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Aspen, Jonny


Jonny is Professor at Institute in urban theory of Urbanism and Landscape. His research interest intersect fields such as urban planning history, urban theory, and issues related to the contemporary city in terms of development and transformation, and social and cultural features. More specifically he is interested in researching 1) interrelations between physical surroundings and socio-cultural features, 2) issues related to ‘reading the city’, mapping and urban discourses, 3) issues of everyday urban living, and 4) issues of social diversity and mixed cultures. He has recently gained interest in new technologies, especially ICT-related technologies, and their affect on cities and urban living. He is currently involved in a research project on ‘Social media and the city’ (YOUrban) and involved in a book project on ‘The vitalist city’ and on “The Urban Matrix’.

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Bjerkeset, Sverre


Sverre Bjerkeset holds a cand.polit. degree in social anthropology from the University of Oslo and a master’s and a PhD degree in urbanism from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Currently, he is an urban researcher affiliated with the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape, AHO. His research interests revolve around the ethnography of public space and urban public life. His latest work is concerned with ‘contact-supporting circumstances’ (or the lack thereof) in urban public space: basic social, physical and other circumstances that encourage convivial chance interaction among diverse strangers.

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