Ronald van Kempen (1958-2016) was the Coordinator of DIVERCITIES. He was a Professor of Urban Geography at Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences. He held an MA in Urban Geography (1986) and a PhD in Urban Geography (1992). As a researcher he most recently focused on urban spatial segregation, neighbourhood developments, urban governance and its effects on neighbourhoods and residents, social exclusion, and minority ethnic groups. He has coordinated several large projects including the EU 5th-Framework RESTATE project (the comparison and future of 29 post-WWII housing estates in ten European countries).
Anouk Tersteeg is an urban geographer at Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences. She obtained an interdisciplinary BSc in Bèta-Gamma studies and an MSc(Res) in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. For her master thesis, she conducted a comparative study of resident experiences of social distances in newly-built, fine-grained, mixed-tenure housing projects in Amsterdam and Glasgow. She has also studied and conducted research in Bangkok, Thailand and Glasgow, Scotland. Her main research interests include urban regeneration, social mix, (ethnic) entrepreneurship, neighbourhood change and socio-spatial inequality.
Maria Budnik is an urban geographer at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. She obtained her master’s degree (MSc) at the University of Leipzig with a special focus on urban development. For her thesis she conducted a case study on institutional perceptions of displacement and resettlement in the contexts of urban planning and climate change in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she undertook fieldwork. She also studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her main research interests include neoliberal urban development and the associated consequences for urban populations.