in Swiss political reforms in urban areas, he is Managing Director of the Zurich Metropolitan Conference since 2009.

Larissa-Pluss

Larissa Plüss works since 2013 as a Research Associate at synergo. In her dissertation in the field of political science, she investigated questions of governance and democracy at the local and the metropolitan level (PhD in 2013). During her PhD, she worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Zurich. Besides various research, teaching and publication activities, she gained wide experience in projects in the field of spatial development policy.

Patrick-Abegg

Patrick Abegg studied Business Administration with a specialisation in Mobility and Tourism at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and graduated in 2012. Since 2013, he works as a Research Assistant at synergo in the work areas of mobility management, transport and settlement and urbanisation.

Anna-Babel

Anna Babel studied Geography with a specialisation in Human and Economic Geography at the University of Zurich. After her graduation in 2012, she worked as a Research Assistant and Administrative Coordinator in the Human Geography Unit of the University of Zurich. She worked as a Research Associate at synergo from October 2014 to September 2015.

TURKEY | MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (METU)

Ayda-Eraydin

Ayda Eraydin is a Professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She completed her PhD at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), post-graduate study at the London School of Economics and a BCP-MCP in Urban and Regional Planning at Middle East Technical University. She has been involved in various European Union funded projects and COST Actions and published various books and papers on the impact of neoliberal policies on urban areas, city regions, social capital social cohesion, urban governance and industrial clusters. She is the co-editor of the book Resilience Thinking in Urban Planning (2013) and is the founding member of Urban and Regional Research Network.

Ismail-Demirdag

Ismail Demirdag is a PHD student in the City and Regional Planning Department at the Middle East Technical University (METU). He holds a bachelor degree at İstanbul Technical University and an MA in Regional Planning at METU. For his Master’s thesis he analyzed the contribution of entrepreneurship on regional economic development and growth in the context of 26 NUTS-II regions of Turkey. His main research interests include regional planning, entrepreneurship and regional economic development, ethnic entrepreneurship, and regional growth and change.

Özge (Yersen) Yenigün is a PhD student in City and Regional Planning at the Middle East Technical University. She holds a MSc in Regional Planning (2015) and BSc in City and Regional Planning (2012), both from the Middle East Technical University (METU). For her Master’s thesis, she focused on governance of urban diversity and conducted a research analyzing the discourses, policies and practices in diversity-related fields and questioning the roles of different governance arrangements in İstanbul. She is currently a research and teaching assistant at the Department of City and Regional Planning, at METU. Her main research interests include regional growth, governance, economic development, immigration, qualitative and quantitative methods in urban and regional studies.

Nazda-Gungordu

Nazda Güngördü is expected to hold her MSc in Regional Planning in 2014 from Middle East Technical University. She is a city planner who graduated from Middle East Technical University as the 3rd top-ranking student. Her main research interests include development economics, local and regional governance, socio-spatial inequalities, regional development policies, industrial districts, knowledge economies and social cohesion. Her main research interests include development economics, local and regional governance, socio-spatial inequalities, regional development policies, industrial districts, knowledge economies and social cohesion.

UNITED KINGDOM | UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Mike-Raco

Mike Raco is Professor of Urban Governance and Development. He previously lectured at King’s College London and the Universities of Reading and Glasgow. His research interests are focused around the central theme of governing spaces, with a particular emphasis on democratic theory and governance, sustainable-city building, and urban communities.

Claire-Colomb

Claire Colomb is Reader (associate professor) in Planning and Urban Sociology, and holds a first degree in Politics and Sociology (Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, France) and a PhD in Planning (University College London). Her research interests include urban and regional governance; planning and urban regeneration in European cities; urban social movements; European spatial planning and territorial cooperation, and comparative planning systems and cultures.

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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.

Tatiana-Moreira-de-Souza

Tatiana Moreira de Souza is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning. She holds a BSc in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2005) and a MSc in Urban Regeneration from University College London (2010). Her PhD research investigates social interaction amongst residents in areas that have undergone extensive urban redevelopment. Her research interests include urban regeneration and neighbourhood change, housing policy and provision, ethnicity and social mix.