Jessica Verheij

PhD Studentin

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

My research focuses on how processes of densification shape the development of outdoor spaces in cities. By understanding outdoor spaces as a resource providing a set of goods and services to urban residents, it is subject to increased rivalry due to densification. My research explores this hypothesis, by analyzing development projects in which different types of outdoor spaces are provided to residents. Applying a neo-institutionalist approach, and recognizing power dynamics based on property titles,  I ask how processes of densification can function 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. (2021) Justice and power relations in urban greening: can Lisbon’s urban greening strategies lead to more environmental justice?, Local Environment, 26:3, 329-346, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2020.1801616

Falanga R, Verheij J, Bina O. (2021) Green(er) Cities and Their Citizens: Insights from the Participatory Budget of Lisbon. Sustainability. 13(15):8243.