Professor of Economic Geography/Planning at the University of Amsterdam. The Netherlands
Robert was the Scientific Director of Amsterdam Institute of Metropolitan and International Development Studies (AMIDSt) from 2003 to 2008. He is currently a NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study) Fellow in Wassenaar.
His research activities centre on new economic activities in urban contexts (notably cultural industries and immigrant businesses) and on linkages within polycentric urban configurations in advanced economies. Most of this research is undertaken from an explicitly international comparative perspective. A connecting theme concerns the way different (national or local) institutional environments filter, shape, reinforce or block more general, global trends.
He leads a long-term project on cultural industries and urban economies where the focus will be on spatial patterns of cultural industries and their interrelationship with the position and role of cities in the global urban system.
Robert Kloosterman has received research grants from the Dutch Scientific Council NWO, the European Union, the European Science Foundation, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Housing, Environment and Physical Planning, the municipalities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and other organisations.
He is on the Editorial Board of Built Environment. He has been a guest editor of special issues of Regional Studies, Built Environment, Urban Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He has co-edited (with Ron A. Boschma) Learning from clusters; A critical assessment published by Springer Verlag in 2005 and (with Jan Rath) Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Venturing Abroad in the Age of Globalization Venturing Abroadi, published by Berg (2003).
He has advised the municipalities of Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam on issues of local economic development (more in particular on migrant entrepreneurship, creative cities and new firm formation). He has also advised the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and the Dutch labour party on labour market policies. He was an independent member of the Dutch Social and Economic Council committee on immigrant entrepreneurship. He was seconded to the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (a governmental think tank) in 1999 to advice on migration and urban issues.
Presentation: 'Urban Regeneration through Cultural Infrastructure and Urban Diversity '
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