Urban and Regional Studies

The Urban and Regional Studies programme investigates the interrelationships between every-day social and spatial patterns, and the governance and growing complexity of neighbourhoods, cities and regions.

Urban and Regional Studies is about the interrelationships between everyday social and spatial patterns, growing complexities, and the governance of neighbourhoods, cities and regions. The programme has four sub-programmes:

  • Governance of land development
  • Territorial governance
  • Urban and neighbourhood Change
  • Urban systems and transport

The programme has a strong international position and reputation and contributes to a variety of networks and collaborations.

Societal/scientific quality and relevance of the research

The research programme is positioned in the context of the TU Delft, involving that “it seeks to answer utility-driven questions in a fundamental way” (TU Delft, 2012, Roadmap 2020, p. 47). So by default, most of the research of this programme is driven by its societal relevance. Increased understanding of competitive, sustainable and liveable cities and regions, territories and neighbourhoods is highly relevant, especially as this programme addresses these aspects in relation to governance and planning. It provides insights in the interactions between authorities and market players and also between institutions and people in a day-to-day living environment.

The scientific relevance of the field of Urban and Regional Studies is illustrated by the quantity and quality of research outlets in the thriving interdisciplinary field of research. The scientific relevance of the programme can also be illustrated by some of the lively academic debates that take place in areas covered by this research programme and to which the programme contributes.

The Future

The Urban and Regional Studies programme contributes to fundamental discussions about current and future changes in the politics and practices of territorial governance, urban and neighbourhood change, governance of land development and urban systems and transport, as well as their implications on various scale levels. The programme:

  • contributes to solving some of the contemporary issues in our cities and regions and to generate knowledge about the preconditions, supporting contexts and barriers to urban regeneration and transformation;
  • contributes to the development of competitive, sustainable and liveable cities, and to contribute to policy discourses in these fields;
  • especially focuses on the issue of the inclusiveness of spatial strategies and interventions, both in terms of actors and in terms of sustainability and competitiveness effects.

More about this programme

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More information about this research programme or discuss possibilities for cooperation:

Prof.dr. Willem Korthals Altes (research leader)

Key projects
Key books
  • Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities
    Maarten van Ham, Tiit Tammaru, Szymon Marcińczak, Sako Musterd
  • Cohesion, Coherence, Cooperation: European Spatial Planning Coming of Age?
    Andreas Faludi
  • Transition tow ards Sustainable Mobility: The Role of Instruments , Individuals and Institutions
    Harry Geerlings, Yoram Shiftan & Dominic Stead
  • Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives
    Maarten van Ham, David Manley, Nick Bailey, Ludi Simpson & Duncan Maclennan (Eds.)
  • Contradictions of Neoliberal Planning: Cities, Policies, and Politics
    Tuna Taşan-Kok, Guy Baeten (eds.)
  • European Territorial Governance
    Wil Zonneveld, Jochem de Vries & Leonie Janssen-Jansen (eds.)

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