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prof. dr. J.B.F. (Jan) Nijman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Dep. Human Geography, Planning & International Development Studies
GPIO : Urban Geographies
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Jan Nijman is Professor of Urban Studies and Geography. He was the Director of the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam from 2011-2015. His professional career spans over three decades in the United States and the Netherlands and he has over two decades of research experience in India. His research and teaching reach across the social sciences and humanities, with a disciplinary penchant for geography. His main interests are in urban and regional development, comparative urbanism, and the historical-geographical evolution of cities. He also maintains an interest in geopolitics, the main focus of his earlier studies. Regionally, most of his work is situated in North America, South Asia, and West Europe.

    Nijman’s research has been funded by various grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Guggenheim Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He was a recipient of the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in the United States (1991) and the J.B. Jackson book award from the Association of American Geographers (2011). He is a former Guggenheim Fellow.

    Jan Nijman is also Founding Director and Distinguished University Professor at the Urban Studies Institute of Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, and he is affiliated with the Institute for Advanced of the University of Amsterdam. He was a member of the Committee for Research & Exploration of the National Geographic Society from 2002-2011 and Chair of the Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe, 2011-2016.

     

  • Recent Books

    Jan Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs: Imagined Utopias and Transitional Spaces. University of Toronto Press, 2020. Read more ...

    Jan Nijman, M. Shin, P.O. Muller, Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts. 18th Edition. New York: Wiley, 2020. Read more ...

    Jan Nijman, M. Shin, P.O. Muller The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography. 8th Edition. New York: Wiley, 2020. Read more ...

  • Current Research Projects
    • India’s rural-urban transition: An inquiry into the nature and role of urbanization processes in India’s heretofore rural regions; the shape of emergent urban formations; the logic of agglomeration; shifting livelihoods; and urbanizing ways of life. With Chetan Choithani and Robbin-Jan van Duijne.
    • Amsterdam’s historic canal district: A study of the historic origins of the design of Amsterdam’s old city, its centuries-long evolution, and its future prospects in the face of globalization and mass tourism. Project nearing completion: edited volume with international team of scholars from Amsterdam and beyond.
    • Sea level rise and real estate markets: An analysis of the impact of sea level rise exposure on coastal urban real estate markets, with special attention to differentiation between first and second home owners; empirical comparative focus on counties in South Florida. With Xinyu Fu.
  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications Since 2019

    Scholarly books

    J. Nijman (ed.) (2020. The Life of North American Suburbs: Imagined Utopias and Transitional Spaces. University of Toronto Press.

    J. Nijman (2020). Amsterdam’s Canal District: Origins, Evolution, and Future Prospects. University of Toronto Press (in press).

     

    Text books:

    J. Nijman, M. Shin and P.O. Muller (2020). Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts. 18th Edition. Wiley.

    J. Nijman, M. Shin and P.O. Muller (2020). The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography. 8th Edition. Wiley.

     

    Edited special journal issue:

    J. Nijman and D. Wei (eds.) (2020). “Urban Inequality: Global Perspectives.” Special guest-edited issue of Applied Geography vol. 115-117.

     

    Journal articles and book chapters:

    J. Nijman and D. Wei (2020). “Urban inequalities in the 21st century economy.” Applied Geography 117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102188

    J. Nijman (2020). “Introduction: Elusive suburbia.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press, pp. 3-22.

    J. Nijman (2020). “Epilogue: Suburbs as transitional spaces.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press, pp. 349-362.

    J. Nijman and T. Clery (2020). “Rethinking suburbia: A case study of metropolitan Miami.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press, pp. 65-87.

    J. Nijman (2019). “Urbanization and Economic Development: Comparing the Trajectories of China and United States.” In: R. Forrest, J. Ren, and B. Wissink (eds.), The City in China: Perspectives on Contemporary Urbanism. Polity Press, pp. 101-124.

    R. Rothenberg, C. Stauber, D. Dai, and J. Nijman (2019). “Urban health indicators: the role of data disparities.” In: J. Nriagu (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, 2nd Edition.

    R.J. van Duijne and J. Nijman (2019). “India’s emergent urban formations.” Annals of the AAG 109/7: 1978-1998. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2019.1587285?af=R

     

  • Publications

    2019

    2016

    • Musterd, S., & Nijman, J. (2016). The social sustainability of European cities: The importance of local government. In V. Mamadouh, & A. V. Wageningen (Eds.), Urban Europe: Fifty Tales of the City (pp. 219-226). AUP. https://doi.org/10.26530/OAPEN_623610 [details]

    2015

    • Musterd, S., & Nijman, J. (2015). De sociale duurzaamheid van Europese steden: het belang van lokale overheden. In V. Mamadouh, & A. van Wageningen (Eds.), EU@Amsterdam: een stedelijke raad (pp. 217-224-27). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]
    • Nijman, J. (2015). India’s urban future: views from the slum. American Behavioral Scientist, 59(3), 406-423. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764214550304 [details]
    • Nijman, J. (2015). Naissance d’une ville mondiale. Problèmes d’Amérique Latine , 96-97, 19-37. https://doi.org/10.3917/pal.096.0019 [details]
    • Nijman, J. (2015). North American suburbia in flux. Environment and Planning A, 47(1), 3-9. https://doi.org/10.1068/a4701ge [details]
    • Nijman, J. (2015). The theoretical imperative of comparative urbanism: a commentary on 'Cities beyond compare?' by Jamie Peck. Regional Studies, 49(1), 183-186. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2014.978989 [details]
    • Nijman, J. (Guest ed.) (2015). North American suburbia in flux. Environment and Planning A, 47(1), 3-88.
    • Nijman, J., & Clery, T. (2015). Rethinking suburbia: a case study of metropolitan Miami. Environment and Planning A, 47(1), 69-88. https://doi.org/10.1068/a46281 [details]
    • Nijman, J., & Clery, T. (2015). The United States: Suburban imaginaries and metropolitan realities. In P. Hamel, & R. Keil (Eds.), Suburban governance: a global view (pp. 57-79). (Global suburbanisms). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [details]

    2014

    • Nijman, J., & Shin, M. (2014). The megacity. In P. Knox (Ed.), Atlas of cities (pp. 140-157). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [details]
    • Nijman, J., & Shin, M. (2014). The transnational city. In P. Knox (Ed.), Atlas of cities (pp. 176-193). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [details]
    • de Blij, H. J., Muller, P. O., & Nijman, J. (2014). Geography: realms, regions, and concepts. 16th ed. New York: Wiley. [details]

    2012

    2011

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Miami: Mistress of the Americas. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    2010

    2008

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2008). Against the odds: Slum rehabilitation in neoliberal Mumbai. Cities : The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 25, 75-87.

    2016

    • Nijman, J., Muller, P. O., & de Blij, H. J. (2016). The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography. (7 ed.) Wiley. [details]

    2015

    • Musterd, S., & Nijman, J. (2015). Economische vitaliteit en sociale duurzaamheid: bestuurlijke uitdagingen voor de stad. In Goed openbaar bestuur in stad & stedelijke regio: impressie symposium, essays en onderzoeksrapport (pp. 10-17). Den Haag: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties. [details]

    2013

    • de Blij, H. J., Muller, P. O., & Nijman, J. (2013). The world today: concepts and regions in geography. - 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. [details]

    2012

    • Nijman, J. (2012). Mumbai as a global city: a theoretical essay. In B. Derudder, M. Hoyler, P. J. Taylor, & F. Witlox (Eds.), International handbook of globalization and world cities (pp. 447-454). Cheltenham [etc.]: Edward Elgar. [details]
    • Nijman, J. (2012). Mumbai, India. In J. Liu, S. Pellissery, & J. Campbell (Eds.), Berkshire encyclopedia of sustainability. - Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: assessing sustainability (pp. 255-258). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group. [details]

    2011

    • de Blij, H. J., Muller, P. O., & Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts. 15th Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

    2015

    • Musterd, S., & Nijman, J. (2015). Economische vitaliteit en sociale duurzaamheid: bestuurlijke uitdagingen voor de stad. Den Haag: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken. [details]

    2013

    • Nijman, J. (2013). The American suburb as utopian constellation. In R. Keil (Ed.), Suburban constellations: governance, land and infrastructure in the 21st century (pp. 161-169). Berlin: Jovis Publishers. [details]

    2012

    • Nijman, J. (2012). Urban Perspectives of the World. (Oratiereeks). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]

    Award

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2016). Talentbeurs 2016-2020 (€220,000).
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2012). J.B. Jackson Book Prize, Association of American Geographers, 2012 (for Miami: Mistress of the Americas).
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize of the Association of American Geographers (2012) for: "Miami: Mistress of the Americas".

    Membership

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2012). Chair of the Global Exploration Fund (Europe), National Geographic Society.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2012). Director of the Centre for Urban Studies, Research Priority Area of the University of Amsterdam.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2012). Lead Researcher of North America Cluster, Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Global Suburbanisms, SSHRC, Canada.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Director of the Centre for Urban Studies, Research Priority Area of the University of Amsterdam.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Chair of the Global Exploration Fund (Europe), National Geographic Society.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (2011). Lead Researcher of North America Cluster, Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Global Suburbanisms, SSHRC, Canada.

    Talk / presentation

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (10-11-2016). Urbanization and development in the global south: The case of India, School for City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute for Technology, Atlanta.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (7-6-2016). Positioning urban China: A comparative essay, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (20-10-2011). Elusive subtropical urbanism, The Kampong, National Botanical Tropical Garden, Coconut Grove Florida.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (15-10-2011). World city theory: A view from Mumbai, L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (13-9-2011). Miami: Mistress of the Americas, Books and Books, Coral Gables Florida.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (10-8-2011). The urban revolution in China and India, University of Utah, Utah.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (15-2-2011). Miami, World City of the Americas, CEO Club, Coral Gables Florida.
    • Nijman, J. B. F. (invited speaker) (1-2-2011). Identity and Place in a Global City: Miami’s Neighborhoods, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University.

    Others

    • Nijman, J. B. F. (visiting researcher) (2015 - 2016). University of Pretoria (visiting an external institution).

    2019

    • Jeursen, T. J. (2019). Vigilant citizenship: Legal imaginaries and political subjectivity in Miami. [details]
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