Researchers

Brief biographical information about PARCOUR’s researchers.

THE NETHERLANDS
Tuna Tasan-Kok

Tuna Tasan-Kok

Prinicipal Coordinator

Tuna Tasan-Kok is Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. Tuna has wide-ranging knowledge and experience in the fields of urban social geography and urban planning and has worked for several high-ranked international organisations with connections to extensive international research networks with whom she actively collaborates. 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. She has initiated, coordinated, and implemented several internationally and locally funded research projects and has attracted significant research funding including a prestigious multi-million EU grant (FP7 project DIVERCITIES). Currently she is the Principal Investigator of a NWO-FAPESP-ESRC funded project, PARCOUR (Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment). Other international and local grants include Urban Europe, Euronet, NWO and FWO among others.

Tuna has published widely including international peer-reviewed articles in distinguished academic journals: European Urban and Regional Studies; Antipode; Regional Studies; Journal of Economic and Social Geography; and European Planning Studies. Tuna has been contracted by prestigious academic publishers Springer and Routledge to produce several books and has been commissioned by the European Union to publish policy recommendation handbooks serving wider international policy networks. She is co-editor of the journal European Urban and Regional Studies (EURS) and the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (HBE).

She has designed, coordinated and taught courses at diverse levels (BA, Masters and PhD) both in the disciplines of urban planning and social geography. She has supervised numerous PhD and Master’s theses. She founded, coordinated and taught a full curriculum of a Human Geography Track at BA level, designed several introduction courses in Urban Planning, and was invited to numerous PhD or graduate schools across Europe to teach. She is experienced in building academic teams and managing groups of researchers and has been invited to keynote talks, guest lectures, and award and grant committees around the globe.

University of Amsterdam Profile | Academic website

Martijn van den Hurk

Martijn van den Hurk

Researcher

Martijn van den Hurk is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are public-private partnerships, contracts, infrastructure, and urban regeneration. His current research focuses on the role of contracts in urban redevelopment projects, particularly in regard to the public interest and public accountability. Martijn obtained his Ph.D. degree in Political Science at the University of Antwerp in 2015. His dissertation was on the governance and contracting of public-private partnerships for the provision of public infrastructure. As a Ph.D. candidate, Martijn was a visiting researcher at the University of Central Lancashire (2012) and the University of Toronto (2015). His work has been published in a number of journals, including Land Use Policy, International Journal of Project Management, Public Management Review, and Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

University of Amsterdam Profile | ResearchGate

UNITED KINGDOM
Dr Andrew Tallon

Dr Andrew Tallon

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Tallon completed a BA (Hons) in geography in 1998 and a PhD in urban geography in 2002 at the University of Wales Swansea, where he was also a Lecturer in Human Geography from 2001 until 2003. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Urban Policy in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at UWE Bristol since 2003. Andrew’s teaching and research focuses on issues of urban regeneration and urban policy, particularly focusing on city centre housing development, retail regeneration, the revitalisation of the night-time economy, creativity and carnivals, and evaluation of urban policy. He has published around 30 articles in the academic and practitioner literature, and has written two editions of the book Urban Regeneration in the UK. He has been the Editor of the Journal of Regeneration and Renewal since 2010. He is a Fellow of the RGS-IBG and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

UWE Bristol Profile

David Williams

David Williams

Research Associate

David Williams has been working at the University of the West of England (UWE) as a research associate since March 2016. David completed his PhD at UWE in 2015 and his research involved designing a sociological model to understand how the transport planning system locks us into unsustainable patterns of travel behaviour. David’s current research focuses on the delivery of sustainable urban regeneration in the UK through the PARCOUR project and has presented initial findings at the RSA Winter Conference in London in 2016, the Universities Transport Studies’ Group Conference in Dublin in January 2017, the iBuild Conference in Leeds in April 2017 and AESOP in Lisbon in July 2017. In April 2017 David was awarded the Wolfson Prize Lightbulb Award for Innovation for his concept of harnessing energy from the highway network. His concept explored how the government could bring this from the prototype phase to delivery across the whole highway network in the UK.

UWE Bristol Profile

Prof. Dr. Rob Atkinson

Prof. Dr. Rob Atkinson

Vice-President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and editor of EURA’s journal Urban Research and Practice

Prof. Dr. Rob Atkinson’s research interests include cross-national work on urban regeneration, urban governance and community participation, urban social exclusion and European urban and spatial policy. He was part of the New Deal for Communities National Evaluation and the Local Strategic Partnerships Feasibility Study. He is Vice-President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and editor of EURA’s journal Urban Research and Practice. Further activities in his field of expertise include: (1) “Spatial Deconcentration of Economic Land Use and Quality of Life in European Metropolitan Areas” (SELMA) within FP5; (2) “Governance for Sustainability” (G-FORS) and URBAN MATRIX (knowledge dissemination platform) within FP6; (3) Urban Environment Thematic Strategy with the European Commission (DG Environment): Member of the Urban Expert Group advising the European Commission and academic coordinator of a consultation exercise (6th Urban Environment Action Programme); (4) European Urban Knowledge Network: Expert Advisor on Urban Environment; (5) Evaluation of ESPON and drawing up the framework for ESPON II for the European Commission (DG Regio), with Ramboll Management, Brussels (6) European Concerted Research Action (COST Action C20) “Urban Knowledge Arena: Developing a European Arena for Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Production of Knowledge and Know-How on Complex Urban Problems”: Member of the Management Committee; (7) ESPON project ‘Attractiveness of European Regions and Cities for Residents and Visitors’ (ATTREG); (8) In 2011 worked with the Urban Development Group and the Polish Ministry of Regional Development on ‘The urban dimension in Future Cohesion Policy’ as part of Poland’s preparation for the presidency of the EU in the second half of 2011: (9) currently working JPI Climate project – Collective governance, innovation and creativity in the face of climate change (SELFCITY) 2015-2017; (10) currently working on Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment (PARCOUR) 2015-2018; (11) currently working on Horizon 2020 project Inequality, Urbanization and Territorial Cohesion: Developing the European Social Model of economic growth and democratic capacity (COHSMO) 2017-2021.

UWE Bristol Profile

BRAZIL
Maria Lucia Refinetti Rodrigues Martins

Maria Lucia Refinetti Rodrigues Martins

Full Professor

Prof. Maria Lucia Refinetti Martins has a Ph.D. degree in Architecture and Planning. She is Full Professor at the University of São Paulo, at the Architecture and Planning Faculty, where she has been lecturing since 1999, and has been coordinator of the Graduate Program from 2009 to 2013.

Maria Lucia has academic and professional experience in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, mostly on urban policy, social housing, urban law, and the urban environment. Her research mainly focuses on themes of urban governance, the upgrading of informal settlements, and spatial organisation through social relations in Brazilian and Latin American cities. She has participated in several internationally funded research projects as coordinator of the Brazilian team, and she has initiated, coordinated, and implemented various locally funded research projects and service learning projects. Currently she is involved in the NWO-FAPESP-ESRC funded project PARCOUR (Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment).

Maria Lucia has published in local and Latin American journals and books, and in proceedings of national and international conferences. She is a Member of the Editorial Board of several Brazilian and Latin-American journals like, including Revista Brasileira de Estudos Urbanos e Regionais, Temas de Administração Pública, Pós, Vivienda Popular (UY), and ARQUISUR Revista (AR).

She has supervised many postdoctoral researchers and supervised numerous master’s and Ph.D. dissertations. She participates in Public Policy Councils representing the University of São Paulo. Prior to lecturing at the university she worked as an urban planner at the planning department of the municipality of São Paulo, and later as advisor in urban planning to members of the São Paulo City Council and the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo.

FAUUSP Profile

Alvaro Pereira

Alvaro Pereira

Researcher

Alvaro Pereira develops research projects related to political economy, law, and territorial planning, specifically addressing topics such as the production of urban space, post-Fordism, financialisation, gentrification and urban regulation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo (2007) and obtained his master’s and PhD degree at the Department of Economic and Financial Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo (2011 and 2016). Alvaro carried out an exchange research program in 2015 at the University of Leuven/KU Leuven in Belgium, where he joined the research project Real Estate, State and Financial Complex (REFCOM). He currently works as a postdoctoral researcher within the project Public Accountability to Residents in Contractual Urban Redevelopment (PARCOUR) at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo.

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Gabriel Palladini

Gabriel Palladini

Researcher

Gabriel Palladini graduated in Business Management at the São Paulo Business School – Getúlio Vargas Foundation (2015). His coursework focused on the management model of the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP). He has worked at the Semeia Institute, which studies contractual models for National Parks in Brazil (2014). After his graduation in Business Management Gabriel started his master’s studies at the Architecture and Urbanism School of São Paulo at the University of São Paulo. He has selected the public-private partnership of social housing in downtown São Paulo (PPP Casa Paulista) as one of his case studies. Since December 2016 he has been involved in the PARCOUR Project, especially by collecting the information related to the PPP Casa Paulista.

Paula Oliveira

Paula Oliveira

Researcher

Paula Oliveira graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism/FAUUSP) and achieved a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (2017) at the same institution. In 2013 and 2014 she was part of the reporting team on the review of the São Paulo Master Plan (Law nº16, 050/14). Between 2013 to 2015, she was a researcher on Stormwater Management in Urban Environment, a project coordinated by Prof. Maria Lucia Refinetti Martins, in the Laboratory of Housing and Human Settlements of FAUUSP (LabHab). This project involved designing the course Construction-Site School: Urban Waters, which brought together the university, public authorities, and the community. Paula is a member of the LabLaje Collective, which seeks to build and share academic knowledge on the upgrading of favelas. Since September 2017 she has been involved in PARCOUR as a research assistant.

Sofia Bittencourt

Sofia Bittencourt

Researcher

Sofia Bittencourt is an architect and urbanist. She graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina and studied at the University of Salford (UK) as part of an international exchange program. Sofia worked as an undergraduate researcher on the themes of spatial accessibility, urban morphology, and heritage. Following her thesis on urban design, she joined the Residency Program in Urban Planning and Management at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo in partnership with the São Paulo Municipality. Sofia was involved in PARCOUR as a research assistant between October 2016 and August 2017. She moved to Amsterdam in the summer of 2017 and started a Research Master in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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