Karien Dekker is Associate Professor in International Urban Planning. She also is Coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research for the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS).
Karien’s research focuses on the role of communities in policymaking in neighbourhoods and schools, to improve social inclusion and cohesion in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. In this research, she uses social network analyses, qualitative methods, and also advanced statistical modelling such as multilevel regression analysis.
Participation in research groups and projects
Karien has been involved as a researcher in the project 'With or Without the Voluntary Sector? A comparative study into the mobilising and intermediary role of the local social infrastructure in co production processes' (2006–2008). She cooperated with Dr. Herman Lelieveldt, Dr. René Torenvlied and Dr. Beate Völker in this project. It was funded by the Netherlands Foundation of Research (NWO) and the Netherlands Institute for City Innovation Studies (NICIS).
Karien has been involved in the European 5th-Framework project UGIS (Urban Governance, Social Inclusion and Sustainability) as a researcher (2001–2003), and later in the RESTATE project (Restructuring Large Housing Estates in Europe) as the programme manager (2002–2005).
Karien is registered for research supervision in the following areas:
Quantitative studies using multilevel regression analysis
Social network analysis
International comparative research
She has supervised 4 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to completion, and has been involved in the supervision of many other students.
Karien was awarded a grant from the Dutch Science Foundation for her work, the prestigious Veni grant (2009–2011): 'Neighbourhood Deprivation, Exit, and Voice: Searching for Mechanisms of Decline'.
She was awarded a grant (2010–2011) by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences for a project that aimed to reduce the number of drop-outs in the first year of the Bachelor Sociology.
PhD Urban Geography, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2006
Doctoraal (equivalent to Masters) Geography of Developing Countries, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1996
Previously headmaster at a primary school.
Previously project manager for the City of Utrecht (local government) and Wonen & Milieu (consultancy).
Worked at Utrecht University as an assistant professor and lecturer.
European Network of Housing Researchers
International Sociological Association, RC21: Sociology of Urban and Regional Development
International Network for Social Network Analysis
Urban Affairs Association
Editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Development
- Mikola, M.,Colic-Peisker, V.,Dekker, K. (2016). A community of mourners: collective sentiment, national belonging and the Muslim 'other' after the 'Sydney siege' In: Australian Geographer, 47, 325 - 339
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Mikola, M.,Dekker, K. (2016). A multicultural nation and its (Muslim) ther? Political leadership and media reporting in the wake of the 'Sydney Siege' In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37, 373 - 389
- Havekes, E.,Coenders, M.,Dekker, K.,Van Der Lippe, T. (2014). The impact of ethnic concentration on prejudice: The role of cultural and socioeconomic differences among ethnic neighbourhood residents In: Journal of Urban Affairs, 36, 815 - 832
- Havekes, E.,Coenders, M.,Dekker, K. (2014). Interethnic attitudes in urban neighbourhoods: The impact of neighbourhood disorder and decline In: Urban Studies, 51, 2665 - 2684
- Ursic, M.,Dekker, K.,Hrast, M. (2014). Spatial organization and youth participation: case of the University of Ljubljana and Tokyo Metropolitan University In: Annales. Series Historia et Sociologia, 24, 433 - 450
- Varady, D.,Kleinhans, R.,Dekker, K. (2014). Does public housing restructuring improve neighbourhoods and their residents but hurt nearby areas? A Dutch/US comparison. In: Renovations urbaines en Europe, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, France
- Dekker, K. (2013). Testing the racial proxy hypothesis: What is it that residents don't like about their neighbourhood? In: Understanding Neighbourhood Dynamics: New Insights for Neighbourhood Effects Research, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands
- Bakker, L.,Dekker, K. (2012). Social trust in urban neighbourhoods: The effect of relative ethnic group position In: Urban Studies, 59, 2031 - 2047
- Dekker, K.,Varady, D. (2011). A comparison of Dutch and US public housing regeneration planning: The similarity grows? In: Urban Research and Practice, 4, 123 - 152
- Dekker, K.,De Vos, S.,Musterd, S.,Van Kempen, R. (2011). Residential satisfaction in European housing estates: A multi-level research approach In: Housing Studies, 26, 479 - 499
- Religious visibility, disadvantage and bridging social capital: a comparative investigation of diverse localities in Melbourne's north. Funded by: Department of Premier and Cabinet: Social Cohesion Research Grant Round 1 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Decision Making for Lifetime Affordable and Tenable City Housing. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2013 from (2014 to 2016)
3 PhD Current Supervisions