Jessica Verheij

Jessica Verheij
Universität Bern | UniBe · Institute of Geography

Msc. Urban Planning
Phd Geography | University of Bern | Political Urbanism and Sustainable Spatial Development


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I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Geograpy of the University of Bern. I work on the governance of densification towards sustainability, with case-studies in Utrecht and Bern. My research focuses on how densification shapes greening processes in cities. Based on an institutional analysis, and recognizing the significant role of property rights, I ask how the governance of densification influences who has access to green spaces in cities and why.
August 2017 - August 2019
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • Sustainable Urban Planning & Design
August 2013 - July 2014
University of Amsterdam
Field of study
  • Political Geography


Publications (3)
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There is rising scholarly and political interest in participatory budgets and their potential to advance urban sustainability. This article aims to contribute to this field of study through the specific lens of the city of Lisbon’s experience as an internationally acknowledged leader in participatory budgeting. To this end, the article critically e...
As urban greening has become a prevalent tool in the context of global climate governance, this paper examines Lisbon’s greening strategies in the context of its election as European Green Capital 2020. While applying an analytical framework based on environmental justice, we perform a cross-analysis of the city-wide greening strategies, together w...
In the summer of 2018 the European Commission awarded Lisbon as European Green Capital 2020 – in part due to investments made by Lisbon municipality in Green Infrastructure (GI) and new green spaces. As the city is becoming greener, this study aims to analyze Lisbon’s urban greening strategies from an environmental justice perspective. It does so b...


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Projects (2)
The GoverDENSE project aims to study the institutional determinants of densification challenges. It analyses how densification processes are governed and simultaneously questions the impacts of current attempts at increasing the performance of planning implementation in terms of sustainability. Its overarching research question examines the conditions under which spatial planning can lead more effectively to increased densification while retaining urban quality for all, including more vulnerable socio-economic groups.
Archived project
ROCK focuses on historic city centres as extraordinary laboratories to demonstrate how Cultural Heritage [CH] can be a unique and powerful engine of regeneration, sustainable development and economic growth for the whole city: