First and foremost, I would like to thank my loving parents and sister for their encouragement during my graduate degree. Also, without their support during the period prior to pursuing a career in urban planning I would not be where I am today. It is with a strong bond that a family can stay close while being far apart. I would like to thank the entire Urban Competitive and Resilience team at IHS. Monserrat Budding-Polo, Dorcas Nthoki, Marina Salimgareeva, and Ronald Wall provided an excellent specialization period during my studies. All of them played a part in completing my thesis, but especially Dorcas, who was instrumental in providing guidance during the data collection period. Lastly, thank you to all of the friends I have made over the past year in Rotterdam. Academically and personally, many of you helped me continue down the path towards graduation. Leaving our homes and families to pursue a graduate degree is a difficult task, but all the support I was missing was quickly replaced by your friendship and care.

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Wall, R. Ronald, Salimgareeva, M. (Marina)
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies

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