In my teaching, I focus on questions of governance and planning and their inter-relations with urban and regional design processes. My approach is characterised by a creative and mutually-beneficial dialogue between research and teaching. I use research projects to ‘situate’ and anchor teaching process, while learning from the students and applying their insight to research. I put an emphasis on nurturing cross-disciplinary and critical thinking and ability to engage in debates in the world of practice and within academia. This entails pushing the students to address the ‘why’ and ‘for whom’ questions and to develop sound methodological, theoretical and empirical foundations for their design and research explorations. Finally, I pay special attention to sensitising the students to the social and governance dimensions and societal and institutional consequences of urban planning and design choices. I also provide them with methodological tools to explore those dimensions and design inclusive stakeholder engagement strategies.
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam (2016-2019):