Jan Nijman is the founding director of the Urban Studies Institute and Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences.
A native of the Netherlands and before joining GSU, he spearheaded urban research and teaching programs at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Miami. He presently holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Nijman is the author of five books and more than 100 other publications in a wide range of international journals such as IJURR, Annals of the AAG, Cities, Regional Studies, and Urban Geography. His primary research interests are in urban theory, urban and regional development, and global comparative urban studies, with regional expertise and extensive field work experience in North America, West Europe and South Asia.
His work has been funded by various agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society, Guggenheim Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Dutch National Science Foundation.
Current research projects focus on suburbanization and metropolitan transformations in the United States and Canada; 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 professional honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in the United States, the University Teaching Award at the University of Miami, and the J.B. Jackson book award from the Association of American Geographers. He has long been affiliated with the National Geographic Society, as a member of the Committee for Research & Exploration (2002-2011), as chair of NG’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe (2011-2016), and as an expert lecturer on NG Expeditions (since 2005).
J. Nijman (ed.) (2020).The Life of North American Suburbs: Imagined Utopias and Transitional Spaces.University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman (ed.) (2020).Amsterdam’s Canal District: Origins, Evolution, and Future Prospects. University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman, M. Shin and P.O. Muller (2020).Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts.18thEdition. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
J. Nijman, M. Shin and P.O. Muller (2020).The World Today:Concepts and Regions in Geography. 8thEdition. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
GUEST-EDITED SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE
J. Nijman and D. Wei (eds.) (2020), “Urban Inequality: Global Perspectives.” Special guest-edited issue of Applied Geography vol. 115-117
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
J. Nijman and D. Wei (2020). “Urban inequalities in the 21st century economy.” Applied Geography vol.117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102188
J. Nijman (2020). “Introduction: Amsterdam’s Canal District in Global Perspective.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), Amsterdam’s Canal District: Origins, Evolution, and Future Prospects. University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman (2020). “Introduction: The life of North American suburbs.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman (2020). “Epilogue: Suburbs as transitional spaces.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman and T. Clery (2020). “Rethinking suburbia: A case study of metropolitan Miami.” In: J. Nijman (ed.), The Life of North American Suburbs. University of Toronto Press.
J. Nijman (2019). “Urbanization and Economic Development: Comparing the Trajectories of China and United States.” In: R. Forrest, J. Ren, and B. Wissink (eds.), The City in China: Perspectives on Contemporary Urbanism. Polity Press, pp. 101-124.
Rothenberg, C. Stauber, D. Dai and J. Nijman (2019). “Urban health indicators: the role of data disparities.” In: J. Nriagu (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, 2nd edition. 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11240-0.
R.J. van Duijne and J. Nijman (2019). “India’s emergent urban formations.” Annals of the AAG 109/7: 1978-1998. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1587285