TU Delft Centre for the Just City

Social justice is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of our times, as rampant inequality erodes the fabric of our societies everywhere, undermining trust in governments and institutions, leading to violence and extremism and eating at the very core of democracy.

Growing inequality, socio-spatial fragmentation, and lack of access to public goods are threats to the sustainability of our cities, especially when sustainability is understood in its three fundamental dimensions (social, economic, and environmental. Social sustainability is underexplored in sustainability studies and the absence of this dimensions in most sustainability study programs means there is an enormous gap to be filled in sustainable urban development.

Women performing “A Rapist in Your Path” in Alameda Central, Mexico city, 2019
Photo by Wotancito. CC BY-SA 4.0, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Latest posts

  • Diwen Tan

    Diwen Tan

    Inclusive Urbanism: neglected social-ecological values in urban villages as lived spaces in Shenzhen Inclusive urban development emphasises shared prosperity by engaging people of difference. But it is often simplified and narrowed to resource and service accessibility of marginalised groups in urban planning and design, which impedes the broader concept of recognition and respect of difference,…

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  • Fouad Alasiri

    Fouad Alasiri

    Municipal councils in Saudi Arabia nowadays don’t have local authority, and municipalities run cities in a centralized system, yet that was not the case before the 1970s. This shift started in that decade for many reasons, most notably, the shift in socio-economic status. Central government started to rely heavily on oil financial resources rather than…

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  • Yizhao Du

    Yizhao Du

    Building Up a Cooperative Framework Engaging Secondary Cities Towards Sustainable Regions in China Promoter: Assoc. Prof. Roberto Rocco (Spatial Planning and Strategy) Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Rodrigo Viseu Cardoso (Spatial Planning and Strategy) The specific socio-economic system of China provides three key characteristics to its regionalisation process: 1) aiming for balanced regional development, 2) taking regional cooperation as…

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PhD projects

Skatepark welcomes youth of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’ve never been on a board before, or you can already do tricks, there’s a place for you and something to learn.

Master’s thesis

Skateboarding is a social sport! Come hang out and meet some new friends to cheer you on while you skate. We have a strict no-bullying policy and maintain a supportive environment.

British Feminist Geographer Doreen Massey

For Doreen Massey, the city is the space of simultaneous existence, and therefore it is the space where we must decide how we are going to live together. 

Our members

Caroline Newton, Roberto Rocco, Marcin Dabrowski