Assistant Professor

Oana Druta

Department / Section
The Built Environment
Floor / room

Research Profile

Oana Druta is an assistant professor with the research group Urbanism and Urban Architecture at the TU/e department of Built Environment. Oana is a cultural geographer and urban planner, primarely conducting cross-national research in the field of housing. Her topics of interest include: shared living; homeownership and intergenerational support; housing pathways through the lifecourse; housing markets and the welfare state; neighbourhood regeneration and participation. To date she has researched and written about urban housing phenomena in Detroit, Tokyo, Birmingham (UK), Bucharest, Milan, and Amsterdam. At TU/e Oana is embedded in the Smart Cities program as the manager of the 'smart urban space: healthy environments' application area. Her current research branches out, on the one hand studying shared housing provision in the private rental sector (in Japan and the Netherlands), and on the other investigating home investment strategies among elderly homeowners aging in place in the Netherlands.

Academic Background

Originally from Bucharest, Romania, Oana Druta received a BA degree from the University of Tsukuba (Japan) in 2009. Later, she completed her masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan (USA), graduating in 2011. In 2012, she started her PhD at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (University of Amsterdam) embedded in the ERC funded project HOUWEL. In 2014, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK), Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) and Bucharest University where she conducted fieldwork into the housing careers of young adults. Oana obtained her PhD in 2017, with her thesis on 'Young adult homeownership pathways and intergenerational support'. After having been a postdoctoral researcher at UvA, she was appointed assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in May 2018.