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K. (Karin) Christof MSc

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • About

    Karin is trained as an architect and artist. Her work field covers inclusive urban developments, participation projects, and design and curatorial projects for architecture and art. Focusing on the meaning of public domain in a city she researches the role and the implications of active hands-on citizens within the cooperative shaping of our urban living environments.

    In the PhD research entitled "The Longing for Autonomy: New Meanings of Ownership, Property, and Citizenship",  she explores the values which citizen initiatives uphold when re-purposing derelict buildings for the common good: 

    "We all know the community worker and the activist but what does the citizen professional (CP) stand for? What are his/her values? Why does he/she wish to appropriate and re-use derelict buildings and work towards models of shared ownership?
    In a tightening contemporary housing market in Northern European Welfare states, civic actors no longer squat vacant premises but negotiate the ways in which they are used in collaboration with governmental and private stakeholders. These citizens who are active in re-purposing vacant housing stock start off with a voluntary engagement – a commitment that is directed towards the common good. Through ethnographically inspired fieldwork in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna, the research explores those notions of ownership, citizenship and autonomy that are manifest in the practices of these communal projects. To engage with these citizens, Karin has coined citizen professionals as a sensitizing concept, asking: What does ownership mean to CPs? How can they stay autonomous? And, how are the longing for autonomy and place interrelated? By elucidating CPs as agents of our times, the research explores whether new forms of citizenship are developed – citizenship that appears to be based on notions of ownership as a precondition for being autonomous."

    Keywords: welfare states, financialisation of housing, governance, right to the city, squatting movement, vacancy, bottom-up projects, communality, citizen professional, ethical ownership, citizenship, autonomy, neighbourhood development, common good.

    Faculty of Humanities > Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) & Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences > Sociology and Anthropology | University of Amsterdam 

    Jan-Willem Duyvendak & René Boomkens

  • Publicaties




    • Christof, K. (2016). Hybrid Actors in Urban Policy: Modi Operandi of Self-Reliant Hands-On Professionals. Unpublished. In EURA - European Urban Research Association - Conference: City lights. Cities and citizens within / beyond / notwithstanding the crisis


    • Christof, K., & Majoor, S. J. H. (2021). A City of Strong Government and Active Citizens: Eigenlogik Amsterdam. In M. van der Veen, & J. W. Duyvendak (Eds.), Participate!: Portraits of Cities and Citizens in Action (pp. 40-61). nai010 publishers. [details]
    • Christof, K., & Sack, F. (2021). In Search of Berlin: A City Renegotiating Realities and Visions. In M. van der Veen, & J. W. Duyvendak (Eds.), Participate! : Portraits of Cities and Citizens in Action (pp. 82-103). nai010 publishers.


    • Christof, K. (2018). Methodological tools for explorations of urban changes in built environments [Review of: B. Campkin, G. Duijzings (2016) Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies]. Rooilijn, 51(1), 76-78. http://archief.rooilijn.nl/home?issue=05101 [details]


    • Christof, K. (2017). Practice of Citizen Professionals in Built Environments. Paper presented at Conference Urban World-Making, Amsterdam, .


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  • Nevenwerkzaamheden
    • Gemeente Amsterdam
      Adviseur Commissie voor Ateliers en (Woon)Werkpanden Amsterdam (CAWA)