The Urban Governance podcast

The Urban Governance podcast aims to open the conversation about urban governance to the general public in a friendly and fun way. The podcast presents informal dialogues with experts about how their work connects to daily and ordinary events. If you are part of the 4,5 billion people living in urban areas, you can relate to the stories in this show. 

The Urban Governance podcast is produced and scripted by Igor Pessoa. It has the support of the University of Twente where it is recorded and published monthly. 

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Igor Pessoa
Assistant Professor in Local Governance, University of Twente

In this podcast episode, we explore the intersections between academia and professional real estate practice. We delve into how graduate students can prepare for industry jobs and discuss a potential path from academia to industry while maintaining involvement in both realms.

During the conservation, Mariam Hussain talks with Herman Kok, a real estate market and location analyst with interest in urban mixed-use, logistics, retail, offices, residential. Herman Kok holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Utrecht (NL), and currently works as Head of Research at MARK, a multi-platform investment manager focused on the opportunities created by urbanisation and new technologies, located in London. 

The podcast was recorded on April 21, 2021.

Herman Kok
Head of Research, MARK Investment Management
Mariam Hussain
PhD Researcher, University of Amsterdam

Navigating academia and industry during and after a PhD

In this podcast episode, we delve into the world of academia and industry while and after pursuing a PhD connected to planning and property development. The episode explores three key themes: overcoming obstacles and challenges throughout and after your PhD, the importance of networking and skills, and the perceptions of academics and practitioners of each other.

During the conservation, Andre Legarza talks with Bahar Sakizlioglu and Aleksandra Djurasovic. Bahar Sakizlioglu completed her PhD on displacement experiences in Amsterdam and Istanbul at Utrecht University (NL), a postdoc at the University of Leicester(UK), and is now Assistant Professor at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University (NL). Aleksandra Djurasovic completed her PhD on changes in planning systems with a focus on the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the Hafencity University Hamburg (DE). She also completed a postdoc at the University of Rijeka (HR) and now works as a Senior Housing Specialist at CA Department of Housing and Community Development in Sacramento, California (US).

The podcast was recorded on June 15, 2021. 

Bahar Sakizlioglu
Assistant Professor of Urban Sociology, Erasmus University
Aleksandra Djurasovic
Senior Housing Specialist at CA Department of Housing and Community Development
Andre Legarza
PhD Researcher, University of Amsterdam