Articles 2022

van de Pas, N., de Kort, D., Koster, M & van Meijl, T. (2022) The Political Potential of Urban Informality in the Global North: A Rancièrian Perspective Journal of Developing Societies. Online first:

da Silva, S. & de Vries, P. (2022) The trajectory of the right to the city in Recife, Brazil: From belonging towards inclusion. Planning Theory. Online first:

Articles 2021

da Silva, S. & de Vries, P. (2021). The ambivalence of slum politics in reactionary times in Recife, Brazil. Dialectical Anthropology, 45(4), 383–401. Full-text access to a view-only version: Doi:

Van der Veer, L. (2021) ‘Guessing Games with Target Groups: Securing a Livelihood by Supporting Refugees in a Hostile Environment’. In Intersections: East-European Journal of Society and Politics, as part of a special issue edited by S. Hess, A. De Lauri and C. Brkovic

Koster, M. & Eiró, F. (2021) Clientelism in Northeast Brazil: brokerage within and outside electoral times. Contemporary Social Science, DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2021.1876244

Articles 2020

van der Veer, L. (2020) Residents’ responses to refugee reception: the cracks and continuities between care and control. Ethnic and Racial Studies (43)16: 368-387

van der Veer, L. (2020) Treacherous Elasticity, Callous Boundaries: Aspiring Volunteer Initiatives in the Field of Refugee Support in Rotterdam. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Heederik, J. (2020) The Voluntarisation of Welfare in Manchester: A Blessing and a Burden. Focaal Blog, October 2, 2020

Moore, A. (2020) The human cost of city upgrading in ‘pro-poor’ Medellín. Focaal Blog, September 23, 2020

van der Veer, L. (2020) Group-making and distrust within the infrastructure of refugee support. Focaal Blog, August 3, 2020

da Silva, S. (2020) Special Zones, Slums, and High-rise buildings: Community leaders between “occupancy urbanism” of the poor and the powerful in Recife, Brazil. Focaal Blog, July 31, 2020

Acosta, R., Eiró, F., Koch, I., & Koster, M. (2020) Introduction: Urban struggles: governance, resistance, and solidarity. Focaal Blog, July 2, 2020

Derks, S., Koster, M. & Oosterbaan, M. (2020) Olympic Legacies. City & Society (32) 1: 184–202.

Koster, M. (2020) An ethnographic perspective on urban planning: Temporality, diversity and critical urban theory. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44(2):185-199

Articles 2019

Koster, M. (2019) The state as a treacherous partner. Epilogue to special issue ‘Betrayal in the city: Urban development across the globe’. City & Society 31(3):436-440

Kolling, M. & M. Koster (2019) Introduction: Betrayal and Urban Development Across the Globe. City & Society 31(3):326-340

Eiró, F., & Koster, M. (2019). Facing bureaucratic uncertainty in the Bolsa Família Program: Clientelism beyond reciprocity and economic rationality. Focaal 85:84-96.

Eiró, F. (2019). The vicious cycle in the Bolsa Família Program’s implementation: discretionality and the challenge of social rights consolidation in Brazil. Qualitative Sociology 42(3): 385–409

Koster, M. (2019) Brokerage in participatief stedelijk bestuur. Rooilijn: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschap en Beleid in Ruimtelijke Ordening.

Koster, M. (2019) Assembling formal and informal urban governance: Political brokerage in Recife, Brazil. Anthropologica 61(1): 25-34

Koster, M. & A. Smart (2019) Performing in/formality beyond the dichotomy: An introduction. Anthropologica 61(1): 20-24

Jaffe, R. & M. Koster (2019) The myth of formality in the Global North: Informality-as-innovation in Dutch governance. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 43(3): 563-568

Wijntuin, P. & M. Koster (2019) Dutch-Moroccan girls navigating public space: Wandering as an everyday spatial practice. Space and Culture 22(3):280-293

Articles 2018

Eiró, F. (2018) On Bolsonaro: Brazilian democracy at risk. Focaal Blog, November 8, 2018

Koster, M. & Y.P.B. van Leynseele (2018) Brokers as assemblers: Studying development through the lens of brokerage. Ethnos 83(5): 803-813

Chalhi, S., M. Koster & J. Vermeulen (2018) Assembling the irreconcilable: youth workers, development policies and unruly young people in the Netherlands. Ethnos 83(5): 850-867

Nuijten, M., M. Koster, P. de Vries & A. C. C. Cabral (2018) Regimes de ordenação especial no Brasil: A fusão do neoliberalismo, populismo de esquerda e visões modernistas na urbanização de favelas no Recife. Cadernos CRH 31: 59-73

da Silva, S. & de Vries, P. (2018) Theorizing Slum Politics in Recife, Brazil: Community leaders symbolize the inconsistency of the urban situation. In: Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, Conference proceedings NALACS Conference 16‐17 June 2016, TU Delft

Lindoso, D.; Eiró F.; Bursztyn, M.; Rodrigues-Filho, S. and Nasuti, S. (2018) Harvesting Water for Living with Drought: Insights from the Brazilian Human Coexistence with Semi-Aridity Approach towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability, 10, 622, pp. 1-17. doi:10.3390/su10030622

Articles 2017

Brandt C.O. and Eiró F. (2017) Qualitative corruption research methods. How to research corruption? Conference Proceedings: Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum, June 2016, pp. 34-43.

Eiró F. (2017). O Programa Bolsa Família e os pobres “não-merecedores”: poder discricionário e os limites da consolidação de direitos sociais. Boletim de Análise Político-Institucional, vol. 13. Brasília, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Ipea), pp. 65-70.

Articles 2016

Koster, M. (2016). Brokers in participatory urban governance: Assembling formal and informal politics. L’Espace Politique 29(2).

Koster, M. and Nuijten, M. (2016) Coproducing urban space: rethinking the formal/informal dichotomy. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 37(3): 282-294

Books & Chapters

Koster, M. (2021) Political anthropology. In: Pedersen, L. & L. Cliggett (eds) The SAGE handbook of cultural anthropology. London: Sage, pp. 330-347

Koster, M. (2020) 28. Looking for hope in a world of struggle. In: Rasch, E., Salemink, O., Büscher, B. & Köhne, M. (eds) Thinking about Forces, Fields and Friendships with Monique Nuijten. Wageningen Academic Publishers. ISBN: 978-90-8686-356-3 

da Silva, S. & de Vries, P. (2020) The trajectory of the Right to the City: From belonging towards inclusion. In: Spire, A. & Morange, M (eds.) Vivre et construire le droit à la ville : expériences au Sud. La dimension politique des pratiques citadines. Presses Universitaires de Paris Nanterre. ISBN: 978-2-84016-357-2.

Eiró F. (2018) Anti-poverty Programs and Vote-Buying Strategies. In: Kubbe I., Engelbert A. (eds) Corruption and Norms: Why informal rules matter. London, Palgrave Macmillan

Koster, M., Jaffe, R.K. & Koning, A. de (2017) Citizenship Agendas in and beyond the Nation-State, Abingdon: Routledge

Rocco, R. & da Silva, S.  (eds.) (2018) Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America. Conference Proceedings, NALACS conference, 16-17 June, 2016, TU Delft

Special issues

Koster, M. & M. Kolling, eds. (2019) Betrayal in the city: Urban development across the globe. Special issue of City & Society 31(3)

Koster, M. & A. Smart, eds. (2019) Moving beyond the formal/informal dichotomy: Implications for governance. Special issue of Anthropologica 61(1)

Koster, M. & Y.P.B. van Leynseele, eds. (2018) Assembling development across the globe: ethnographies of brokerage. Special issue of Ethnos 83(5)

Nuijten, M. & M. Koster, eds. (2016) Close encounters: Ethnographies of the coproduction of space by the urban poor. Special issue of the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 37(3)