Colin McFarlane, Durham University
Colin McFarlane is an urban geographer whose work focusses on the experience and politics of informal neighbourhoods. This has involved research into the relations between informality, infrastructure and knowledge in urban India and elsewhere. A key part of this has been a focus on the experience and politics of sanitation in informal settlements in Mumbai, which was part of an Economic and Social Research Council ethnographic project on the everyday cultures and contested politics of sanitation and water in two informal settlements. His current work examines the politicisation of informal neighbourhoods in comparative perspective, including African and South Asian cities.
He is author of ‘Learning the City: Knowledge and Translocal Assemblage’ (Blackwell), a book focussed on the intersections between urban inequality, materiality, resistance and learning, as well as related edited collections, including: ‘Infrastructural Lives: Urban Infrastructure in Context’ (Earthscan-Routledge, with Steve Graham), ‘Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia’ (Routledge, with Jonathan Anjaria), and ‘Urban Informalities: Reflections on the Formal and Informal’ (Ashgate, with Michael Waibel).
In 2013, he was awarded the Leverhulme Prize for his research in urban geogrpahy. In 2010, he was awarded the Gill Memorial Award from the Royal Geographical Society for contributions to urban geography, and in 2009 a fellowship for his work on sanitation from Berlin’s Irmgard Coninx Foundation in conjunction with Humboldt University.
Esther Agricola, Municipality of Amsterdam
Since 2015 Esther Agricola is director of the department for urban planning and sustainability in Amsterdam, where about 400 experts are working on metropolitan issues like urban strategy, urban design, regional planning, energy transition, circular economy, city and health, public space, climate change, connectivity.
In 2001 Agricola became the director of the Dutch Expert Center for Urban Renewal. She focused on creating a platform for public and private parties in which innovation and learning by doing was leading.
In 2007 she changed for the Amsterdam department for monuments & archeology. She focused on the cultural power of cities, on stimulating the cooperation between heritage, urban planning and economic development, putting transformation and re-use on the urban agenda.
Ellen van Bueren, the AMS Institute and TU Delft
Ellen van Bueren is professor of Urban Development Management at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology and Principal Investigator at AMS, the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. In her research and teaching, she focuses on governance and planning of sustainable urban development, with specific attention for new forms of collaboration between public and private actors and civil society. She is teaching in MSc. programmes Management in the Built Environment and Industrial Ecology. Ellen is editor of the journals Smart and Sustainable Built Environment and Infrastructure Complexity, and has edited the text book Sustainable Urban Environments: an Ecosystem Approach (Springer, 2012).
Eva de Klerk
Eva de Klerk is a project booster and author of the new book “Make Your City – The City as a Shell”. She is a frequently asked speaker in The Netherlands and abroad on the topic of participatory city development. Eva is known as the initiator of the redevelopment of the former NDSM shipyard in the north of Amsterdam. At the NDSM ‘an Art City’ was built in a giant shipbuilding warehouse by 250 artists, skateboarders and cultural entrepreneurs. It’s the largest self-organized cultural sanctuary in Europe and the ‘City as a Shell’ philosophy she applies in her work has inspired projects in Berlin, Osaka en Seoul. Eva is also the chairman of The Guild of Industrial Buildings upon Het IJ, that represents the interests of 24 industrial and monumental artist’s buildings in Amsterdam.