Barend Wind is a 'pracademic'. In daily life, he works as a strategic policy advisor at one of Amsterdam's non-profit housing associations. Besides, he is an honorary lecturer in Socio-Spatial Planning at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2017, Barend Wind successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “Housing Wealth in Europe: Institutions and Inequality” (Tilburg University, the Netherlands), in which he reviews various European housing systems and the outcomes in terms of housing wealth inequality.
As a researcher, he studies emerging forms of inequality and institutional arrangements that reinforce or temper social and spatial forms of inequality. Particular attention is paid to the impact of privatization and commodification processes on the costs and benefits of urban life for several social groups. Barend Wind is involved in several Bachelor- and Master level courses about critical urban theory, political economy, and social justice.