Track 1: Jane Jacobs, ethics, and the just city

Claudia-Basta-roundDr. Claudia Basta is senior Assistant Professor  at Wageningen University.

Claudia Basta is co-chair of the Thematic Group ‘Ethics, Values and Planning’ of the European Association of Schools of Planning (AESOP) and member of the Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA) of Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen. Her main interests gravitate around planning theory in relation to the themes of social (in)equality, social justice, and the relation between urban spaces and human capabilities. She is the Editor of Ethics, Design and Planning of the Built Environment (with Moroni S., 2013, Springer) and of numerous contributions on the ethics of spatial planning.

Thomas-Hartmann---Utrecht-(c)Dr. Thomas Hartmann is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University.

Dr. Thomas Hartmann is assistant professor at the Dept. Human Geography and Spatial Planning of Utrecht University. One of his focal areas is planning theory, with a specialisation in aspects of justice and ethics in the city. Thomas Hartmann is also affiliated with the Czech Jan Evangelista Purkyne University (UJEP) in Usti nad Labem, and he was in 2015/2016 guest professor at the University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research, where he taught on “Justice in the City”.

Roberto-Rocco-profess-2015Dr. Roberto Rocco is Senior Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.

Roberto Rocco
 is an Assistant Professor at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His main fields of research are governance, social sustainability and spatial justice in urban development. Using those concepts as frameworks, he has conducted research in informal urbanization processes in the developing world and in regional planning and design. Rocco is currently editing the “Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation”, in which more than 30 cases around the world are analyzed by different authors, seeking to understand how informal urbanization influences access to citizenship and the right to the city. He holds a Master in Urban Planning by the University of São Paulo and a Doctorate in regional planning by the TU Delft. More information at 

Track 2: Jane Jacobs and Street Spaces – Streets as public places

Agus-Martire-ROUNDDr. Agustina Martire is lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

Agustina has studied architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is specialised in urban history and theory. She received her PhD at TU Delft on the history of Urban Leisure Waterfronts and  has worked as a post-doctoral researcher in UCD Dublin. She is currently leading an international project on the analysis of streets as public spaces, from a multidisciplinary perspective, which sheds light on the way urban spaces are used and represented.  She runs a design studio unit in MArch focused on street analysis and run the fifth year humanities dissertation and third year history and theory module.

Track 3: Jane Jacobs and the dynamics of neighbourhoods

Andre-OuwehandAndré Ouwehand is senior researcher at OTB – Research for the built environment, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

His main fields of interest are neighborhood change and housing. He has conducted research on the interface of social and physical processes in neighborhoods, branding and lifestyle profiling, urban renewal policies, housing governance and housing allocation. He was editor of two books on research in urban renewal and published a book about Dutch housing associations.
He is presently also completing his PhD at TU Delft. Formerly he was manager of housing policy for the city of Rotterdam (1990-1998) and worked before that time as an adviser for neighbourhood organisations and tenants associations, as well in the city of Rotterdam as on the national level.

Brian-DoucetBrian Doucet is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Originally from Toronto, Doucet has lived in Holland since 2004. His work critically examines today’s urban renaissance and questions the celebration of the contemporary cities by asking: who profits from this remaking of the city? He has written extensively on gentrification, waterfront regeneration and urban redevelopment.
His approach is to focus on 
 engaged research, relevant to academic, political and societal debates. More information at

Track 4: Jane Jacobs and the Reshaping old urban fabrics in Chinese cities

Qu-Lei2ROUNDDr. Lei Qu is an Assistant Professor at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.

Dr. Lei Qu is a full-time Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology. She works at the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. She studied Architectural Design at Tsinghua University in China from 1994 to 1999 for her Bachelor’s degree, and obtained Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Urban Planning and Design at the same University in 2004. Her research interests vary from Housing and Liveability to Urban Transformation and Strategic Development Strategies, with special interests in comparative studies between European and Chinese cities.

Track 5: Jane Jacobs and organised complexity

Stephen-Read-2011Dr. Stephen Read is Associate Professor at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.

Stephen’s specialisms are Urban spatial form, movement and process, social-spatial form and transformation, urban spatial evolution, urban spatial modeling and design. Interests: Process philosophy, philosophy of physics, complexity science, biological morphogenesis, network theory, perception/cognition, anthropological place, dynamical systems, urban ecology, space and time geography.

yaya_for-jj-ROUNDXiaofan Deng is an urban planner and architect active in the Netherlands and China and a PhD candidate at the department of Urbanism at TU Delft.

She is the project director of urban design firm ROAM in Rotterdam, and is also an external PHD candidate at the department of Urbanism at TU Delft. She received an architecture degree in Beijing Jiaotong University and later went to the Netherlands to pursue her master degree in Urbanism at TU Delft. Before joining ROAM, she worked as urban planner in KCAP Architects and Planners on various scales of urban projects across the world.Xiaofan combined her practical experience with academic interests for her PhD study. Her research focuses on the planning process and tools for urban regeneration, and their impacts on city’s development at various scales, especially at the local scale.

Track 6: Jane Jacobs and safety in public space

pakoz-roundMuhammed Ziya Paköz is a researcher in the department of urban and regional planning at Abdullah Gül University, Turkey.

His research interests focus on accessibility, location, local and regional development, urban transport, mobility and acculturation. He received his PhD degree in urban and regional planning from Istanbul Technical University. He worked as an urban planner at the Ministry of Public Works and Settlement (2007-2009), as a research assistant at Erciyes University (2009-2011) and Istanbul Technical University (2011-2015). He is currently working on local development plans of different cities in Turkey.  .

photo_ahmetgun-roundAhmet Gün is a research assistant at Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University .

Gün is also Phd Student at Architectural Design Department. He 
defended my MSc thesis in 2014 on benefitting of unused industrial plants. My current research interest vary from architectural theory, participation in architectural design, resistance & architectural relations, space and safety, urban transformation


photo_Ahmet_Bas-roundAhmet BAŞ is full-time research assistant at the Urban and Regional Planning Department of the Faculty of Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University.

BAŞ defended his  MSc thesis in 2012, on the Turkish RDAs performance, in ITU. His current research interests range from urban transportation, planning theory, transportation modeling systems, urban history, urban centrality, and urban renovation. He teaches spatial modelling and research methods. He is a PhD candidate  at the Istanbul Technical University, studying high speed railway systems and their effects on cities.