Irina van Aalst

Irina van Aalst

Senior lecturer, researcher

Irina van Aalst is an urban geographer, Utrecht University. Her research can be positioned at the intersection of urban, cultural and economic geography. She publishes on urban dynamics and culture, surveillance and nightlife, public spaces, and youth. Furthermore, she is head of the Master program in Human Geography.

Nightlife Tourism

ING Art Center - Right room
Governing nightlife [tourism] in Amsterdam; Urban nightlife is typically understood in ambivalent terms. On the one hand, positive accounts of the night-time economy emphasize economic growth, tourism and city promotion. On the other hand, tensions between residents, entrepreneurs, visitors, and revellers about e.g. noise, alcohol and drug misuse, and anti-social behaviours. This short presentation focuses on the governance of nightlife areas in Amsterdam; balancing between entertainment and livability, between interests of visitors, tourist and residents and between various actors, stakeholders, and bottom-up initiatives working together.
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