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Floris Vermeulen 1

Floris Vermeulen

NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group Fellow

Project title

The Spatial Segregation of Neighborhood Organizations and Entrepreneurs: Connecting Urban Inequality to the Built Environment

Project description

Local organizations and entrepreneurs play a crucial role in urban neighborhoods, connecting and empowering residents by providing resources and access to various aspects of urban life. Integrating the built environment into our understanding of organizations/entrepreneurs in the geo-social landscape is an underexplored area, despite its potential to directly influence social connectivity.

Through an integrated interdisciplinary approach, the NIAS-Lorenz theme group aims to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying the relationship between the built environment, social processes, and neighborhood organizations/entrepreneurs. Amsterdam provides the ideal setting for this research, considering its demographic context and data availability.

As the coordinator of the group, Floris Vermeulen will further develop a conceptual framework for understanding community-based organizational action in deprived urban areas. He focuses on multiple aspects, such as minority perspectives, competitive ecological organizational processes, spatial dimensions, and the impact of the built environment on community-based organizational vitality.

Selected publications

Wang, M., & Vermeulen, F. (2021). Life between buildings from a street view image: What do big data analytics reveal about neighbourhood organisational vitality?. Urban Studies, 58(15), 3118-3139.


Vermeulen, F., D. Minkoff & T.W.G. van der Meer (2016). The Local Embedding of Community-Based Organizations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45(1), 23-44.

Vermeulen, F. (2013). Mutualism, Resource Competition, and Opposing Movements among Turkish Organizations in Amsterdam and Berlin. 1965-2000, British Journal of Sociology, 64(3), 453-477.