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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:

  • Stepping Out: this project asks two questions on deep learning for deep sustainable transitions: how can professional actors (micro), sector-based organisational actors (meso), and place-based actor networks (macro) drive deep transdisciplinary and interprofessional learning to co-create solutions for deep sustainable transitions, and; how do these actors overcome emergent paradoxes in deep transdisciplinary and interprofessional learning?
    Led by Paul Chan (TU-Delft), Michaela Hordijk en Tuna Tasan Kok.
  • TransB: this project explores the opportunities for the multiplex creation of value through creative combinations of needs. Options created in four co-creation projects in Amsterdam, Helmond, Kerkrade and Limburg will be compared.
    Led by René Kemp (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) and the UvA team members are John Grin, Michaela Hordijk, Joeri Naus and one PhD student.