Maurice Harteveld is specialised in the theory of urban design and the architecture of the city, with a current focus on the issue of public space and interdisciplinary thinking. As such, the body of his work emphasises the multiplicity of public space from the point of view of understanding use, governance, and significance. His work explicates interrelated socio-spatial transformations and cross-cultural exchange. In this he focusses on epistemological approaches, philosophically departing from after the Age of Modernism. While so doing he is developing the field of urban design in TU Delft, and he extends his work to several places abroad, throughout Europe, North America, and China.