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More than ever, alternative urban futures are needed for an urban world that is socially just, environmentally sustainable, and capable of caring for the diversity of urban life. How can policy makers, activists, students and scholars enact change by 'doing the urban' differently? This event marks the launch of two co-edited books that cover such alternative urban spaces across civic, private, and public spheres.

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Date 25 September 2019
Time 20:00 -22:00

During this evening, a selection of speakers present their work on alternative urbanism in Amsterdam. Join us for an international dialogue on the production of alternative urban spaces.

The event marks the launch of two co-edited books that cover such alternative urban spaces: ‘Enabling Urban Alternatives’ and ‘The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces’. This event is of immediate relevance to anyone – from policy makers and activists to students and scholars – committed to making a difference for urban dwellers in diverse settings. Rising above a mere collection of contributions from different case studies and urban practices, the event critically explores the conditions under which actors enact change by doing the urban differently. The inventory of alternative urban futures is rich and traverses the globe, including policy issues, social order and urban norms in diverse local contexts.


  • Introduction by Luca Bertolini and Carolina Maurity Frossard
  • Panel discussion by Preetika Sharma, Zsuzsa Kovaç, Peter Parker, Jens Kaae Fisker
  • Q&A session with the audience
  • Closing remarks

The event will be moderated by Letizia Chiappini


Letizia Chiappini: co-editor of both publications and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at the University of Milano Bicocca (Italy), and in the Geographies of Globalization research group at the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Jens Kaae Fisker: is a postdoctoral researcher with the Danish Centre for Rural Research at the University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark. He is a critical geographer working at the intersection of urban and rural studies with a point of departure in political geography.

Luca Bertolini: is professor of Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam and the director of the Centre for Urban Studies.

Peter Parker: holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology with a focus on organizations and networks. His current research focuses on urban governance and the complexities of negotiation in urban development. 

Preetika Sharma:  is a PhD candidate in urban and sexuality studies at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. Her work engages in understanding the co-production of spaces and sexual identities in the built urban environment. Her research interests include socio-cultural anthropology, queer studies, and feminist theory.

Carolina Maurity Frossard: is a PhD candidate at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of AmsterdamHer research explores urban security arrangements in Recife, Northeastern Brazil, in order to unpack how they reconfigure experiences, enactments, and ideas of citizenship in the city.

Zsuzsa Kovacs: is a graduate student in the Sociology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her ethnographic research focuses on local stakeholder relationships and the development of communities in Amsterdam East.


Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam