Introduction

The city is a dynamic environment where different populations coexist. This social and cultural diversity offers oppourtunities, but also generates problems and uncertainty.

Therefore citizens and social institutions face many challenges. The research group studies social and cultural developments in urban environments, enabling the research group to stimulate a positive contribution on this matter.

About the research group

In today’s society, there is considerable need for more freedom of choice, i.e. the possibility to be in charge of one’s own life. At the same time, the desire for a sense of certainty and safety has become stronger. Everyone wants socio-economic security, a good living and housing environment and opportunities to get ahead in life. The Urban Social Development research group wants to help make this possible. The research group studies social and cultural developments in urban environments. And those environments are right around the corner. The research group has entered into a long-term partnership with the municipality and carries out its work in neighbourhoods in The Hague in the form of research projects, focus dialogues and interviews with residents and professionals. Students are closely involved in these activities since they will often encounter urban problems in their future careers.

dr. Katja Rusinovic

About the professor

dr. Katja Rusinovic

Since 1 June 2020, Katja Rusinovic has been a professor of Urban Development at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her work centres around the themes of social mobility, citizenship, (labour) migration, the urban labour market, education and new forms of housing for seniors. In addition, she is currently conducting research on the social impact of COVID-19 in The Hague. 

In 2006, Katja obtained her doctorate at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a study on migrant entrepreneurship in the four largest cities in the Netherlands, comparing first and second-generation immigrants. Her post-doctoral research focused on citizenship and transnational connections among the immigrant middle class in Rotterdam and The Hague. 

From 2012 to 2017, Katja worked at the University of Amsterdam in the Department of Sociology, as a lecturer, researcher and education director of the Sociology Master's programme. She has been working at The Hague University of Applied Sciences since 2017.

In addition to her work as professor, Katja is active in various boards.

+31 (0)6 - 86 86 52 04
k.m.rusinovic@hhs.nl

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As a big city, The Hague is the perfect research lab for social problems and social renewal.

Team

Anita Ham

Anita Ham

dr. Katja Rusinovic

dr. Katja Rusinovic

dr. Katja Rusinovic

 

+31 (0)6 - 86 86 52 04
k.m.rusinovic@hhs.nl

Sam Schrevel

Sam Schrevel

Sam Schrevel
Irshad Abdoellakhan

Irshad Abdoellakhan

Irshad Abdoellakhan
Stephan van Berkel

Stephan van Berkel

Stephan van Berkel
Marianne van Bochove

Marianne van Bochove

Marianne van Bochove
Juul Gooren

Juul Gooren

Onderzoeker

Juul Gooren
Onderzoeker
Gerben Helleman

Gerben Helleman

Gerben Helleman
Rosa Jehee

Rosa Jehee

Karijn Nijhoff

Karijn Nijhoff

Karijn Nijhoff
Stefanie Schuddebeurs

Stefanie Schuddebeurs

Stefanie Schuddebeurs
Hasse van der Veen

Hasse van der Veen

Hila Mohamad

Hila Mohamad

Sam Peper

Sam Peper

Denise Jonker

Denise Jonker

Mees Wassenaar

Mees Wassenaar

Mark Prins

Mark Prins

Projects

Play-friendly cities

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News

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14 June 2022

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