Jessica Verheij

PhD student

Postal Address
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Politische Stadtforschung und nachhaltige Raumentwicklung
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

My research focuses on densification and urban greening as two conflicting sustainability goals, as these constitute rival uses of increasingly scarce urban land. By examining the inevitable trade-offs taking place when combining these policy goals, I aim to analyze under which conditions urban greening and densification objectives can effectively go together to produce qualitative urban development. My research recognizes power dynamics based on property titles as a driver for the (re)production of socio-environmental inequalities.

Since 07/2020 PhD student, University of Bern
2019-2020 Research fellow on urban regeneration and public participatory processes - Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (Portugal) 
2019 Visiting MSc student at Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
2017-2019  MSc in Sustainable Urban Planning & Design - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)
2013-2014 MSc in Human Geography - University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
2009-2012 BA in International Relations - Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Land policy & land-use planning 

  • Governance of densification processes 
  • Planning law and instruments 
  • Land policy and property rights 
  • Institutional inequalities in planning 

Urban sustainability 

  • The politics of urban greening 
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental justice 
  • Urban commons and decommodification

Verheij, J., & Corrêa Nunes, M. (2020). Justice and power relations in urban greening: can Lisbon’s urban greening strategies lead to more environmental justice? Local Environment0(0), 1–18.