I am an Associate Professor of Urban Regeneration at Delft University of Technology. Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism. I have also been appointed as Delft Education Fellow 2020-2021.
My research interests and expertise include urban regeneration, self-organisation, community entrepreneurship, online/offline citizen engagement, tactical urbanism, placemaking, democratic innovation and the use of digital participatory platforms for co-production between citizens and governments. I am currently involved as co-investigator in an NWA project on 'Dilemmas of Doing Diversity' (lead: Prof. Marlou Schrover, Leiden University), particularly in housing and community-based initiatives. Other research includes urban regeneration and residential relocation in China, and spatial justice in local redevelopment approaches.
At the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Prof. Machiel van Dorst, Prof. Maarten van Ham, and I manage the Urban Studies research group in the Department of Urbanism.
My educational background is in urban planning, housing and urban geography. I obtained a MSc degree in urban planning from Groningen University. In 2005, I received my PhD degree in urban geography at Delft University of Technology, for my thesis "Social Implications of Urban Restructuring and Residential Relocation".