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Co-production of the City: Transdisciplinary Urban Justice

Cities have diverse and dynamic populations, activities and spatial configurations and this influences what urban justice is and what we can do to enhance it. In this video it is argued that for all cities a transdisciplinary approach is very important for unravelling the meaning of urban justice.


The example of Rotterdam shows how challenging it is to enhance urban justice and that the policy makers, residents and academics all perceive its meaning differently. It is timely to establish communities in various cities that gather people across stakeholder groups, with different views and backgrounds to start addressing the various contemporary crises by tackling a basic question: what is the meaning of urban justice in my city and what is our call to action?

Video Summary



Saskia Ruijsink, MSc

Scientific coordinator Cities Hub

Leiden Delft Erasmus Centre for Sustainability,  Department of Management in the Built Environment

TU Delft

Saskia Ruijsink is an urban professional focusing on urban inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. She is the scientific coordinator of the Cities Hub, a knowledge and innovation hub at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE CfS) and she is based at the faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. Saskia also worked for more than 14 years at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). 


She is passionate about bringing perspectives and stakes together. Her work and interest includes: urban justice, sustainability, innovation, co-creation, transdisciplinarity, participation and multi-stakeholder processes, placemaking, and urban and regional planning and development.


Additional Information


Growth of Rotterdam:



Sterke Schouders:

Kansrijke wijken:

Evaluation Rotterdamwet:

Urban and spatial justice

  • Fainstein, S. S. (2014). The just city. International journal of urban Sciences, 18(1), 1-18.

  • Soja, E. W. (2013). Seeking spatial justice (Vol. 16). U of Minnesota Press

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