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Jan Nijmann

Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Urban Studies Institute at GSU

Jan Nijman is Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences, and founding Director of the Urban Studies Institute at GSU.

The author of five books and more than a hundred other publications, his main interests are in urban and regional development and global comparative urban studies. Current research projects focus on suburbanization and metropolitan transformations in North America; the historical origins and future prospects of Amsterdam’s 400-year old designed Canal District; and the relationship between urbanization and development in India.

Nijman’s research has been funded by various grants from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Guggenheim Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Dutch National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in the United States (1991) and the J.B. Jackson book award from the Association of American Geographers (2011). He is a former Guggenheim Fellow (2003).

Nijman holds a position as Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and he is Chair of the National Geographic Society’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe.


J. Nijman (2016). “Naissance d’une ville mondiale.” [The birth of a global city] Problèmes d’Amérique Latine 96: 19-37.

J. Nijman (2015). “The theoretical imperative of comparative urbanism.” Regional Studies 49/1: 183-186.

J. Nijman (2015). “India’s urban future: Views from the slum.” American Behavioral Scientist 59/3: 406-423.

J. Nijman & T. Clery (2015). “Rethinking suburbia: A case study of metropolitan Miami.” Environment & Planning A vol. 47: 69-88.

S. Musterd & J. Nijman (2015). “Economische vitaliteit en sociale duurzaamheid: Bestuurlijke uitdagingen van de stad.” [Economic vitality and social sustainability: Urban management challenges]. Invited essay for the Ministry of the Interior of the Dutch Government, The Hague.

J. Nijman & T. Clery (2015). “The United States: Suburban imaginaries and metropolitan realities.” In: P. Hamel & R. Keil (eds.), Suburban Governance: A Global View. University of Toronto Press, pp. 57-79.

J. Nijman & M. Shin (2014). “Megacities” In: Paul Knox (ed.) Atlas of Cities. Mapping the Origins, Development, and Impacts of Urbanization. Princeton University Press.

J. Nijman (2013). “The American suburb as utopian constellation.” In: Roger Keil (ed.), Suburban Constellations. Jovis Publishers, Berlin, pp. 159-167.

J. Nijman (2012). “India’s urban challenge.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 53/1: 7-20.

J. Nijman (2012). “India in the urban revolution.” The Indian Anthropologist 42/2: 1-17.

J. Nijman (2011). Miami: Mistress of the Americas. University of Pennsylvania Press.

J. Nijman (2010). “A study of space in Mumbai’s slums.” Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 101: 4-17.