Dr. Stephanie Geertman
Dr. Stephanie Geertman is a researcher in sustainable urban development. She seeks to understand the interrelation of spatial urban transformation and well-being of urban citizens. The central theme in her studies is everyday urban space appropriation practices. She studied this with Vietnam as case in the domains: the tactics of the informal housing sector (Ph.D. Eindhoven University of Technology, Urban Development 2007), and youth and their appropriation tactics of public space (Postdoctoral fellow, Political Science, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montreal 2013-2015). She furthermore worked in Hanoi as a Liveable City advisor for the Canadian NGO HealthBridge, as advisor for the private sector, and UN-Habitat in Vietnam. After 15 years of international work (Vietnam, Tanzania, Canada, USA, Switzerland), Stephanie moved back to the Netherlands in 2016. She currently works for the group Psychology for Sustainable Cities at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, and for the Research Institute for Regional and Sustainable Development in Dortmund, Germany.