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Sustainability and Urban Studies

Below a snapshot of some of our researchers with expertise in the field of sustainability and urban studies.

For specific questions or to get in touch with a researcher not listed on this page, please call the UvA Press Office on +31 (0)20 525 2695 or send an email to

Mw. prof. dr. (Joyeeta) Gupta
Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Joyeeta Gupta

Joyeeta Gupta is professor of Environment and Development in the Global South. Her areas of expertise are the history of climate management, its implications for development issues and how these are affecting the South (developing countries).

T: +31 (0)152 152351

Prof. J. (Joyeeta) Gupta

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development

Prof dr. Jef Huisman
Credits: UvA-IBED

Prof. Jef Huisman

Jef Huisman is professor of Aquatic Microbiology. His areas of expertise are marine biology, aquatic ecology, oceanography, climate change and algae growth.

T: +31 (0) 20 525 7085

Prof. J. (Jef) Huisman

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Rosa Uylenburg
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Rosa Uylenburg

Rosa Uylenburg is professor of Environmental Law, specialising in nature protection law. Her areas of expertise are the enforcement of environmental law, the implementation of European environmental directives, permits ensuring compliance with environmental requirements and the integration of the environmental licensing act and nature protection law.

T: +31 (0)20 525 4756 / 3075


Prof. R. (Rosa) Uylenburg

Faculty of Law

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Prof Tuna Tasan-Kok
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Tuna Tasan-Kok

Tuna Tasan-Kok is professor of Urban Governance and Planning. She is interested in analysing urban transformation from different angles of social geography and spatial planning. Her research mainly focuses on themes of urban governance, property-led urban development dynamics, and spatial organisation through social relations.

T: +31 (0)6 55406351

Prof. M.T. (Tuna) Tasan-Kok

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Urban Planning

Verheggen, Bart

Bart Verheggen

Bart Verheggen is an expert in the field of climate issues. His areas of expertise are climate change, atmospheric chemistry and earth system science.

T: +31 (0)20 525 8271

Dr. ir. B. (Bart) Verheggen

Amsterdam University College

Franciska de Vries
Credits: Victor van Velzen

Prof. Franciska de Vries

Franciska de Vries is professor of Earth Surface Science. Her research focuses on the crucial role soils play in ecosystem response to global change. She specifically looks at how soil communities are affected by climate change, land use change and nutrient enrichment, and how these affect their functioning. 

T: +31 (0)20 525 3549

Prof. dr. ir. F.T. (Franciska) de Vries

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Prof Beate Völker, professor Sociology, especiallt the study of Labour and social inequality
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Beate Volker

Beate Volker is a professor of Sociology. Her areas of expertise are social networks, social capital and social cohesion in residential areas and elsewhere. She conducts research into neighbor relationships, friendship relationships among adults, social segregation in networks and changes in networks during the life cycle.


Prof Annemarie van Wezel
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Annemarie van Wezel

Annemarie van Wezel is professor of Environmental Ecology. Her research combines chemistry, toxicology and environmental policy. She has wide-ranging experience as a research scientist in the fields of risk assessment, toxicology and environmental chemistry, as well as environmental policy evaluation.

T: +31 (0)20 525 5684/7954

Prof. dr. A.P. (Annemarie) van Wezel

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Rivke Jaffe
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Rivke Jaffe

Rivke Jaffe is professor of Cities, Politics and Culture. Her research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and specifically on the spatialisation of power, difference and inequality within cities. She is interested in how urban problems such as poverty, crime and environmental degradation are linked to social differentiation along lines of ethnicity, class and gender. 


Prof. dr. R.K. (Rivke) Jaffe

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

GPIO : Urban Geographies