Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture 2020 Urban Society

Urban Society

Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture 2020: Urban Society

Date: Time: 12:00 Location: Cobbenhagen building

The fourth Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture will take place on Thursday 23 January 2020. The theme this year is Urban Society, with a keynote by Harvard professor Edward Glaeser on 'The pros and cons of urbanization'. Alderman of the Municipality of Tilburg, Berend de Vries, then discusses the theme from within the Municipality. The program of the day will start with various sessions in which Tilburg University professors discuss the theme from different points of view.

Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he has been working since 1992. He is a regular lecturer on microeconomics, complemented by urban and public economics. He was director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of articles on economic growth, the law and the economy of cities. His work focused in particular on the determinants of urban growth and the role of cities as centres of idea transfer. He obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. His books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008), Rethinking Federal Housing Policy (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008) and Triumph of the City (Penguin Press, 2011).

I am very honored about giving this lecture. I look forward to being once again amidst the great urban environment of the Netherlands.

Edward Glaeser

Berend de Vries

Berend de Vries grew up in the Achterhoek, but has lived in Tilburg since 1995. After studying Dutch Law at Tilburg University, he worked there for several years as a researcher. He then became senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague. Since 2010 he has been alderman of Tilburg for D66. He is responsible for Economy, Circular Economy, Spatial Planning, Energy Transition, City Marketing, BrabantCity and the projects: Spoorzone, Piushaven and Stappegoor. He is also a district alderman for Groenewoud, Noordhoek and Koningshaven.  Since October 2010, at the request of the national climate ambassador, he has been taking part in the ambassadors' consultations of local authorities and the national government in that capacity.

Urban Society Sessions

Smart Urban Intermediaries - Dr. Merlijn van Hulst
Buying or selling first in the Dutch housing market - Dr. Florian Sniekers
Historic Atlas of Tilburg - Pieter Siebers and Rob van Putten


12.00 Welcome for Vrienden van Cobbenhagen and special guests* Faculty Club

Urban Society Sessions

  • Smart Urban Intermediaries
  • Historic Atlas of Tilburg 
  • Buying or selling first in the Dutch housing market


  • Blackbox (Esplanade Building)
  • Portrait Room (Cobbenhagen Building)
  • CUBE16 (CUBE)

Welcome guests Lecture

Break for participants of the Sessions

Foyer Cobbenhagen Building
15.00 Vrienden van Cobbenhagen Lecture Auditorium Cobbenhagen Building
  Welcome by professor Klaas Sijtsma,  Rector Magnificus Tilburg University  
  Welcome by Piet-Hein Roorda, Treasurer Vrienden van Cobbenhagen  

Keynote The Pros and Cons of Urbanization, by professor Edward Glaeser

  Berend de Vries, Alderman of Tilburg  
17.00 Networking drinks Foyer Cobbenhagen Building
17.50 Dinner Vrienden van Cobbenhagen* Faculty Club

* On invitation only


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Photo: Freddie de Roeck

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