Mission Statement

The Global Urban Lab is a communication and action platform, which is part of the TU Delft | Global Initiative. Our goal is to bring visibility and articulation to TU Delft staff and students doing work on urbanisation in the Global South (Low and Middle Income Settings). Next to hosting discussions, lectures and events, the Global Urban Lab predominantly wants to connect and build knowledge: serving as a platform throughout all faculties, schools, and departments for researchers and practitioners to meet, learn and collaborate in a transdisciplinary manner.


In a context of social, political and environmental unrest, there is an urgent need for developing alternative solutions and relations on a global scale. Therefore, the Global Urban Lab wants to share alternative views and knowledge without the traditional Global North centrism, in order to create a positive collaboration between di!erent areas of the planet.


From a wider perspective, the idea of “urban” includes a broad multiplicity of sites, forms and scales, from the most remote settlements up to global metropolises. This approach sees urbanisation as a process, not as a goal or fixed category, that overcomes and increasingly diffuses the traditional divide between ‘the rural’ versus ‘the urban’.


The platform aims to actively seek the connection outside of the academic realm, proposing itself as a space for experimentation and action, informing public, private and civic initiatives of innovative research happening at TU Delft.


Programme Leaders




Research & Publications

General Affairs


Student Assistant


  • Carolina Fiallo
  • Diego Moya Ortiz
  • Pablo Munoz Unceta
  • Karel van Oordt
  • Jose de la Torre
  • Tanya Tsui
  • Marta Rota
  • Vera van Maaren
  • Preetika Balasubramanian
  • Anna Klimczak


Marta Rota, Jose de la Torre, Vera van Maaren, Karel van Oordt, Christophe Ndayizeye, Michiel Smits, Ellen Rouwendal, Dóra Hegyi, Carolina Cardoso Pera Eboli, Sindhuja Janakiraman, Leonardo Canizzo, Eva Labrujere, Zuzanna Sekuła, Serah Ingrid Calitz, Meryam Ajari, Concha Aranda Iglesias, Marcella Wong, Satya Maia Patchineelam, Francisco Morales, Juan David Patiño Guera, Shu-Chen Hsu, Roberto Wyntie, Francesca Palanori , Berra Kilic, Yi Gang Li, Rafael Cohen, Chiara Di Data, Thomas Fell Rubio, Emma Paola Flores, John Hanna, Daniel Semunugus, Francisco Monsalve, Hugh Fergusson, Memo Buijs, Charlotte Boersmai, Zahra Agbaria, Johnathan Subendran, Ismail Nuhu Adeiza, Surabhi Khandelwal, Jackson Kariuki, Ganesh Babu R P, Surbhi Agrawal, Oumkaltoum Boudouaya, Dr. Reinout Kleinhans, Marcelo Carreiro Matias, Purvi Sanil, Jeff Hill, Thomas Schram, Charlie Roelse, Elizabeth Dean Hermann, Vincent Nadin, Resetselemang Clement Leduka, Rosa Elena Donoso, Xavier Méndez Abad, Boram Kim, Thelma Rath-Patel

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