Urban policy

Through urban policies, governments act on cities and influence who lives where and who gets what. I’m specifically interested in how policies affect processes of gentrification and segregation. My work has traced the genesis and development of urban policy, examined motives for state-sponsored gentrification, and eulogized the just city of Amsterdam. My VENI-project on housing policies investigates a key contradiction: While governments throughout Europe and North America have liberalized their housing markets, they also have strong ambitions to mix deprived areas. Why and how do governments and their partners steer in an increasingly liberalized market? To what extent do ideals of housing accessibility and spatial equality survive in a neoliberal policy context?

Heat maps of concentrations of affluence and poverty in Amsterdam (above) and Rotterdam (below). Produced by NRC.