Ying Tzu Li
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
University of Amsterdam
My research interests are inspired by personal practice and observation in urban public spaces and urban social movement. In my PhD research at the University of Amsterdam, I am studying the governance of mixed-use public space. Taking urban street markets as an example of mixed-use public space, I compare how governance regimes in Amsterdam and Taipei function and are dealing with contestations in urban street markets. I take an ethnographic approach to tease out the dynamic of different stakeholders within the governance regime and to other stakeholders on the street. And ultimately how daily practices of governance shape urban mixed-use public spaces.
The aim of this comparative perspective is to explore the value of ‘mixed-use’ in planning theory. Outside of my PhD research project, I take the position of action-based research on childhood friendly urban public spaces. In my campaign participation, I interviewed practitioners and campaigners in the Netherlands and U.K to spread the core value of childhood friendly urban public spaces to the Mandarin-speaking world. In academic writing, I reflected on the practice of independent urban planners in Taipei. Being outside of the technocrat system, they work with the structural change for both children friendly urban public spaces and their own limited place in a normative planning practice system.