Justus Uitermark (1978) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He has many research interests but mostly studies politics and cities. As a relational sociologist, Uitermark focuses on networks: what sorts of networks do people form to resolve their collective problems and achieve their goals vis-à-vis others? With a background in human geography, he is particularly interested how different kinds of environments mediate collective action. Uitermark has a long-standing interest in the roles of cities as terrains of political struggle and more recently has been studying how social media platforms facilitate challenges against the status quo or breed conformity.
From 2012 until 2016, he was the Gradus Hendriks Professor in Community Development at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In September 2010, he defended his PhD-thesis Dynamics of Power in Dutch Integration Politics (cum laude). Uitermark has published books and articles on a variety of subjects, including gentrification, urban policy, and social movements.
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