Project Coordinator: Utrecht University
Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences

One of the largest departments in this field of study in Europe, departmental researchers focus on the dynamic interactions between spatio-temporal behaviour of individuals and households, and the spatial configuration of land uses. These include housing, employment, facilities, population categories, transport and communication systems. Many research activities take place at the scale of the city or the neighbourhood.

Researchers: Ronald van Kempen (1958-2016), Gideon Bolt, Anouk Tersteeg


Consortium Partners


University of Vienna
Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology incorporates sociological research and teaching at the University of Vienna. The department focuses on social problems through its programme of empirical analysis serving to combine diagnosis of society and sociological theory. The research areas include: Family Life, Feminist Theories and Gender Studies, Health Research, Interpretive Sociology, Culture and Economy, Sociology of Human Development, Migration and Ethnicity, Organizational Sociology, Poverty studies and Comparative Social Policies, Social Stratification and Social Inequality, Urban Sociology and Visual Sociology.

Researchers: Yuri Kazepov, Ryan Jepson, Miriam Pot, Lukas Alexander



University of Antwerp
Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS)

The OASeS pursues theoretically informed sociological research in the fields of poverty and social exclusion, the city and the living environment and knowledge and organisations. Thematically varied as the research of OASeS is, the members of the research centre are mainly interested in grasping contemporary social change, its dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, its spatial dimension (particularly the city and localities), the diverse forms of knowledge and organisations implied in it and the way it re-constitutes the relationship between society and the living environment. The research of OASeS stands at the crossroads of the local and the global, working both with grassroots organisations and local authorities as well as with European bodies and with the entire range of intermediate levels of governance.

Researchers: Stijn Oosterlynck, Gert Verschraegen, Danielle Dierckx, Arne Saeys, Ympkje Albeda



Aalborg University
Danish Building Research Institute (SBI)

SBI is the Danish national building research institute and affiliated with Aalborg University. It develops research-based knowledge to improve buildings and the built environment. The department includes both technical and social sciences and has a strong focus on housing policy and housing issues. Since 2007, a new team has developed experience with existing regulation systems, policies and effects on end users in relation to disabled and elderly people’s use of the built environment.

Researchers: Hans Thor Andersen, Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen, Anne Winther Beckman, Vigdis Blach



University of Tartu
Department of Geography, Centre for Migration and Urban Studies

The Centre for Migration and Urban Studies at the Department of Geography is the research centre of migration, residential mobility, housing and neighbourhood change in Estonia. The Centre is part of the Cities After Transition research network that brings together the leading urban researchers on Eastern European cities. The research team in Tartu is international and the working language is English.

Researchers: Tiit Tammaru, Kadri Leetmaa, Anneli Kährik, Kristiina Kamenik, Ingmar Pastak, Johanna Holvandus


University Paris-Est Créteil
The Paris School of Planning

The Paris School of Planning is the result of a merger between two of the most important French institutes of urban planning: The Urban Planning Institute of Paris (Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris – IUP) and the French Institute of Urban Planning (Institut Français d’Urbanisme – IFU). The EUP brings together more than 50 faculty teaching areas in all major domains of urban planning such as transport and mobility, environment, territorial strategies, social affairs, and housing. The faculty is composed of architects, engineers, political scientists, geographers, sociologists, planners, economists. In addition to its natural teaching mission, the EUP will be involved in the development of public debate regarding urban and territorial issues and will serve as a place of collective expertise and research. The EUP will be supported by its three closest research labs (Lab’Urba, LATTS and LVMT) with about 200 researchers and doctoral students.

Researchers: Christine Lelévrier, Clément Rivière, Galia Shokry


Fachhochschule Erfurt
Architecture and Urban Planning

The University of Applied Sciences Erfurt (FHE) was founded in October 1991. Today it is an established, modern and practice-oriented university, which holds top spots in national rankings, has strong business connections working locally and regionally with a growing international reputation. The department of Urban Planning is a young division of FHE, training urban and regional planners with an emphasis on integrated planning, communication, and societal aspects of planning. The team draws from established contacts in research and practice, especially in the field of social and demographic change, neighbourhood development, urban restructuring and housing. Until her move to FHE, Katrin Großmann was the principal investigator for the German case study of the DIVERCITIES project at UFZ Leipzig/ Germany..

Researchers: Katrin Großmann, Maria Budnik


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Department Urban and Environmental Sociology

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ is a centre of expertise in inter- and trans-disciplinary environmental research. Economists, sociologists, political scientists and legal scientists collaborate together within the Social Science division. The Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology is a recognised research centre for sustainable urban development and transformations. The department’s research focuses on connections between environmental change and the development of urban societies and emphasises the cooperation with policy makers. It investigates interdependencies between social action and its environments, aiming to increase quality of life, resilience and resource efficiency.

Researchers: Annegret Haase, Katharina Kullmann



National Centre for Social Research (EKKE)

The National Centre for Social Research (Ethniko Kentro Koinonikon Erevnon – EKKE) has a long tradition in the fields of urban sociology, social policy and political sociology. Much of its research focuses on the Greater Athens Region, using both macro- and micro-sociological and anthropological approaches and dealing with issues of segregation, immigration, housing, cultural economy, education and social mobility.

Researchers: Thomas Maloutas, Nicos Souliotis, Michael Petrou, George Kandylis, Dimitris Balampanidis



University of Szeged
Department of Economic and Social Geography

The Department brings together a wide scientific spectrum from which urban geography and social geography have central importance. Research activities at the urban and neighbourhood scales cover housing issues, transport, tourism and social exclusion. In the last few years, members of the department have been involved in several international research projects carried out in the field of urban transformation and socio-spatial change in Hungary and in East Central Europe.

Researchers: Zoltán Kovács, Lajos Boros, Szabolcs Fabula, Dániel Horváth



University of Urbino Carlo Bo
Department of Economics, Society and Politics (DESP)

The DESP is a department matching different research areas and interests, converging on an interdisciplinary approach to build up knowledge in the fields of social and political sciences and economics. Despite being established in 2010, it relies on a long-lasting tradition that has among its roots the former Faculty and Institute of Sociology. Staff involved in DESP have preeminent experience in comparative, policy-oriented research at the national and European level and in the organisation and management of international summer schools, masters and PhD workshops in the fields of welfare, governance and urban studies.

Researchers: Eduardo Barberis, Alba Angelucci, Sarissa Napolitano


University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands and one of the largest research universities in Europe. In the 2014 QS World University Ranking UvA scored as the 50th in the world, 15th in Europe and first in the Netherlands. Today, it has more than 31,000 students, over 5,000 staff, more than one hundred nationalities and an annual budget of more than 600 million euros. In 2014 UvA awarded 492 PhDs and published 9,172 scientific publications. It has a longstanding experience in EU-funded projects, including training networks.

Researchers: Tuna Taşan-Kok, Sara Özoǧul


Delft University of Technology (TUDelft)
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Department OTB – Research for the Built Environment

The OTB-Research for the Built Environment’s main objective is to conduct strategic research in the areas of housing studies, urban studies, mobility studies and geo-information studies. OTB seeks to make a visible contribution to society by helping to solve social problems in the field of the built environment. We do this by means of our specialist scientific research in this area as part of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The emphasis lies on scientific impact and social relevance. OTB aims to increase the significance of scientific research while continuing to focus on the vital exchange between problem-oriented and practically applicable research. OTB has institutional links to many international organisations including the European Urban Research Association (EURA).

Researchers: Donya Ahmadi



Polish Academy of Sciences
Stanisław Leszczycki Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization (IGSO PAS)

The Department of Urban and Population Geography, being one of five research units of IGSO PASc, coordinates research related to urban studies including theoretical and empirical analyses concerning inter- and intra-urban development, mechanisms of urban transformation, demographic and ethnic processes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Researchers: Ewa Karolina Korcelli-Olejniczak, Grzegorz Weclawowicz, Adam Bierzyński, Filip Piotrowski



synergo Mobility-Politics-Space GmbH

synergo Mobility-Politics-Space GmbH in Zurich is an SME founded in 1990 and today belonging to two partners. Main characteristics of synergo include its interdisciplinary approach and its co-operation with specialised firms in order to cope with various types of mandates. synergo has skills in guiding complex tasks (project management, research) and in structuring and handling decision-making processes (mediating, participation, communication). The main fields of expertise are political, economic and social issues related to policies and decision-making processes; local and regional development policy; neighbourhood renewal and branding processes; integrated land use and transport policy; and the evaluation of transport, energy, environmental and spatial development policies.

Researchers: Walter Schenkel, Larissa Plüss, Patrick Abegg



Middle East Technical University (METU)
City and Regional Planning Department, Faculty of Architecture

Established in 1961, the Department of City and Regional Planning at the METU is Turkey’s first-ever planning school. The Department has always played an important role in setting the agenda and leading international and national debates on planning, development, design, and their theories, discourses, approaches and education. It continues to play a key role in planning education and in urban and regional research.

Researchers: Ayda Eraydin, Ismail Demirdag, Nazda Güngördü, Özge Yersen