Bas van Heur

Postdoctoral researcher
Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht University

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I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Maastricht Virtual Knowledge Studio within the Department of Technology and Society Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. Broadly speaking, my main research interest is in the politics of urban development and the role of research in engaging with and analyzing urban development strategies and their effects. I have published on creative/cultural industries, music networks, conflict and the politics of scale, cultural political economy, small cities, the digitization of heritage, urban laboratories, and the built environment of higher education and research.

After doing my BA and MA in Cultural History at Utrecht University and the Humboldt University in Berlin, I started my PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Relocating to Berlin, I was a DFG-Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies and received my PhD from the Department of Earth Sciences of the Free University in Berlin. I have also taught at Utrecht University and Goldsmiths College and now teach courses on BA and MA level within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University. Before coming to university, I completed Intermediate Vocational Training (MBO) and one year of Higher Vocational Training (HBO) in building construction. In addition to my academic work, I try to maintain active connections with the cultural sector as well as policy makers through consultancy work and the organization of and participation in workshops and other events.


van Heur, Bas. 2009. "The Clustering of Creative Networks: Between Myth and Reality." 46 (8): 1531-1552.

van Heur, Bas, Ralf Brand, Andrew Karvonen, Simon Guy, Sally Wyatt, and , ,. 2009. "Urban Laboratories: toward an STS of the Built Environment." EASST Review, 28 (4): 4-6.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "From Creative Industries to Critique: Comparing Policies on London and Berlin." Culture and the City, 157-174. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "Imagining the Spatialities of Music Production: the Co-Constitutions of Creative Clustering and Networks." In Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy, edited by Tim Edensor, Deborah Leslie, Steve Millington, and Norma Rantisi, 106-115. London, New York: Routledge.

van Heur, Bas. 2008. "Review of Ned Rossiter ‘Organized Networks: Media Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions’ (2006, Rotterdam: NAi Publishers)." Rethinking Marxism, 20 (3): 505-507.

van Heur, Bas. 2008. "Amerikanisierung, ontologische Komplexität, Normativität: ein Kommentar zur Alexander Brands Beitrag." In Mediendemokratie in den USA: Politikgestaltung und Politikvermittlung am Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts, edited by Daniel Gossel and Matthias Fifka, 193-201. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

van Heur, Bas. 2008. "Networks of Aesthetic Production and the Urban Political Economy.".


de Rijcke, Sarah, Anne Beaulieu, and Bas van Heur. 2009. "New sites of knowledge production: examining expertise in heterogeneous networks." Participating in a mediated world. Conference organized by the Platform for Communication, Media and Information. 2009, November 27. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Trippenhuis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "CityLabs: Engaging Research, Policy and Practitioner Communities in Spatial Knowledge and Experimentation." URBIS. 2009, June 18-19. Manchester, UK.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "Cultural Policy, Creative Labour in an Urban Frame." Seminar 'Analyzing Urban Cultural Policy: From Regulation to Experimentation'. 2009, July 3. Institut für Europäische Enthnologie, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "Invited panel expert at workshop on 'the creative and cultural dimensions of Q4, an urban area in Venlo'." 2008, June 25. Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, the Netherlands.

van Heur, Bas. 2009. "PUBlicIMAGenING CityLab event: Presentation and Roundtable Discussion with Michelle Teran." 2009, May 23. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

van Heur, Bas. 2008. "Music as a Boundary Object: Electronic Music Networks and the Limits of Urban Governance." Spaces of Sound Colloquium. 2008, December 1. Department of Music and School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK.

van Heur, Bas. 2008. "On the Conjunctural and Structural Moments of Strategy." 4S/EASST Annual Meeting, 2008, August 20-23. 2008, August 23. Rotterdam, the Netherlands.