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Jan Nijman

Title/Position: Professor of Urban Studies
Department/Faculty/Institution: University of Amsterdam
Degree(s)/School(s): PhD in Geography, U of Colorado at Boulder

MCRI Projects: A2: Governance; B3: Land and Housing Markets; B5: Regional Governance and Suburbanization; C2: North America Research Cluster; C4: South Asia Research Cluster

Background: A native of the Netherlands, Jan Nijman obtained his BA/MA in Geography from the University of Amsterdam. He moved to the United States in 1987 where he received his PhD in Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 1990 to 2010, he was Professor of Geography, Director of International Studies (1994-2001), and Director of Urban Studies (2004-2011) at the University of Miami. Since 2011, he is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Nijman’s interests are mainly in comparative urbanism in geographical and historical context, engaging questions about city-state relations and the urban effects of globalization. His main empirical work has been on Mumbai, India, and on Miami, USA, funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Nijman’s professional honors include the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in North America (1991) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003).

Research Interests: urban and regional development; comparative urbanism; globalization; history of world cities.

Selected Publications:

“Mumbai as a global city. A theoretical essay.” In: B. Derudder, M. Hoyler, P.J. Taylor & F. Witlox (eds.), International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities. Edward Elgar (in press).

Miami: Mistress of the Americas. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

“A study of space in Mumbai’s slums.” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 101 (2010): 4-17.

“Against the odds: Slum rehabilitation in neoliberal Mumbai.” Cities 25 (2008): 75-87.

“Comparative Urbanism.” Special guest-edited issue of Urban Geography vol. 28 (2007).

“Aufstieg auf Pump: Auf der Suche nach Indiens Neue Mittelschicht.” Der Überblick: Zeitschrift für Ökumenische Begegnung und Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Germany) vol.43/3 (2007): 70-75.

“Mumbai since liberalization: The space-economy of India’s gateway city.” In: A. Shaw (ed.), Indian Cities in Transition. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 2007. Pp. 238-259.

“Comparative Urbanism.” Urban Geography vol. 28 (2007): 1-6.

“Place-particularity and deep analogies: A comparative historical essay about Miami’s emergence as a world city.” Urban Geography vol. 28 (2007): 92-107.

“Locals, exiles, and cosmopolitans. A theoretical argument about identity and place in Miami.” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie vol. 98 (2007): 167-178.

“Mumbai’s mysterious middle class.” International Journal for Urban and Regional Research vol. 30 (2006): 758-775.

“The rescaling of uneven development in Ghana and India.” In: W. Moseley, D. Lanegran & K. Pandit (eds.), The Introductory Reader in Human Geography. London: Blackwell, 2006. Pp. 297-308 (with R. Grant). [Reprinted from TESG 2004].

“Globalization and the corporate geography of cities in the less-developed world.”  In: N. Brenner & R. Keil (eds.), The Global Cities Reader. New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp. 224-237 (with R. Grant). [Reprinted from The Annals of the AAG 2002].

“Cultural globalization and the identity of place: The reconstruction of Amsterdam.” In: N. Fyfe & J.T. Kenny (eds.), The Urban Geography Reader. New York: Routledge, 2005. Pp. 93-102. [Reprinted from Ecumene 1999].

The Global Crisis in Foreign Aid. Syracuse University Press, 2nd edition 2000, 1st edition 1998 (with R. Grant).