In September the minor ‘Cities, Migration & Socio-Spatial Inequality’ starts. This is a combined minor of the TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterda and Leiden University, organised by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft. As part of the program students will do a integral analysis of a neighborhood in Rotterdam, supervised by Veldacademie. The neighborhood is part of the Living Lab Resilient Neighborhoods.
Students of various universities can apply until the 31th of May.
De minor counts 15 ECTS and consists of 3 parts:
- BK7470 CMSI Lecture Series and Review Paper
- BK7471 CMSI Collaborative Project: Tackling Spatial Inequality
- BK7472 CMSI Engaging with Practice of Spatial Inequality
‘’ The first course offers interactive lectures introducing the context, themes and key concepts in the minor: socio-spatial inequality, spatial justice, migration, diversity, and identity. In turn, students will prepare statements and questions in relation to each lecture; these questions will be used to spark off debate in the classroom (taking 20 minutes after each lecture). Some of the lectures will be provided by instructors from other universities: Dr. P.W.A. Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam - Public Administration) and Prof. dr. M. Schrover (Leiden University - Migration History). After a few weeks, students will select a theme or concept based on the lectures and write a literature review paper (max. 4000 words) with a research question that is approved by the instructors. This review should not only include a discussion of one of the key concepts, but also an analysis of its spatial implications.
The second course consists of interdisciplinary group work, in which students from different backgrounds work together on a real-life case study with a complex set of problems related to migration and diversity, in an urban setting in Rotterdam. In fact, the case study will be embedded in the Urban Living Lab that is currently operational in the IJsselmonde district in Rotterdam and co-ordinated by the Veldacademie. The case study will include both research – problem analysis and stakeholder identification – and planning and design, i.e. creating a socio-spatial strategy that addresses the identified problems. Obviously, students are encouraged to align their literature review papers with the research part of the project.
The third course consists of an action research approach in a neighbourhood on the South Bank of Rotterdam. Using a range of methods, students will create an integrated, multidisciplinary analysis of this neighbourhood, focussing on socio-spatial inequality, diversity and social resilience (in Dutch: veerkracht). The multidisciplinary analysis will identify the main strengths and weaknesses of the target area across several domains, ranging from housing, public space, education and economy to employment, income, participation and safety. This analysis will form the basis of the strategic plan that will be created in the second course.
The course starts with a training in field research methods by staff members of the Veldacademie. Central to the methods is the so-called Living Fields Analysis. In this analysis, both quantitative and qualitative data and policy analysis are combined into an multidisciplinary analysis of an area, which can elaborated into specific research subjects. The field research training consists of three modules: mapping with GIS/visualisation data, methods for qualitative research (interview and observation), and analysing techniques. The training offers students a kick-start for their research and strategic plan. Throughout the course, supervision will be provided by the course instructors and Veldacademie staff members.’’