Urban Sociology is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research most of them at UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR).
Olga Sezneva is the Track Coordinator of Urban Sociology.
Dr Olga Sezneva is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Olga Sezneva serves as a Professor of Urban Studies at European University at St. Petersburg (Russia). She co-directs the Master’s programme in Advanced Architecture and Urban Design ‘Building the City Now’ accredited by Barcelona PolyTECH and located in St Petersburg. A graduate of the PhD programme in Sociology at New York University, she also was a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2009.
Olga’s research developed along two main interests: the intersection between built environment and culture, and the digital media markets, with a specific focus on cultures of circulation. Her work appeared in a number of edited volumes and international peer-review journals.
‘Cities are social microcosms where we can observe various societal developments directly in all their intensity. Cities are focal points for cultural, economic, and political innovations. They are sites where power is exercised and where power is challenged. The UvA has a strong tradition in urban research. For instance, there is the Center for Urban Studies, which is one of the foremost institutions of its kind. Amsterdam is a fantastic place in which to live and carry out research. Students have the opportunity to experience their research in their daily life.'
'In my opinion, Urban Sociology students at the UvA learn to rise above trivial observations and to be reflexive and critical. Additionally, we look at the city of Amsterdam in an international perspective. The staff of Urban Sociology is mostly international, and even though Amsterdam is our home base, we have a distinctly global outlook.’
Below is a list of other lecturers in this programme. Click the name of a lecturer for more information (if available).