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F.N. (Fenna) Smits MSc

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Research

    Fenna Smits is a PhD candidate in Political Sociology at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR). She holds a Bachelor in Cultural Anthropology (UvA) and a Master in Social Sciences Research (UvA). Her research interest lies at the intersection of infrastructures, participation, and politics. During her masters she did fieldwork with graffiti artists who address social and ecological concerns in marginalised neighbourhoods of Bogotá.

    PhD Project

    In her current dissertation project she continues to study how citizens organise around social and ecological concerns in neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. A celebrated logic in contemporary Dutch governance is that of decentralisation and granting citizens self-responsibility and individual choice in the delivery of social and environmental services. In this process of decentralisation actors experiment with new infrastructures and forms of governance.

    Based on a multi-sited ethnographic research on community organisation and maintenance of collective infrastructures, ranging from welfare delivery to cleaning waste water, this dissertation project assesses how decentralised infrastructures are organised and experienced in actual practices.

    The aim of this study is to articulate the complexities surrounding daily life with, and maintenance of, decentralised infrastructures and the new forms of governance generated in these practices. It does so by taking into account the experiences and evaluations of those who work and live with decentralised infrastructures. Practically, then, the research aims to trace best practices so as to strengthen, and contribute to discussing, them.

  • Teaching

    2018 - 2020

    • Tutorials for sociology bachelor course Globalizing Cultures 
    • Departmental Internship Supervison


    • Tutorials for honours course STEVF – urban regeneration and renewal in film.
  • Publications



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