• UCI Faculty

    We are available as speakers for events where Dutch cycling knowledge is required.

    For this we charge our standard 75 Euro hour rate

    (see recent presentations at the bottom)

    Photographer: Teska van Overbeeke

    Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet

    Academic Director | Researcher

    is Professor in Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam. He holds master degrees in Infrastructure Planning and Geographical Information Management, His teaching in Planning Bachelor and Master's programs centers around the (problematic) integration of land use and mobility and ways to improve this. His research is strongly intertwined with planning practice. He has done several studies on how to improve the use of knowledge in urban strategy making processes.

    Prof. Dr. Ir. Luca Bertolini


    His research and teaching focus on the integration of transport and land use planning, on methods for supporting the option-generation phase of the planning process, on concepts for coping with uncertainty in planning, and on ways of enhancing theory-practice interaction. Main publication topics include planning for sustainable accessibility in urban regions, conceptualizing urbanism in the network society, and the application of evolutionary theories to planning.

    Dr. Anna Nikolaeva


    is a postdoctoral researcher in the project “Smart Cycling Futures” at the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University. Her research revolves around the mobility-place nexus with a particular focus on spaces of transit, urban public space, sociology of architecture, mobile sociality and intra-EU mobility. In 2014 she defended the PhD thesis on Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a multifunctional public space. Before she worked in the global comparative project on futures of mobility “Living in the Mobility Transition” at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Meredith Glaser

    PhD candidate | Teacher

    specializes in understanding urban processes and design perspectives that prioritize the end-user and their communities. As a PhD researcher at the Urban Cycling Institute, she is interested in using the bicycle and its diverse user group as a lens to examine the dynamic social, emotional and experiential systems involved in contemporary urban planning, policy, and transport practices. She is also interested in how these systems (can) be learned by new bicycle user groups, transferred or tested in new/different mobility environments, or influence policy or the built form through experimentation or living labs. Meredith is also founding director of the Summer School Planning the Cycling City of the Institute.

    Samuel Nel·lo Deakin

    PhD candidate

    studies how different spatial and social environments shape cycling practices within the Dutch context and vice versa. With a background in Geography and Urban Transport, he combines urban design, planning and sociological perspectives into a multidisciplinary approach. His previous research includes a study of bikesharing in Quito (Ecuador) for his Bachelor dissertation at the University of Cambridge.

    George Liu

    PhD candidate

    studies how ideas from urban design can guide the creation of healthy and attractive environments that encourage cycling as a practical and delightful mode of daily transport. His previous research at the University of Toronto includes a study of cycling patterns in the suburban communities of Toronto, Canada. His Masters project evaluated the effectiveness of bicycle mentorship programs in sustaining long-term transport behaviour change. George Liu is cross-appointed at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology.

    Dr. Willem Boterman

    Affiliated Researcher

    is Assistant Professor of Human Geography and Urban Planning at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He holds master degrees in political science and human geography. He obtained his PhD in 2012 (cum laude). His research has mainly focused on the interaction of demographic and class change, families, residential choice, housing and gentrification. His most recent work concentrates on issues of class and gender and social reproduction via school and residential practices. Also, he is engaged in studies on middle class disaffiliation, segregation and social and spatial polarisation.

    Photo by Auke Hamers

    Dr. Gerben Moerman

    Senior Lecturer

    is research methodologist, who loves the sociological aspects of cycling. He is senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His expertise lies in the field of qualitative research and mixed methods. Specifically, he researches qualitative interviewing (PhD in 2010) and different forms of qualitative analysis and interpretation.

    He is specifically interested in the sociology and ethnomethodology of cycling. Or, to phrase it as a question: How do people interact on bikes? He was awarded UvA Lecturer of the year 2011, Probably because he used cycling as examples in his lectures on methods.

    Dr. Olga Sezneva

    Affiliated Researcher

    Olga Sezneva is an urban sociologist, curator and a member of the Board of experts for European Prize for Urban Space. She approaches bicycle as a part of an urban assemblage of roads, technologies, money, users, experts and administrative regulations, and traces the emergent cultures, socialities and identities. Olga writes about micro-level social interactions that sustain urban cycling and get affected by it. She is also interested in public bike-share systems and sources of their global popularity.

    Pascal Boontje

    Research apprentice

    is a student in the Urban Studies Research Master at the University of Amsterdam. He graduated from Utrecht University with an Honours Degree in Human Geography and Planning, where he focussed on urban renewal, transportation and mobility solutions. He has experience as a Junior Project Lead for transportation and traffic in the department of Development and Maintenance at a Dutch municipality. In the academic field he studies integrated transportation networks through urban design, planning and social perspectives. Here, sustainable development and cycling oriented development play a central role.

    Dr. Lucas Harms

    Affiliated Researcher

    focuses in his research on trends in bicycle use in the Netherlands and effectiveness of cycling policies. He has a background in urban geography and more than 15 years of research in various roles, focusing on urban planning and sustainable urban transportation. He previously worked at the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and is currently Director of the Dutch Cycling Embassy: a public-private network offering Dutch cycling knowledge and expertise, with the aim of translating success stories from The Netherlands to countries and cities around the world.

    Dr. Ir. Roland Kager

    Affiliated Consultant

    works on the interactions between the bicycle and the transit system. He researches why and how combined use of both modes leads to distinctive transport phenomena. Applications exist on how such combined availability leads to cross-overs for both modes and on land-use, in particular how both modes seem to have strong but selective relationships with urbanisation and agglomeration economies. He now works for Studio Bereikbaar.

    Helena Götsch

    MSc candidate, research assistant

    is visiting student and research assistant at the Urban Cycling Institute and MSc candidate at the Department of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology, where she also received her Bachelors degree. In her studies she focused on EU policy making in planning and the transition and use of public spaces under changing modes of transportation. She has working experience in European territorial development and policy making at ESPON. In her master thesis she researches policy learning through study tours on sustainable urban mobility. Helena is especially interested in organizational learning processes of public institutions and how this influences urban policies.

    Casey Ellingson

    Research Master candidate, research intern

    is a student within the Urban Studies Research Masters program at the University of Amsterdam. His professional background is in government affairs, public policy, and non-profits. The explosive rise of bikeshare companies in the US was the catalyst for Casey’s pivot toward active transportation planning. He is specifically interested in the merging and coordination of public and private interests in this realm. Casey has a B.S. from the University of Oregon in Environmental Studies with a minor in Planning, Public Policy & Management.

    Oliver Blake

    Research Assistant

    first studied cycling for his MA in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. His research focused on the ways that learning to cycle can act as a form of cultural integration for migrant women within the Netherlands. This research led Oliver to into the private sector where he continued to use ethnographic methods, exploring what this form of data collection can offer Dutch planners and designers working overseas. As a research assistant at the UCI, he will be supporting Meredith Glaser’s work on policy tourism and learning.

  • Recent Presentations


    Cycling as everyday mobility

    Lessons for China  [Luca Bertolini]

  • Smart mobility of gewoon op de fiets?

    KNAG lezing 2015 [Marco te Brömmelstroet: Dutch]

  • Four myths about Dutch Cycling

    Keynote at Cycling Scotland conference [Marco te Brömmelstroet]

  • Trein-fiets systeem

    RUIMTEVOLK: Expeditie Mobiliteit [Roland Kager: Dutch]

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