Prof. Dr. Tuna Taşan-Kok is an urban social geographer and planner. She is Professor of Urban Governance and Planning at the University of Amsterdam in the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Urban Governance Research Network

View of Amsterdam

UGoveRN is an academic platform to build, share and communicate research activities in the field of urban governance and planning. I initiated it within the framework of the Chair of Urban Governance and Planning at UvA.

Research Projects

What Is Governed in Cities?

Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production.

Parcour Research

Public accountability to residents in contractual urban redevelopment.


Governing Urban Diversity, Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today’s Hyper-diversified Cities.


Learn more about my teaching work at the University of Amsterdam including course coordination, information on lectures, links to research and student contributions in the field of Urban Planning and Governance.


Research output: Two research projects, two special issues, two articles, and new prospects

Two research projects (DIVERCITIES and PARCOUR) that I took a leading role are completed in the last few years. Time to harvest. Both projects went over the complexities of urban governance though studying two completely different issue areas and by deploying...

Awarded by the ORA (Open Research Area for the Social Sciences) funds for a new research project

Thrilled with the news that our research proposal What Is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production is awarded by prestigious ORA funds, a European scheme in which the Netherlands Organisation for...

Appointed as professor of Urban Governance and Planning at the University of Amsterdam

Honoured and thrilled with my professorship appointment at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Proudly, I'm one of the 100 women in the Netherlands (and of 19 in Amsterdam) who are promoted in 2018 for professorship, awarded through special funds initiated by former...

New urban leadership in the era of de-globalisation?

Between 9-12 October 2017 European Commission headquarters hosted a series of activities within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities as an annual event devoted to discuss contemporary challenges and opportunities of cities and regions. I was...

Consensus hunters? Exploring the role of planners in the era of post-politics

I have recently co-authored an article with Dr. Esin Ozdemir, who have been visiting TUDelft as a TUBITAK post-doc fellow for a year while I was still working there. The article, which is published by Urban Studies, explores the meaning of "post-politics" in planning...

We are organising a special session at AAG Annual Meeting in New Orleans

CFP Session at AAG Conference 2018, New Orleans New Investment Landscapes and Contemporary Urban Development: Exploring the Social Relations of the Real Estate Industry   Mike Raco, Nicola Livingstone (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London), and...

From Student to Urban Planner

Mark Oranje and I have been working on this book, From Student to Urban Planner, for the last few years. We have worked with young planning practitioners from all around the world, whose experiences were shared by planning scholars from all around the world. Download...

Cityscope essay on our DIVERCITIES Handbook

Cityscope correspondent David Hatch has written about the DIVERCITIES handbook on Cityscope's website. It's a great piece taking into account the substantial research we undertook in 14 cities. You can read the full text below. Image: Participants take part in this...

Divercities Handbook

A Handbook for Governing Urban Diversity, the DIVERCITIES handbook and final deliverable for the EU FP7 funded DIVERCITIES project, is out now. It features detailed information gleaned from DIVERCITIES research in 14 countries by a team of 60+ international...

Toronto City Book

The Toronto City Book brings together four years of in-depth research undertaken in the Jane and Finch district in the northwest of Toronto as part of the EU funded DIVERCITIES project. As the Team Leader for the book my role was to oversee the research and content....

Latest student research