Jessica VerheijUniversität Bern | UniBe · Institute of Geography
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 processes of densification shape the development of outdoor spaces in cities. Applying a neo-institutionalist approach, and recognizing the role of property titles, I ask how processes of densification functions as a driver for the (re)production of socio-environmental inequalities.
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...
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.
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: https://rockproject.eu/