Ronald van Kempen

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).


Gideon Bolt is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography, Methods and Techniques and holds a PhD from Utrecht University. He is the Coordinator of DIVERCITIES. His research focuses on urban policy, residential segregation, and neighbourhood choice. He is the editor of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. He has been guest (co-)editor of four recent special issues closely linked to the subject of this project: Combating residential segregation of ethnic minorities (Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 2009), Housing policy and (de)segregation: An international perspective (Housing Studies 2010), Linking integration and residential segregation (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 2010), Mixing Neighbourhoods: Success or Failure? (Cities, 2013).


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.



Yuri Kazepov is Principal Investigator of UNIVIE research unit and is Professor of Comparative Social Policies and International Urban Sociology. He directed the MA in Social Policy Management and the European Master in Comparative Urban Studies at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, where he was also director of CRISEL (research and service centre for e-learning). He has been Scientific Coordinator of the project Rescaling of Social Welfare Policy in Europe and Principal Investigator in several FP-funded research projects, mainly in the fields of welfare, governance and urban studies. From 2010 to 2014 he was the President of RC21 on Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association.

University of Vienna profile.

Ryan Jepson

Ryan Jepson is an urban researcher and PhD candidate in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vienna. He studied human geography at the University of Tübingen in Germany (MA) and environmental science at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and ETH Zurich (BSc). His research interests are broad and include urbanization and urban spatial theory, practices of everyday life, rhythmanalysis, body and biopolitics and forms and practices of cooperation.


Lukas Alexander is a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Vienna, where he is also studying sociology and political science which he began in 2012. His broad research interests include social politics, labour-market policies and urbanisation.

Mirjam Pot

Mirjam Pot is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. She holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Vienna and an MSc in Urban Geography from the University of Utrecht. Her work is focused around politics & culture, Eastern European studies and critical urban research.


Stijn Oosterlincks

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He holds MAs in Sociology from Ghent University (2001) and Lancaster University (2002) and a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University (2008). His research focuses on the politics of urban development, social urban renewal, solidarity in diversity and social innovation and the restructuring of the welfare state. He is involved in several research projects, amongst others the FP7 project Improve (Poverty reduction in Europe: Social policy and innovation) and DieGem (Diversity and Community Development).


Gert Verschraegen is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Antwerp. He studied Sociology, Philosophy and International Political Economy at the Universities of Leuven and Hull and received a PhD in Social Sciences (2000) from the University of Leuven. Before joining Antwerp University, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (2003-2009) at the Centre for Sociological Studies (CeSO), KULeuven, Assistant Professor at CEPS-INSTEAD, Luxembourg (2001-2002) and a visiting fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2009). His main research interests are in the fields of general sociology, cultural sociology and sociology of knowledge.


Danielle Dierckx is Director of the Policy Research Center on Poverty and Lecturer in sociology and social work at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is the promoter of many research projects at the Centre on Poverty, Inequality, Social Exclusion and the City (OASeS). Her research interests are situated in the fields of poverty, social inclusion, governance, policy analysis and the role of civil society organisations in the welfare state. She is a member of the COST Action on ‘welfare states, social services and place’ and of the EU-FP7-jury.


Arne Saeys holds MAs in Social & Cultural Anthropology (2007) and Psychology (2004), both from the University of Leuven. Previously, he has been an Early Stage Researcher at the Kadir Has University in Turkey (2007-2010) in the framework of the European research project The Integration of the European Second Generation.


Ympkje Albeda holds an MSc in Sociology and a Master in Constitutional & Administrative Law. Her research interests include urbanisation, suburbanisation, community dynamics and migration.



Hans Thor Andersen is Director of Research at the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University and Head of Department of Town, Housing and Property. He finished his PhD-thesis in 1985 on urban theory and politics (University of Copenhagen) and received his habilitation in 2005. He was Director of the Centre for Strategic Urban Research at the University of Copenhagen 2005-2009.


Rikke Skovgaard Nielsen is a researcher at the Danish Building Research Institute. She finished her PhD thesis in 2014, focusing on the housing careers of Somalis and Turks in the Danish housing market. With a background in sociology, her research interests lie with the sociological aspects of housing, the housing market and settlement patterns of different groups. Rikke has a strong methodological research background working with both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as conducting mixed methods and comparative studies.


Anne Winther Beckman is a research assistant at the Danish Building Research Institute. She holds an MSc in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen and her research interests include housing careers, settlement patterns and spatial segregation of different groups in society. For her master’s thesis she looked into the widely-held view that cities are unfit places for children to grow up in and analysed families living in Copenhagen. The thesis showed that not only economic factors, but also cultural, social and structural factors affect settlement patterns of Copenhagen families.


Vigdis Blach is a research assistant at the Danish Building Research Institute. She holds a BA in Sociology and graduated in spring 2015 with a MSc in “City, Housing and Settlement Patterns” a master programme of the Danish Building Research Institute and the University of Aalborg. She has worked at the Danish Building Research Institute since 2013.



Tiit Tammaru is the Coordinator of the DIVERCITIES Estonia team. He is a Professor of Population and Urban Geography at University of Tartu, Department of Geography. His current research focuses on social and ethnic differences in migration, housing and residential segregation in Estonia and other cities in Eastern Europe.

Kadri Leetma

Kadri Leetmaa is a researcher in Human Geography at the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. She holds an MSc in Human Geography (2005) and a PhD in Human Geography (2008) from the University of Tartu. Her main research fields have been related to urban social geography including migration and residential mobility, residential preferences, suburbanisation, urban planning and transition periods in post-socialist cities. She is currently on a four-year Estonian Science Foundation research grant on domains of inter-ethnic contacts and spatial segregation of ethnic groups in cities.


Anneli Kährik is a researcher in Human Geography at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu and the Institute for Housing & Urban Research, University of Uppsala. Anneli holds a MPhil in Human Geography (1999) and a PhD in Human Geography (2006). Her current research focuses on urban spatial segregation, neighbourhood change, residential mobility, housing policy and the spatial impacts of urban governance. She has been involved in several international comparative projects, e.g. the EU 5th-Framework NEHOM project (Neighbourhood Housing Models), Open Society Institute’s LGI funded project on local government and housing in CEE countries, and nationally funded research projects in Estonia.


Kristiina Kamenik is a PhD student in Human Geography at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu. She holds an MSc in Human Geography (2010) from the University of Tartu. Her research focuses on usage of leisure time, specifically in relation to ethnic segregation and segmentation of leisure and on interethnic contacts during leisure time.


Ingmar Pastak is a PhD student at University of Tartu, Department of Geography. He holds an MSc in Human Geography (2014) from the University of Tartu. His PhD thesis examines the influence of public and private sector-led urban renewal projects in socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. His main research interests are urban regeneration, urban governance, neighbourhood developments, socio-spatial inequality, and urban diversity.


Johanna Holvandus is a PhD student at the University of Tartu, Department of Geography and a junior researcher at the Centre for Migration and Urban Studies. She obtained her BSc in Landscape Architecture at Tallinn University of Technology and holds an MSc in Human Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Tartu. Her main research interests include collaborative planning, neighbourhood change and activism, urban governance and urban diversity.



Christine Lelévrier is an Urban Sociologist and Professor at the Paris Institute of Urban planning (UPEC) in charge of international relationships and of the European master Tackling metropolitan challenges in Europe. Her current research focuses on segregation, ethnicity, housing and social mix policies. Since 2011, she is an expert-member of the National Observatory of Urban Sensitive Zones (ONZUS) for the ministry of the city. She led a research program (2004-2011) on the social effects of urban renewal in France and worked on comparative European policies regarding social mix and housing (Spain, Germany, Portugal) in 2006.


Clément Rivière holds a PhD in Sociology obtained jointly from the Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (Sciences Po Paris) and the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. His PhD thesis examined the parental supervision of children’s urban practices in contexts of social diversity, on the basis of a comparison between Paris and Milan. He also participated in the drafting of a report on the effects of measures implemented in France to increase flexibility in school catchment areas (Marco Oberti, Edmond Préteceille and Clément Rivière, Les effets de l’assouplissement de la carte scolaire dans la banlieue parisienne, report for HALDE/DEPP, 2012, Sciences Po–OSC).


Galia Shokry is a PhD student in Urban Planning. She has a Master II in Urban Planning from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris, an MSc in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. She has developed and managed programs for US-based NGOs working in education, intercultural diplomacy and civic participation, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research interests include the construction and contestation of cultural narratives, grassroots planning and neighborhood policies, transnationalism, media and citizenship.



Katrin Großmann is a professor of urban and spatial sociology at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. Her main research areas focus on neighbourhood change, social segregation and demographic change. She was a consortium member of the EU FP6 project “Shrink Smart”, as well as other national and international research projects concerning socio-demographic aspects of neighbourhood development. She has established long-term contacts with stakeholders in the Leipzig case study areas and has broad experience in qualitative research strategies.

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.



Annegret Haase is an Urban Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, in Leipzig, Germany since 2002. She received her PhD in 2000 examining the postsocialist transition and its regional pathway and peculiarities in southeast Poland. Until 2002, the focus of her research was on the development of border regions, transborder cooperation and national minority issues in East Central Europe. Since 2002, her main fields of research relate to comparative urban development with particular emphasis on trajectories of urban development with a focus on urban shrinkage, residential change, socio-spatial inequalities and governance issues as well as the impact of socio-economic and socio-ecological transformations on the urban space and society.

Katharina Kullmann is a political sociologist at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. She holds a Masters of Sociology with focus on strategies of qualifying local democracy. For her master’s thesis she conducted an empirical study on perspectives of cooperative strategies in local municipalities with regard to new governance instruments. She has worked at the UFZ since 2012 and was involved in the project Leipzig think forward. This project focused on the elaboration of public participation and agenda setting in cooperation with Leipzig’s municipality. Her main research interests include welfare governance, social equality and negotiation in local democracies.