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Dr Z. (Zsuzsanna) Tomor

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Geographies of Globalizations

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research

    Zsuzsanna works as a postdoctoral researcher in a project linked to Urban Studies and Urban History, which examines existing and historical forms of commoning in urban public space, called ''Common Spaces? A long-term study of the use of public spaces in Amsterdam, 1880 to the present''. This inquiry is part of a collaborative research project called '' Commons: New Chances for the City and Public Space, funded by NWO-SIA in the Smart Culture program and led by the Research Institute for Art and Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The research consortium further consists of the Waag Institute for technology and society, the Casco Art Institute, and Nautilus, a collective housing project on Zeeburgereiland. This research focuses on the ways in which the notion of ‘the commons’ can contribute to new forms of (digital) public space and initiate different forms of urban development while taking the potential contribution of design and art towards processes of 'commoning' as the main point of departure. The project zooms in on  Zeeburgereilandand, an emergent urban district on the eastern fringes of Amsterdam.



  • Biography

    Zsuzsanna was born in Budapest (Hungary), where she lived till 2001. In Hungary, she studied international business relations and worked for many years in the corporate domain. She was employed at various organizations, for the most part in the insurance sector, and held a number of positions. 

    In 2001, Zsuzsanna moved to the Netherlands where she started to build a new life. After having served at different companies in various international customer relations roles, the time was ripe for a career switch. Sparked by a desire to engage more directly and more thoroughly in broader societal issues in the world, she became a human geographer: she holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography and Planning (BSc cum laude) and a master’s degree in Human Geography (MSc, cum laude), both from Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences.

    Following her studies, she worked as a researcher at Telos (Tilburg University), a knowledge institute for sustainable regional development, which provides research-based advice to local and regional governments and societal organizations. Zsuzsanna thrived in this role, which married an academic methodology with a practice-oriented approach embedded in partnerships with public, business, societal and civil stakeholders.

    From October 2015 until December 2019 she was a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University School of Governance. Her study was embedded in the international research project “Smart Governance for Sustainable Cities”, which investigated technology-enabled collaboration between citizens and local states in the cities of Utrecht, Glasgow, and Curitiba. She defended her dissertation ''Smart Governance in Practice'' in June 2020.

  • Publications

    Zsuzsanna Tomor, Erico Przeybilovicz, Charles Leleux (2021), Smart governance in institutional context: An in-depth analysis of Glasgow, Utrecht, and Curitiba, Cities, 114, DOI: 

    Erico Przeybilovicz, Maria Alexandra Cunha, Stan Geertman, Charles Leleux, Ank Michels, Zsuzsanna Tomor, C. William R. Webster & Albert Meijer (2020), Citizen participation in the smart city: findings from an international comparative study, Local Government Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2020.1851204

    Tomor, Z. (19 June 2020), Smart Governance in Practice (Doctoral Thesis, 249 p.), Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University.

    Tomor, Z. & S.C.M. Geertman (2019), The Influence of Political Context on Smart Governance Initiatives in Glasgow, Utrecht and Curitiba In S. Geertman & J. Stillwell (Eds.) A Handbook of Planning Support Science. Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Tomor, Z.: Citizens in the Smart City (2019): What is Actually Happening? An In-Depth Case Study from Utrecht, the Netherlands. International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA), 7(1), 1-16.

    Tomor, Z. (2019), The Citipreneur: How a local entrepreneur creates public value through smart technologies and strategies. International Journal of Public Sector Management.

    Tomor, Z.; A.J. Meijer; A. M.B. Michels; S. C.M. Geertman (2019): Smart Governance For Sustainable Cities, Findings From A Systematic Literature Review, Journal of Urban Technology, 26:4, 3-27. 10.1080/10630732.2019.1651178

    Tomor, Z. (2017), Politically Motivated Hungarian Migration to the Netherlands in (the Second Half of) the 20th Century: Data, Concepts, and Consequences. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies, 12(1), 77-109.

    Przeybilovicz, E., Cunha, M. A., & Tomor, Z. (2017), Identifying essential organizational characteristics for smart urban governance. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (pp. 416-425). ACM.

    Meijer, A.J.; Z. Tomor; A.M.B. Michels; S.C.M. Geertman (2016), Participant of databron? : Burgers als extensie van stedelijk innovatievermogen [Participant or data-source?:Citizens as extension of urban innovation capacity] Bestuurskunde, volume 25, issue 4, pp. 29 – 39.

    Mommaas, JT., Richards, GW., & Tomor, Z. (2012), Leisure clusters in Noordwest-Europa: ontwikkeling staat nog in de kinderschoenen. In K. de Bruijn, & T. Vermeulen (Eds.), Trendrapport toerisme, recreatie en vrije tijd 2012 (pp. 142-145). Nieuwegein: NRIT Media.

    Dagevos, J & Z.Tomor (2011), Clusters beschouwd . In’s en out’s van het clusterbegrip [Clusters analyzed. The in’s and out’s of the cluster concept].Tilburg: Telos.

  • Ancillary activities
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