Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice
Adequate Housing from a Human Rights and Gender Perspective

Meet the Urban Housing, Equity & Social Justice lecturers

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Alonso Ayala

Alonso Ayala is an architect and development planner with 15+ years of experience specialized on the fields of regional development planning, human settlement planning and urban and housing research.  He has conducted field research on informal urban processes in Venezuela, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

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Lecturer and senior expert
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Maartje van Eerd

Maartje van Eerd is a Human Geographer by profession with extensive experience as researcher, trainer and advisor on housing and social development issues. She has conducted extensive research on resettlement projects, forced evictions, acquisition, expropriation and compensation.Apart from her teaching experience, she is the author and editor of several project proposals.

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Lecturer and urban sociologist
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Bahar Sakizlioglu

Bahar is an urban sociologist passionate about everyday (re)making of the cities. Among her main research interests are gentrification, displacement, housing, feminist urban studies, social reproduction and the city and comparative urbanism.

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  • Together with its partners IHS works at the forefront of urban development. IHS advises local and national governments on urban issues, trains public works officials, contributes to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) discussion and much more. IHS works with global leaders in the field of urban development, including UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance and ICLEI. IHS also partners with leading Dutch universities in the Netherlands and around the world to deliver a comprehensive understanding of urban development. This comprehensive network allows us to arrange for inspiring guest lectures both from academic colleagues as well as professionals working in key organisations. Guest lecturers for this specialisation track include: