Cities are facing major challenges when it comes to the housing stock, the energy transition, urban quality of life and well-being, the circular economy and climate adaptation.
CUS researchers Michaela Hordijk, John Grin and Joeri Naus are intensively collaborating with cities to design urban infrastructures that are future-proof. Most recently, they have been awarded an NWO-grant to fund their research centred around co-creation.
Together with the municipality of Amsterdam, water company Waternet and energy network operator Alliander, these researchers are part of a co-creation project. A project in which the different parties think, plan and design together.
The team works on developing urban infrastructures that are not only future-proof, but also support the energy transition, a move towards a circular economy and climate adaptation efforts. This coalition will, simultaneously be looking for innovative, collaborative formats that can benefit a systemic change.
The role of the UvA-team is twofold: they lead the co-creation project but also assist in developing new policy agreements regarding the newly designed infrastructures. John, Michaela and Joeri train public officials in new methods for interviewing and host masterclasses for organizing systemic transitions. The results of these efforts are shared within the Kennisactiewater project.
The current, collaborative efforts concerning sustainability transitions have resulted in a new grant that supports research within the NWO ‘Transitions and Behaviour’ program: