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Dr. M.J.M. (Thea) Dukes

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
WP Groep: Docenten GPIO/ISW

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: B4.20
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Short biography

    From 2010 I have worked as senior lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISW) programme. In this undergraduate programme, I develop, teach and coordinate various Dutch and English courses on the cutting edge of disciplines, such as Human Geography, Sociology and Environmental Psychology.
    These courses are part of ISW and/or the URBAN studies minor and focus primarily on cities. Examples relate to: Verkenning van In- en Uitsluiting; Perspectives on Amsterdam; Age, City & Work; Contemporary Debates Cities; Cities & Change; Amsterdam: Sense, Space & Public Design; Schaal, Plaats & Ruimte (Introduction in Human geography) and the Bachelorthesis Urban Studies.

    In terms of (inter-)disciplinary education, I have a background in both Psychology (Free University of Amsterdam, MA, 1988) and Human Geography (University of Minnesota, MA, 1999). After I joined the University of Amsterdam in 2000, I have participated in many (inter)national urban research projects, while working on a PhD thesis (University of Amsterdam, 2007). These projects usually focused on comparing city policy and city dynamics, and were run by various (inter)national networks of both social scientists of urban research and non-academic partners. 

    UvA Summer School Programme 'Amsterdam Sensescapes: Sense, Space & Strategy:' Participants & Academic Director (Thea Dukes)

    Research interests

    My main research interests lie within an interdisciplinary (social science) field and focus on cities, city dynamics and urban planning. They combine insights from various disciplines, like Human Geography, Psychology and Sociology. Topics relate to: diversity and the inclusive city, sense of belonging, the multisensory city, the 'planned' & the 'lived' city and placemaking (design of public space).

    Research projects that I have carried out in the past were primarily rooted in Urban and Political Geography. Topics related, for example, to: European and Dutch (area-based) urban policy (URBAN, Grotestedenbeleid, urban restructuring), urban and multi-level governance, the 'Europeanization' of Dutch cities, urban policy discourses and themes like diversity, identity and social cohesion.

    Research projects

    • NICIS: Veranderende huishoudens en 'functies' van woonmilieus.
    • Social Polis: Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion.
    • URBACT project ' The URBAN experience, as seen by the researchers'.
    • Shaping Urban Problems and Sustainable Solutions: Discourses in European Urban Policy, a project within the context of the Dutch Habiforum InnovatieNetwerk Groene Ruimte en Agrocluster.
    • Urban Development Programmes, Urban Governance, Social Inclusion and Sustainability (UGIS). 
    • Identifying Models of Good Practice in Refugee Dispersal and Concentration.
    Kennisplatform Corpovenista: De buurt als jas (2016) Final Report Summary - SOCIAL POLIS (Social Platform on Cities and Social Cohesion)

    Education and Career

    • 1988: M.A. in Psychology (Labour and Organization), VU Amsterdam 
    • 1992: Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
    • 1989 - 1990: Researcher at RSOB in Amsterdam (labour market research)
    • 1990 - 1996: Management Development officer/personnel advisor at Hoechst Holland N.V.
    • 1999: M.A. in Human Geography, University of Minnesota, USA
    • 2000 - 2009: Researcher at AMIDSt, University of Amsterdam
    • 2007: PhD in Human Geography, University of Amsterdam
    • 2010 - 2017: Assistant Professor (GPIO, AISSR, University of Amsterdam)
    • 2018 - present: Senior Lecturer ISW, University of Amsterdam
  • Academic and Professional publications

    Academic and Professional publications 

    • Dukes, T. (2016), URBAN Bijlmermeer: How a European programme became the catalyst for a ‘black revolution’ in Amsterdam Southeast. In A. van Wageningen & V. Mamadouh (eds.), Urban Europe, Fifty Tales of the City. Amsterdam: AUP, pp. 377-384.
    • Musterd, S., A. Teernstra, W. van Gent and T. Dukes (2015), De Buurt als Jas: Veranderende huishoudens, dynamische buurten en de functie van woonmilieus. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
    • Dukes, T. (2015), Urban Bijlmermeer: hoe een Europees programma de inzet werd van een ‘zwarte revolutie’. In V. Mamadouh and A. van Wageningen (eds.), EU@Amsterdam, een stedelijke raad. Essays over de Europese stad. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 379-386.
    • Dukes, T. (2014), Amsterdam ‘Slimme wereldstad’. Rooilijn, (47), no.2, pp. 88-95.
    • Dukes, T. and Van der Wusten, H. (2014), Hesitant Europeanisation: two decades of practice in two city governments.TESG, Outlook on Europe, 105 (5), pp. 630-635. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12082
    • Dukes, T. (2013) Hoe plan je de geleefde stad? In Nova Terra. Nirov Nova Terra.
    • Dukes, T. (2013) Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren. Deelrapportage Amsterdam. NICIS project. University of Amsterdam.
    • Dukes, T. & S. Musterd (2012) Towards Social Cohesion: Bridging National Integration Rhetoric and Local Practice: The Case of the Netherlands. In  Urban Studies 49(9), pp. 1981-1997.
    • Dukes, T. (2012) Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren. Deelrapportage Den Haag. NICIS project. University of Amsterdam report.
    • Dukes, T. (2012) Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren. Deelrapportage Tilburg. NICIS project. University of Amsterdam report
    • Dukes, T. (2011) Indische Buurt Amsterdam: oude buurt, nieuw elan. #kijkSW (1st issue of CSW journal), University of Amsterdam.
    • Dukes, T. (2010) 'The "European turn" of Amsterdam and The Hague: urban Europeanization in practice,' in A. Hamedinger & A. Wolffhardt (eds.) The Europeanisation of cities. Amsterdam: Techne Press, pp. 43-58.
    • Dukes, T. (2010) 'The role of local contexts: explaining the policy process of the URBAN programmes in Amsterdam and The Hague '. Urban Research and Practice 3 (2), pp. 159-176. Routledge.
    • Dukes, T. (2010) Campus Roeterseiland: Bruggen slechten en bruggen slaan. GPIO Afdelingsbrief (September issue).
    • Dukes, T. (2010) Tilburg: wonen in de 'stad in balans'. GPIO Nieuwskrant , no. 18.
    • Dukes, T. (2010) De mythe van de 'Zwarte revolutie in de Bijlmermeer'. Infobulletin Groot Geerdinkhof, February issue, pp. 24-25.
    • Dukes, T. (2009) 'Stadsburgerschap als nieuw ideaal?', in  Rooilijn 6,pp. 382-389.
    • Dukes, T. (2009) 'Beelden van thuis: de 'Heimat' in film.' GPIO nieuwskrant (September issue). 
    • Dukes, T. (2008) 'Verbeelding van destad en stedelijke discoursen.' GPIO Nieuwskrant (14), p.5.
    • Dukes, T. (2008) The URBAN programme and the European urban policy discourse: successful instruments to Europeanize the urban level? GeoJournal 72, pp. 105-119. 
    • Dukes, T. (2007), Place, Positioning and European Urban Policy Discourse: Examples of Politics of Scale in ' Brussels ' and the Netherlands. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. PhD thesis. http://dare.uva.nl/document/39994.
    • Dukes, T. (2006), 'De 'Zwarte Bijlmermeer'. In Agora (3). 
    • Dukes, T. (2006), 'Who rules the area? Place and Positioning in European Urban Policy Discourse', in M. van den Brink & T. Metze (eds.) Words matter in policy and planning: Discourse theory and method in the social sciences . Utrecht: Netherlands Geographical Studies, pp. 103-115. 
    • Tosics, I. and T. Dukes (2005), Urban Development Programmes in the context of public administration and urban policy,' in TESG (19), pp. 390-408.  
    • Dukes, T. (2005), 'Europees grotestedenbeleid,' in Rooilijn (9), pp. 444-449. 
    • Dukes, T. (2004), 'Polarisatie in perspectief,' in Rooilijn (2), pp. 57-63. 
    • Arnoldus, M., Dukes, T., and Musterd, S. (2003) 'Dispersal Policiesin the Netherlands ,' in Spreading the 'burden'? A Review of Policies to Disperse Asylum Seekers and Refugees eds.Robinson, V., Andersson, R. and Musterd, S., Bristol, Policy Press.
    • Dukes, T. (2003), bookreview of 'The Governance of Place: Space and PlanningProcesses' (A. Madanipour, A.Hull & P. Healey (eds.), in Housing Studies , 18 (5), pp. 781-783. 
    • Dukes, T. (2002), Urban Development Programmes in Amsterdam : a preliminary assessment. Amsterdam : AME. Dukes, T. (2002), 'URBAN: Katalysator voor lokale participatie?', in Rooilijn , 6, pp. 293-296. 
    • Dukes T., Aalbers, M., Samantha Volgers & Jessica Wagenaar (2002), 'De Bijlmer vernieuwt!', in Rooilijn, 6, pp. 264-265.
    • Burgers,J., Dukes,T., Hoes, J., Musterd, S., Staring R. andR. van Kempen(2001), The Netherlands : The Cities ofAmsterdam ,Rotterdamand The Hague (UGIS-report 1)
    • Beaumont, J., Van Kempen, R., Musterd, S., Dekker, K., Staring, R., Dukes, T. and J. Burgers (2001), The Seesaw of Urban Policy in the Netherlands (UGIS - article).
  • Side activities

     Organisation of workshops/conferences

    • Organizer/Chair of Double Session ‘Senses & City Life’ at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies (Groningen, RUG, July 2013).
    • Co-organizer/Co-Chair of Double Session ‘Scales of Citizenship’ at the Annual RC 21 Conference (Amsterdam, July 2011).
    • Member of the Executive Board of the Annual RC 21 Conference 2011: The Struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings.
    • Co-Organiser (with Virginie Mamadouh and Inge van der Welle) of workshop session: ‘Urban Citizenship, Place and Scale’ at the 2010 International Metropolis Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands (October, 2010). 
    • Co-organizer/co-chair of the International Workshop: ‘Area-based urban programmes and new local governance’ at the International Conference Urban conditions and life chances, at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (6-8 July, 2006).

    Lectures/Presentation of conference papers

    • ‘Bulgaria and Rumania in the European Union: a blessing or a Trojan Horse?’, paper accepted for the special session on ‘Governing Urban Diversity: New Challenges for urban policy’ (AAG, Tampa, Florida, April 8-12, 2014).
    • Lecture, entitled ‘Omstreden stedelijkheid’ (Contested Urbanism), for the UvA Alumni organisation, Kring Geografie en planologie on November 9, 2013.
    • ‘De geplande stad en de geleefde stad: een wereld van verschil’, Paper presented at Nicis Seminar Kennis voor Krachtige Buurten, Utrecht, September 2012.
    • ‘Veranderende huishoudens en functies van woonmilieus’, contribution to a workshop at the conference of the Corpovenista Platform, Rotterdam, June 2012.
    • ‘Veranderende huishoudens en functies van woonmilieus’, contribution to a workshop at the Fall conference of the Corpovenista Platform, Amsterdam, November 2011.
    • ‘Diversity, Identity and Social Cohesion: Urban citizenship as a new ideal?’, Paper presented in the ‘Geographies of Exclusion in Europe’ session at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Washington DC, USA.
    • 'Urban Citizenship, Place and Scale: an introduction to the workshop,’ 2010 International Metropolis Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, October 2010.
    • ‘Exploring Visions on urban Renewal in Tilburg’, Paper presented at the NICIS seminar Neighbourhood Dynamics and Social Mobility, Amsterdam, June, 2010.
    • 'Stedelijke herstructurering en wijkenaanpak: Beleidsvisies in Amsterdam en Tilburg', contribution to the workshop Dynamische wijken veranderende huishoudens: verhuizen in de herwaardering, at the Conferentie Platform Corpevenista, entitled: DE WIJK: DENKEN, DOEN EN DOORZETTEN, Utrecht, June 22nd, 2010.
    • Lecture, entitled: ‘Beelden van thuis: de ‘Heimat’ in film’. It was given at an evening organised by GPIO & CREA (Amsterdam, October 19, 2009).
  • Administrative functions


    • Member of the Examinations Board of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS)(2021 – present).
    • Member of the ‘Benoemings Advies Commissie’ (a search committee) for the nomination of a new programme director Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS)(2018).Programme Director Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ASW)(2015-2016).
    • Member of search committees for the recruitment and selection of new staff (assistant professors, lecturers) (2013).
    • Member of the ISW Educational Programme Committee (Opleidingscommissie)(2010-2011), Chair (2011-2014) and member again (2021 – present).
    • Chair (and member of organisation) of the GPIO Annual Department Meeting, October 19th, 2010.
    • Member of AMIDSt Brainstorming group (‘Klankbordgroep’) (2009-2015).
  • Publicaties


    • Dukes, T. (2015). Urban Bijlmermeer: hoe een Europees programma de inzet werd van een 'zwarte revolutie' in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. In V. Mamadouh, & A. van Wageningen (Eds.), EU@Amsterdam: een stedelijke raad (pp. 379-386). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]


    • Dukes, T., & van der Wusten, H. (2014). Hesitant Europeanisation: two decades of practice in two city governments. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 105(5), 630-635. https://doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12082 [details]



    • Dukes, T. (2010). The 'European turn' of Amsterdam and The Hague: urban Europeanization in practice. In A. Hamedinger, & A. Wolffhardt (Eds.), The Europeanization of cities: policies, urban change & urban networks (pp. 43-58). Amsterdam: Techne Press. [details]
    • Dukes, T. (2010). The role of local contexts: explaining the policy process of the URBAN programmes in Amsterdam and The Hague. Urban Research & Practice, 3(2), 159-176. https://doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2010.481375 [details]



    • Musterd, S., Teernstra, A., van Gent, W., & Dukes, T. (2015). De buurt als jas: dynamische huishoudens in de veranderlijke stad. Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Dukes, T. (2014). Amsterdam slimme wereldstad. Rooilijn, 47(2), 88-95. [details]


    • Dukes, T. (2013). NICIS project: Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren: deelrapportage Amsterdam. (55). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details]
    • Dukes, T. (2013). Hoe plan je de geleefde stad? Nova Terra, special(juni 2013), 27-31. [details]


    • Dukes, T. (2012). NICIS project: Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren: deelrapportage Den Haag. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details]
    • Dukes, T. (2012). NICIS project: Visies op stedelijke herstructurering en verschillen naar actoren: eindrapportage Tilburg. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details]


    • Dukes, T. (2011). Indische Buurt Amsterdam: oude buurt, nieuw elan. #kijkSW, 1, 4-6. [details]


    • Dukes, T. (2009). Stadsburgerschap als nieuw ideaal? Rooilijn, 42(6), 382-389. [details]
    • Dukes, T. (2009). Verbeelding van thuis: de 'Heimat' in film. Nieuwskrant, 16, 8. [details]
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