Remco Vermeulen

Remco Vermeulen

Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies, PhD Candidate

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Remco Vermeulen (MA in Heritage Studies, University of Amsterdam, 2012) is a Specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies at IHS. His teaching focuses on gentrification, urban heritage management and postcolonial cities, particularly in Indonesia, as well as the (post)colonial relationship between Indonesia and the Netherlands. He is the coordinator of the annual Urban Heritage Strategies course. The UHS courses have been developed in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. They are part of the Shared Cultural Heritage programme within the framework of the International Cultural Policy of the Netherlands’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, Culture and Science. Remco is expanding the institute’s UHS portfolio and integrating heritage, more specifically urban heritage management, into the existing curriculum and within the current specialisation programmes of IHS. He developed a seminar format focused on gentrification and heritage conservation, which includes rapid urban appraisals in neighbourhoods in Rotterdam South, wrote a chapter on understanding gentrification in a book on urban network learning, and has contributed to the BlendeEd collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft.

Remco is an external PhD candidate at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. His research focuses on colonial heritage engagement, particularly by young people, in postcolonial Indonesian cities.

Remco is also working as an advisor for cultural cooperation with Indonesia at DutchCulture, an organisation that stimulates international cultural cooperation as part of the Netherlands’ International cultural policy. He works closely together with cultural professionals in the Netherlands and Indonesia, as well as with Ministries, Embassies and cultural funds. He has been involved in the organisation of events such as the biennial ‘Indonesia Now’, a seminar on the joint future of Indonesia and the Netherlands (in preparation for the 2020 state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to Indonesia) and mini-festival ‘Tong Tong meets Erasmus Huis Jakarta’ in 2021. He recently published an article series, ‘The story of the Erasmus Huis’, the cultural centre of the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, with two Indonesian historians. The articles, along with short videos based on the articles’ content, have also been published in Indonesian on

Vermeulen, R. (2020). Understanding gentrification : learning through field visits to Amsterdam, Yogyakarta, and Rotterdam. In L. van den Dool (Ed.),Strategies for urban network learning : international practices and theoretical reflections (Palgrave studies in sub-national governance) (pp. 99-122). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan,

Corten J-P., Geurts, E., Meurs, P. and Vermeulen R. (Eds.) (2014). Heritage as an asset for inner city development: an urban managers' guidebook. Rotterdam: nai010 publishers.

Vermeulen, R. (2012). The future of the historic city : a study of partnerships in urban heritage rehabilitation in Amsterdam and Vancouver [Unpublished master’s thesis]. University of Amsterdam.

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