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Institutional Innovation & Spatial Transformation

The Department of Spatial Planning and Environment has a research agenda looking at the relationship between institutional innovation and the spatial transformation of the physical environment.

There are three mutually interrelated themes:

1. Governing Regions in Transition

Keywords: urban-rural change, peri-urban development, vulnerability, adaptiveness, sustainable governance, capacity building, resilience, wellbeing.

Main researchers: Prof Johan Woltjer, dr. Constanza Parra, Prof Gert de Roo

2. Social and Community Engagements in Planning

Keywords: social cohesion, social resilience, design activism, empowerment, social movements, self-organized strategic action.

Main researchers: dr. Terry van Dijk, dr. Justin Beaumont, dr. Katherina Gugerell, Prof George de Kam, Prof Gert de Roo

3. Integrated Development of Resources and Flows

Keywords: area-oriented and place-based approaches, sustainable development, integrated development of spatial planning, mobility, infrastructure, environmental health & hygiene, water and energy governance.

Main researchers: Prof Jos Arts, dr. Margo van den Brink, dr. Wendy Tan, dr. Tim Busscher, dr. Elen Trell, dr. Christian Zuidema, Prof Johan Woltjer

The activities (projects) under this agenda aim to:

- interpret spatial transformation in terms of urban change, complexity and capacities;

- clarify wellbeing through notions of sustainability, capacity, quality of life (liveability), and resilience;

- conceptualize these insights for input to the theoretical debate and the empirical understanding of Dutch, European and Asian planning practice;

- propose innovations in terms of institutional design and policy improvement.

Overall, research at the department is driven by on-going transformations of space and place, as co-evolving institutional, physical and social environments. We pursue to develop new opportunities for intervening in physical and social structures to enhance quality of life. Our drive is to understand on-going spatial transformations and develop opportunities for governance intervention. Our drive is also to help establish capable and sustainable regions, cities and communities.

Project title

Principal researchers

Adaptive planning strategies for urban regions

Ward Rauws

Prof. Gert de Roo

Area-oriented approaches in road infrastructure planning

Niels Heeres

prof. Jos Arts

Emergent leisure landscapes: transitions, adaptive capacity, and planning implications

Stefan Hartman

Prof. Gert de Roo

Decentral Energy Landscapes in the Netherlands and Germany

Dr. Christian Zuidema

Jessica de Boer

Prof. Gert de Roo

Capturing a multidisciplinary approach – Integrating ecosystem services and social impact analysis for sustainable land use management in the German North Sea coastal region

Leena Karrasch

Dr. Thomas Klenke

prof. Johan Woltjer

Evaluation in Integrated Land-Use Management

prof. Johan Woltjer

Establishing resilient coastal zones-a comparative study on the use of ecosystem services to integrate the spatial planning of land and sea

Ruiqian Li

prof. Johan Woltjer

dr. M.A. van den Brink

Faith-based organizations and exclusion in European cities

Dr. Justin Beaumont

Flood resilient cities? Resilience strategies in flood risk management and urban planning - a comparative analysis of London, Hamburg and Rotterdam

Britta Restemeyer

prof. Johan Woltjer

Freshwater use and regional capacity in the Netherlands

prof. Johan Woltjer

Improving road infrastructure planning in the Netherlands, Towards a programmatic planning approach

Tim Busscher

prof. Jos Arts

Innovative territories: sustainability through governance amongst interactive

urban and natural systems

Karina Castro Arce

Dr. Constanza Parra

prof. Johan Woltjer

Sustainable Metropolitan Governance in the Jakarta metropolitan region, inter-local governmental cooperation

Taufiq Hidayat Putra

prof. Johan Woltjer

Leisure Economy

Jasper F. Meekes

Prof. Gert de Roo

Dr. Constanza Parra

Living near highways

Marije Hamersma

prof. Jos Arts

Mapping the contextual Conditions of Resilient Decentralized Energy Systems

Dr. Christian Zuidema

Market involvement throughout the planning lifecycle

Sander Lenferink

prof. Jos Arts

Place Branding as Strategic Spatial Planning Instrument: Towards a Place Branding Strategy for the North of Portugal

Eduardo Oliveira

Prof. Greg Ashworth

Protected areas and ecotourism. Social sustainability and governance in Europe and the Americas

Dr. Constanza Parra

Self-organizations and sustainable urban development – a north-south dialogue

Dr. Justin Beaumont

Small cities, Metropoles and the Sustainable Future of Urban Indonesia

prof. Johan Woltjer

Dr. Delik Hudalah

Sustainability indicators: a learning tool for adaptive local governance

Umaporn Pupphachai

Prof. Gert de Roo

Sustainability of socioecological systems and their multi-scalar governance - Land acquisitions in Argentina

Nienke Busscher

Dr. Constanza Parra

prof. Johan Woltjer

Synergie tussen regionale planning en exergie

Ferry van Kann

Prof Gert de Roo

Tourism of the Wadden Region within an international perspective

Jasper Heslinga

Prof Gert de Roo

Dr. Constanza Parra

Towards a Capability Approach in Planning Evaluation and Regional Development

Widodo Pramono

prof. Johan Woltjer

Towards governing rapidly urbanized small cities under a decentralized system: The case of the Municipality of Cirebon, West Java Province, Indonesia

Paramita Rahayu

prof. Johan Woltjer

Waterways –Ways of Value -opportunities and limitations of a value-driven planning approach

Arjan Hijdra

prof. Jos Arts

prof. Johan Woltjer

Worldwide Governance Indicators and Contemporary Governance in Indonesia

Dr. Ron Holzhacker

prof. Rafael Wittek

prof. Johan Woltjer

Laatst gewijzigd:03 november 2014 13:55