Master degree Political Science (international relations), University of Amsterdam
Master degree Human Geography (urban geography), University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude)
PhD Human Geography (urban geography), University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude)
Education is the most crucial factor in facilitating social mobility but may also play a major role in the reproduction of social inequalities. A wide body of sociological literature addresses the question of how parents strategically use different resources to gain access to desired education. Geographic studies stress the central role of neighbourhood for access to education.
This project adopts a relational approach to explaining educational inequalities by integrating geographical perspectives with the sociological literature on school choice strategies. It primarily focuses on how parents strategically use various forms of capital (economic, cultural and social) in both the educational and the residential field to secure access to good primary schools. Building on my concept of socio-spatial strategies for school choice and comparing working class and middle class, native and non-native parents, I will investigate how inequalities are reproduced through unequal access to education.
The main question of this research project is: How can educational inequalities be explained through the socio-spatial strategies of school choice of different groups of parents?
Urban and school segregation in cities result in diversification of the actual educational environments, where children study and spend their time in urban schools. Especially in (lower-)secondary education the levels of school segregation have increased in the capital areas of Finland, Iceland and the Netherlands. How about in (pre-)primary schools? Mixed classes And Pedagogical Solutions (MAPS) intends to offer a comparative view on policies and practices of inclusion in (pre-)primary education.
School choice and residential choice
Middle class disaffiliation and new forms of segregation
Mobility and embodiment
New relations between city and suburb
Residential trajectories of the middle classes
* Residential preferences of higher educated workers (2012-2014)
* Young people on the Amsterdam housing market (2013)
Urban middle-class families.
The study investigates how practices of young middle-class urbanites change when they become parents. It establishes a link between the neighbourhood as place of residence andtheway in which lives are socially and spatially organised. The project combines time-space budget approaches with Bourdieu's theories on practice and taste. It will research the scale of urban middle-class family life, the meaning of place in family life, and the way in which class position structures different residential practices within the middle classes.
Van Gent, W.P.C. & Boterman, W. R. (2018) Gentrification of the changing state, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, in press.
Boterman, W. R. (2018) School Segregation in the Free School Choice Context of Dutch Cities, in Bellei, C & Bonal X. (eds) Understanding School Segregation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
Boterman, W. R. (2018). A Flavour of Class‐Based Spatial Change: Geographies of Haute Cuisine in the Netherlands. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 109(1), 161-170.
Hochstenbach, C., & Boterman, W.R. (2018). Age, life course and generations in gentrification. Handbook of Gentrification Studies, 170.
Tzaninis, Y., & Boterman, W.R. (2018). Beyond the urban–suburban dichotomy: Shifting mobilities and the transformation of suburbia. City, 22(1), 43-62.
Boterman, W. R., Manting, D., & Musterd, S. (2017). Understanding the social geographies of urban regions through the socio‐economic and cultural dimension of class. Population, Space and Place (online first) doi.org/10.1002/psp.2130 .
Pinkster, F. M., & Boterman, W. R. (2017). When the spell is broken: gentrification, urban tourism and privileged discontent in the Amsterdam canal district. cultural geographies, 24(3), 457-472.
Boterman, W., & Musterd, S. (2017). Differentiated residential orientations of class fractions. Handbook of new urban studies, 388-407.
Hochstenbach, C., & Boterman, W. R. (2017). Intergenerational support shaping residential trajectories: Young people leaving home in a gentrifying city. Urban studies, 54(2), 399-420.
Boterman, W. R. (2017). Molly Vollman Makris: Public housing and school choice in a gentrified city: youth experiences of uneven opportunity.
Van Gent, W. P. C., Boterman, W. R., & van Grondelle, M. W. (2016). Surveying the Fault Lines in Social Tectonics; Neighbourhood Boundaries in a Socially-mixed Renewal Area. Housing, Theory and Society, 33(3), 247-267.
Savini, F., Boterman, W. R., Van Gent, W. P., & Majoor, S. (2016). Amsterdam in the 21st century: Geography, housing, spatial development and politics. Cities, 52, 103-113.
Boterman, W. R., & Musterd, S. (2016). Cocooning urban life: Exposure to diversity in neighbourhoods, workplaces and transport. Cities, 59, 139-147.
Buitelaar, E., Weterings, A. B., Raspe, O., Jonkeren, O., & Boterman, W. R. (2016). De verdeelde triomf: verkenning van stedelijk-economische ongelijkheid en opties voor beleid: Ruimtelijke Verkenningen 2016. Planbureau voor de Leefomgevng.
Boterman, W. R., & Bontje, M. (2016). ‘The’creative class does not exist: contrasting the residential preferences of creative and technical workers in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. In Skills and Cities (pp. 87-109). Routledge.
Boterman, W. R., & Bridge, G. (2015). Gender, class and space in the field of parenthood: comparing middle‐class fractions in Amsterdam and London. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40(2), 249-261.
Hochstenbach, C., & Boterman, W. R. (2015). Navigating the field of housing: housing pathways of young people in Amsterdam. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 30(2), 257-274.
Sleutjes, B. & Boterman, W.R. (2014) De Woonvoorkeuren van Internationale Kenniswerkers, in: Raspe, O. et al. Buitenlandse Kenniswerkers in Nederland, Den Haag: Planbureau voor de leefomgeving
Sleutjes, B. & Boterman, W.R. (2014) Stated preferences of international knowledge workers in the Netherlands, Den Haag/Amsterdam: Verdus/Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Boterman, W.R. & B.Sleutjes (2014) Stated preferences of Stated residential preferences of higher educated workers in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, Den Haag/Amsterdam: Verdus/Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Boterman, W.R. & W.P.C. Van Gent (2014) Housing Liberalization and Gentrification. The Social Effects of Tenure Conversions in Amsterdam, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 105 (2).
Boterman, W.R. (2014) Gentrification en de terugkeer van middenklassegezinnen naar Amsterdam, in:Bakens, De Groot, H.,Mulder, P.& J, Pen, C-J, Soort zoekt soort: Clustering en sociaal-economische scheidslijnen in Nederland, Platform 31, Den Haag
Boterman, W.R. & L.Karsten (2014) On the spatial dimension of the gender division of paid work in two-parent families: the case of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 105 (1) 107-116.
Boterman, W.R., C.Hochstenbach, R.Ronald & M.Sleurink (2013) Duurzame Toegankelijkheid van de Amsterdamse woningmarkt voor starters, Amsterdam: Centre for Urban Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Boterman , W. R . (2013) Dealing with Diversity. Middle-class family households and the issue of 'black' and 'white' schools in Amsterdam, Urban Studies 50:1130-1147.
Boterman , W. R (2012). Residential Mobility of Urban Middle Class Parents in the Field of Parenthood , Environment and Planning A, 44: 2397-2412.
Boterman , W. R (2012). Residential Practices of Middle Classes in the Field of Parenthood, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, dissertation.
Boterman , W. R (2012). Deconstructing Coincidence. How middle-class households use various forms of capital to find a home, Housing Theory & Society 29 (3), 321-338.
Boterman, W. R., Karsten, L & S. Musterd (2010).
Gentrifiers settling down? Patterns and trends of residential location of middle-class families in Amsterdam, Housing Studies 25 (5).
Boterman, W. (2005) De stad is anders; Gentrification in Kopenhagen als distinctiestrategie, Agora 4.
2013-2018 Research apprenticeship RMUS
2014-2015 Advanced Urban Studies
2016-2018 Lectures distinction and cycling at the International Summer School Planning the Cycling City
2010-2018 Urban Geography
2014 Qualitative Methods
2013 Master thesis-project on gentrification
2013 Literature course gentrification
2012-2013 Lectures gentrification at the International Summer School of Housing Studies
2011 Bachelor Buitenlandervaring
2008-2010 Dynamics of Urban Regions
2008 Public Space (Scriptieproject)
2006 Media Cultuur en Maatschappij