Josje Bouwmeester

PhD student

Postal Address
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Poltische Stadtforschung und nachhaltige Raumentwicklung
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern
Since 04/2020 University of Bern, PhD student

Studying the conditions under which spatial planning can more effectively lead to increased densification, while also retaining urban quality for all, including vulnerable socio-economic groups.

2017-2019 Wageningen University (NL), MSc Urban Environmental Management

Major in Land Use Planning

2015 University of Exeter (UK)

Semester abroad 

2013-2016 Utrecht University (NL), BA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Human Geography, Economics and Political Sciences

  • “Rules of the game” in institutions
  • Planning and property rights
  • Land policies and planning instruments
  • Governance of densification
  • Informal real estate markets

Bouwmeester, J., Gerber, J.-D., Hartmann, T., & Ay, D. (2023). Non-compliance and non-enforcement: An unexpected outcome of flexible soft densification policy in the Netherlands. Land Use Policy126, 106525.

Bouwmeester, Josje (2022). Online Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR), Online Sessions 1-25 February 2021: Conference Report. Town planning review, 93(3), pp. 329-332. Liverpool University Press 10.3828/tpr.2022.6 

Bouwmeester, J. and Hartmann, T. (2021) ‘Unraveling the self-made city: The spatial impact of informal real estate markets in informal settlements’, Cities. Elsevier Ltd, 108.