Urban policy

How do governments intervene into the city? To what extent do ideals of housing accessibility and spatial equality survive in a neoliberal policy context? My work has traced the genesis and development of urban policy, looked into motives for state-sponsored gentrification, eulogized the just city of Amsterdam, examined the statistical politics of exceptional territories, and explored how urban redevelopment policies reconfigure spatial inequality. While much of this work focuses on the Netherlands, some of it is comparative.

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