Building Inclusive Cities: Tackling Urban Inequality and Segregation

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Urban design, inequality and segregation are strongly connected.

Cities around the world, from the Global South to the Global North, are facing a rise in inequality and socio-economic segregation. The wealthy are increasingly concentrating in the most attractive urban areas and poverty is spreading to the suburbs. Rising levels of segregation have major consequences for the social sustainability of cities and leads to unequal life opportunities depending on where in the city you live.

In this course, aimed at a broad range of professionals, from urban planners and architects to geographers, you will learn what the main drivers and indicators of urban inequality and segregation are, using examples from cities from all over the world. You will learn how segregation is measured, how to interpret the results of the analyses of segregation and how to relate these insights to urban design. With this knowledge, you will be able to analyze how these issues may be affecting your local environment.

Additionally, we will present some historical examples of how urban design has played a role shaping spatial inequality and segregation in a selection of case study cities. This will help you to get a better understanding of how urban design can reduce spatial inequality and segregation.

The course is taught by the editors of the new SpringerOpen book “Urban socio-economic segregation and income inequality. A global perspective” and senior experts from the Urban Design section of TU Delft, which is ranked number 2 in the QS World University Rankings in the field of Architecture.


Maarten van Ham
Maarten van Ham

Maarten van Ham is Professor of Urban Geography, head of the Urban Studies Research Group and head of the Department of Urbanism at Delft University of Technology. He is a population geographer with a background in economic and urban geography and has published over 110 academic papers and has written, edited or contributed to 10 edited.

Van Ham studied economic geography at Utrecht University, where he obtained his PhD with honors in 2002. He worked at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University and was affiliated with the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

In 2006 he was appointed Director of the Centre for Housing Research (CHR) at the University of St Andrews. In 2011 he was appointed full Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews in the UK and also became full Professor of Urban Geography at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

He has expertise in the fields of urban poverty and inequality, segregation, residential mobility and migration; neighborhood effects; urban and neighborhood change; housing market behavior and housing choice; geography of labor markets; spatial mismatch of workers and employment opportunities.

Igor Pessoa
Igor Pessoa

Dr. Igor Pessoa is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. He is an expert on participatory planning and design practices. His research looks for possible mechanisms to improve urban resilience with focuses in community empowerment. He tries to transform the broad concept of resilience into practical, objective and implementable practices.

In TU Delft he also helped to establish the Global Urban Lab, a collective initiative of researchers that are working to tackle urban challenges in emerging economies. He became an Architect and Urban Planner by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, but has always been interested on strategies beyond the traditional design-oriented solution for urban problems. In that sense, Igor is eager to work with experimental and multidisciplinary strategies to solve complex urban challenges.

Leo van den Burg
Leo van den Burg

Trained as an architect, Leo van den Burg was introduced to the Dutch tradition in urban planning through his work in practice. At Delft University of Technology, he coordinates the design track within the Bachelors education courses and is design teacher in a variety of others.
Leo has contributed to research programs on the development of the Dutch Randstad and Southwestern Delta. He has curated two large exhibitions on Dutch Urbanism and co-edited a number of books on various topics related to urbanism and urban analysis.

He is firmly rooted in the typical Delft approach to design: contextual and multi-scalar. In his teaching, Leo stimulates an open and experimental approach to design in which research and design activities constantly run parallel. This to-and-fro, he also tries to include in blended learning: short methodical exercises supporting intuitive design statements – and vice versa.
His personal interests include ancient cities and house typologies throughout history.

Research Interest

  • Urban design, analysis techniques (typo-morphology), the dividing line between urbanism and architecture.
  • The building in its urban context, history, the structure (and development) of the Dutch city, small villages in the west of the Netherlands.
Rūta Ubarevičienė
Rūta Ubarevičienė

Rūta Ubarevičienė is a researcher with a background in urban and regional geography as well as sociology. In 2017 she obtained a PhD from Delft University of Technology and in 2018 she obtained her second PhD from the Lithuanian Social Research Centre. She is a researcher in the Urban Studies Research Group at Delft University of Technology and at the Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. She collaborated on research projects in Lithuania, the Netherlands, Germany and Estonia. Rūta is a co-editor and acts as the main contact person of the book Socio-Economic Segregation and Income Inequality: a Global Perspective, which brings together 25 research teams (55 researchers) from all over the world.

Birgit Hausleitner
Birgit Hausleitner

Birgit Hausleitner is a Lecturer of Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. She has a background as an architect, being educated at TU Vienna, Austria and Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and an urbanist, trained at TU Delft, NL and IUAV Venice, Italy. After some years of gaining practical experience as an architect in Vienna, she has been conducting research and teaching in urban design at TU Delft since 2011. At TU Delft, Birgit coordinates urbanism theory and research and design studio courses as part of the MSc urbanism and advanced MSc of European Urbanism.

She is an expert in advanced spatial analysis and its application in urban design. Her research focuses on the development and use of configurational typologies as spatial models that allow a) a multi-scalar and multi-variable evaluation of a city’s potential for economic activity, mixed-use and diversity, and b) morphological cross-case comparisons in relation to urban economic activities. She led the TU Delft project team JPI Cities of Making, focusing on the spatial-morphological preconditions for manufacturing activities in European cities. Currently, she leads the project ‘Liveable manufacturing’, research on the spatial design requirements to include manufacturing in mixed-use areas in Amsterdam.