Maarten is Professor of Urban Renewal and head of the Neighbourhood Change and Housing research group at the Department OTB - Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. Maarten is a population geographer with a background in economic and urban geography; is a Research Fellow at IZA; and Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews. In 2014, Maarten was awarded a 2 million Euro ERC Consolidator Grant for a 5-year research project on neighbourhood effects (DEPRIVEDHOODS).

If you are interested in doing a PhD on neighbourhood effects, neighbourhood renewal, neighbourhood change, or residential mobility, or if you are interested in spending research time at TU Delft on a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship from the European Commission, please contact me. See also our work on Socio-Economic Segregation in Europe at


NEW book: Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities. East meets West. See

Edited by Tiit Tammaru, Szymon Marcińczak, Maarten van Ham & Sako Musterd. Growing inequalities in Europe are a major challenge threatening the sustainability of urban communities and the competiveness of European cities. While the levels of socio-economic segregation in European cities are still modest compared to some parts of the world, the poor are increasingly concentrating spatially within capital cities across Europe. This book provides rigorous comparative evidence on socio-economic segregation from 13 European cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Budapest, London, Milan, Madrid, Oslo, Prague, Riga, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vienna and Vilnius. Comparing 2001 and 2011, this multi-factor approach links segregation to four underlying universal structural factors: social inequalities, global city status, welfare regimes and housing systems. Each chapter provides an in-depth and context sensitive discussion of the unique features shaping inequalities and segregation in the case study cities. The main conclusion of the book is that the spatial gap between the poor and the rich is widening in capital cities across Europe, which threatens to harm the social stability of European cities. The INTRODUCTION and CONCLUSIONS are OPEN ACCESS and can be downloaded for FREE.

The webpage of my ERC project DEPRIVEDHOODS is online. See:

ERC team now complete

After 6 months preparation, the ERC project DEPRIVEDHOODS has now formally started on the 1st of August 2014. The whole research team is now complete and ready to go. The first formal ERC meeting took place 1-3 October in Delft. From right to left: Ana Petrovic (PhD student), Kadi Mägi (PhD student), Kadri Leetmaa, Elise de Vuijst (PhD student), Merle Zwiers (PhD student), Jaap Nieuwenhuis (Post Doc), David Manley, Lina Hedman, Tiit Tammaru, Zhiqiang Feng, Reinout Kleinhans, Maarten van Ham.

I have won a 2 million Euro ERC Consolidator Grant. Project title: Socio-spatial inequality, deprived neighbourhoods, and neighbourhood effects (DEPRIVEDHOODS). More news will follow.

NEW ESRC Seminar series "Entrepreneurship in Homes & Neighbourhoods": Entrepreneurship and small firms are seen to have important roles in facilitating economic growth. Debates and policy strategies focus mainly on access to business capital and the creation of entrepreneurial environments in designated areas such as Enterprise Zones while a great potential for local growth occurs ‘under the radar’ of enterprise policy and business services: many people start their businesses from home... For more information click here.

Podcast interview on my opening keynote lecture for the Understanding Society conference on the 24th of July at the University of Essex is now available here.

My inaugural lecture as a Professor of Urban Renewal at Delft University of Technology (12 December 2012) is now available here (in Dutch only).

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