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Christine Richter is Assistant Professor in organizing land information at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management.

She studied geography and anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and continued her studies at the Department of Geography at the University of Denver, U.S.A. where she received BA and MA degrees. Christine worked as cartographer and geographic information systems analyst in government agencies and in private industry in Denver. She received her PhD from the University of Twente in 2014; and worked as a lecturer and researcher in the Governance and Inclusive Development group at the Department of Human Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam from 2013 until 2016.


Currently Christine teaches courses in ITC's land administration program, social science research methodology and introductory GIS courses. Her previous activities in teaching, coordination and undergraduate/graduate thesis supervision focused on mixed methodology, spatial analyses, and urban social geography.

Research interests

Christine’s research explores processes of digitalization and datafication in urban and land governance drawing on insights from science and technology studies, especially infrastructure and classification theory; literature in critical (smart) urbanism; and history and social studies of cartography and GIScience. 

Along these lines she studied the practices of mapping slums in government programs, property database development and the deployment of sensor technologies in the water supply in Indian cities; citizen perceptions on smart city developments in the Netherlands; and initiatives to use mobile geo-technologies in land rights documentation and registration in different geographic regions.

Past project involvement as researcher:

“Using spatial information infrastructure in urban governance networks to tackle deprivations” (NWO-Integrated research program)

“Developing participatory ‘spatial’ knowledge models in metropolitan governance networks” within the Chance2Sustain research project (http://www.chance2sustain.eu/4.0.html)

“From data subjects to data producers: negotiating the role of the public in urban geo-information data” (NWO; KIP; Maps4Society) 

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Research Output 2007 2019

Open Access
Social Norms
transaction costs
14 Downloads (Pure)

Cross-cutting challenges to innovation in land tenure documentation

Lengoiboni, M., Richter, C. & Zevenbergen, J., 1 Jun 2019, In : Land use policy. 85, p. 21-32 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
land tenure
land registration

People and Places Uncounted: Legibility in the Water Infrastructure of Lima, Peru

Hoefsloot, F. I., Pfeffer, K. & Richter, C., Jun 2019, p. 1-17. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

infrastructural development
information technology
8 Downloads (Pure)

People's strategies for perceived surveillance in Amsterdam Smart City

Jameson, S., Richter, C. & Taylor, L., 15 May 2019, In : Urban Geography. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
public sector
private sector

An overview of initiatives to innovate land tenure recordation: 2011 to present

Lengoiboini, M., Richter, C. & Zevenbergen, J. A., 21 Mar 2018, World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World : Washington, D.C. March 19-23, 2018. Washington DC: The World Bank, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
Process design
Data acquisition