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Theses from Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ASW)

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary field in the Social Sciences, with connections to the Humanities and the Natural (earth) Sciences. The domain is designed in relation to the UvA’s Urban Studies Research Priority Area and draws upon the research and teaching expertise of its staff. The growing importance of Urban Studies is reflected in, for example:

  1. the rapid acceleration of urbanization world-wide (esp. in China, India, and elsewhere in the Global South);
  2. the transition to an information economy that is primarily embedded in urban areas;
  3. the emergence of ‘world cities’: the main nodes of a global urban network;
  4. the growing importance of local and regional urban government and governance in the present era of neoliberalism.


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