Onderzoeksexpertise: de geleefde stad (thuisvoelen, buurtbinding, politiek van plaats) en ruimtelijke ongelijkheid (segregatie, gentrificatie, kwetsbare wijken, sociale menging)
Key research interests: geography of everyday life, home and belonging, politics of place, urban inequality and governing marginality.
As Associate Professor in Urban Geography, I am affiliated to the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and the Center for Urban Studies. What I love about Urban Geography, is that you can encounter the urban transformations and social challenges you read about in text books and academic papers as soon as you step out into the city. Much of my inspiration for research and teaching comes from such everyday observations, in Amsterdam where I was born and raised, but also in other cities that I have visited over the years.
My research agenda concerns the geography of everyday urban life, referred to as de geleefde stad in Dutch. I explore how residents experience, use and produce urban space, studying the different ways in which neighborhoods form meaningful places for residents (or not) and raising questions about place-based processes of in- and exclusion, feelings of belonging and loss, encounters with difference, and place-making and place-claiming. An important element in my research is how such lived experiences of the city are shaped by - and also contribute to - macro-processes of polarization, segregation and fragmentation of urban space. I have investigated these processes in a wide range of neighborhoods, from marginalized neighborhoods targeted by urban renewal to white working class areas and elite spaces in the city like the Amsterdam Canal Belt.
In addition to my academic work, I hold a seat at the Programme Council of the Center for Urban Inequality, which aims to generate new research insights in the persistent and cumulative nature of inequality in Amsterdam and thereby contribute to policy practices that can address these challenges for the city. I contribute to the Programme Council through my interest in spatial inequalities, urban marginality and neighborhood effects. For more information, see https://kenniscentrumongelijkheid.nl/
November 2022: Jeroen van der Veer scriptieprijs
Voor het tweede jaar wordt de Jeroen van der Veer scriptieprijs uitgereikt door de AFWC voor de beste Master scriptie op het gebied van volkshuisvesting en wonen. Ik heb de eer deel uit te maken van de jury Zie https://www.afwc.nl/over-afwc/jeroen-van-der-veerprijs voor meer informatie.
September 2022: nieuwe publicatie over buurteffecten
Voor het Lexicon Nabijheid en Sociaal Werk schreef ik een korte, Nederlandstalige bijdrage over buurteffecten, wat dat precies zijn en waar ze vandaan komen. Hier vind je een digitale versie van het Lexicon en mijn bijdrage.
My research focuses on how urban residents encounter, experience and engage with the city and processes of urban change, both emotionally and practically. I engage with these themes through a critical lense, exploring differences and inequalities in the degree to which residents are able to participate and feel at home in the city. Current projects include:
In the past years I have explored and collaborated on a range of topics around the geography of everyday urban life, including:
The following Academic publications are indicative for my work, For a more extensive list of my work, see 'Publicaties'.
Pinkster, F. M., Ferier, M. S., & Hoekstra, M. S. (2020). On the Stickiness of Territorial Stigma: Diverging Experiences in Amsterdam's Most Notorious Neighbourhood. Antipode, 52(2), 522-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12608
Pinkster, F. M., & Boterman, W. R. (2017). When the spell is broken: gentrification, urban tourism and privileged discontent in the Amsterdam canal district. Cultural Geographies, 24(3), 457-472. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474474017706176
Pinkster, F. M. (2016). Narratives of neighbourhood change and loss of belonging in an urban garden village. Social & Cultural Geography, 17(7), 871-891. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2016.1139169
Pinkster, F. M. (2014). "I Just Live Here": Everyday Practices of Disaffiliation of Middle-class Households in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods. Urban Studies, 51(4), 810-826. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098013489738
My teaching responsibilities range from large-scale, first year Bachelor courses to individual thesis supervision at Bachelor, Master and Research Master level. I supervise PhD students and am strategically engaged in our academic program as Academic Advisor for our bachelor and master programs in Human Geography and Planning.
If you are writing a thesis in the field of Urban Geography or Urban Studies and are considering me as a supervisor, please have a look at my research page for potentially shared interests. Some examples of thesis topics that I have supervised:
Thijs van der Steeg (2022) De vergeten rol van de bewoner in het klimaatakoord, Universiteit van Amsterdam (promotores: Prof Dr Arnold Reijndorp & Dr Nanke Verloo)
Henk Huisjes (2021) Ward, web and world. Geopolitical outlooks of and for the Dutch police, Universiteit van Amsterdam (promotores: Prof. Dr. Robert Kloosterman & Dr. Virginie Mamadouh)
Gijs Custers (2021) The new divided city, Erasmus Universiteit (promotor: prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen)
Elise Schillebeekx (2019) Aankomstwijken in Vlaanderen, Universiteit Antwerpen/KU Leuven (promotores: Prof Dr Stijn Oosterlynck & Prof Dr Pascal de Decker)
Alana Osbourne (2018) Touring Trench Town: Commodifying Urban Poverty and Violence in Kingston, Jamaica, Universiteit van Amsterdam (promotores: Prof Dr Rivke Jaffe & Prof Dr Michiel Baud)
Emily Miltenburg (2017), A different place for different people, Universiteit van Amsterdam (Promotores: Prof Dr Herman van der Werfhorst & Prof Dr Tom van der Meer)
Zie hieronder enkele korte Nederlandstalige artikelen over mijn onderzoek: