Dr R.G. van Melik (Rianne)
Associate professor - Geography
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
6500 HK NIJMEGEN
Human geographer with a PhD and interest in urban studies, spatial planning, and public space issues.
- Van Melik, R. & M.S. Merry (2021) Retooling the public library as social infrastructure: A Dutch illustration. Social and Cultural Geography. 10.1080/14649365.2021.1965195 Full text
- Van Melik, R., P. Filion & B. Doucet (2021) (Eds.) Global Reflections on COVID-19 and Urban Inequalities: Public Space and Mobility (Vol. 3). Bristol: Bristol University Press. Full text
- Van Melik, R. & D. Van de Schraaf (2020) Mobile devices and their effect on the sociality on Dutch Intercity trains. Mobilities, 5(3), 380-396. Full text
- Van Melik, R. & R. Pijpers (2017) Older people's self-selected spaces of encounter in urban aging environments in the Netherlands. City & Community, 16(3), 284-303.
- Van Melik, R. (2008) Changing public space. The recent redevelopment of Dutch city squares. Utrecht: KNAG/Faculty of Geosciences Utrecht University.
Research grants and prizes
- ILIT-grant within framework of "Urban Transformation Capacities" (2022-2025)
- 2021 - Teacher of the Year 2021 Radboud University
- 2020 - Teacher of the Year award 2020 Nijmegen School of Management
- 2019 - HERA-grant within framework of "Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe" (2019-2022)
- 2022 - 2025 Infrastructuring Libraries in Transformation ILIT) Funded by ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC). Public libraries are long-acknowledged places for information provision and knowledge transmission, but they increasingly also function as important socio-cultural infrastructures contributing to the everyday life in cities. However, austerity pressures heavily threaten libraries’ function as spaces of encounter. ILIT examines how public libraries in Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands as socio-cultural infrastructures address systemic challenges in rapidly transforming societies. It deploys the analytics of ‘infrastructuring’ and ‘librarising’ to unpack libraries’ transformative capacities to develop best-practice, community-oriented solutions for resilience in austerity urbanism.
- 2019 - 2022 Moving MarketPlaces (MMP): Following the Everyday Production of Inclusive Public Spaces Funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). This 3-year project aims to gain in-depth insights into the place-making capacities and mobility practices of merchants across four European countries (United Kingdom/the Netherlands/Switzerland/Spain), in order to create a better understanding of the (dis)continuous mechanisms behind the production of marketplaces as inclusive public spaces. It will be executed by a consortium of academic partners (Open University, Radboud University, Université de Neuchâtel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona) as well as associate partners including Project for Public Space (PPS) and local trade unions. More information
- 2013 - 2017 Gentrification 2.0 Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe. This 4-year research project studied processes of gentrification in Vienna, Arnhem, Istanbul and Zurich for the purpose of putting this contested notion in a new and more constructive perspective. Drawing on assemblage theory, the project uses interdisciplinary methods to understand how different social, economic and spatial processes coalesce in shaping neighbourhoods in these four cities. More information
- Master's Thesis in Conflicts, Territories and Identities
- Master's Thesis in Cultural Geography and Tourism
- Master's Thesis in Economic Geography
- Master's Thesis in Europe: Borders, Identities and Governance
- Master's Thesis in Globalisation, Migration and Developement
- Master's Thesis in Urban and Cultural Geography
- Perspectives on the City
- Preparing the Master's Thesis
- Project 2: Fieldwork Abroad
- Urban and Cultural Geography