Research in the master
The research agenda of the department of Spatial Planning and Environment focuses on
‘Institutional Innovation and Spatial Transformation’, as part of the Faculty's Research Program ‘towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation’ (tWIST). This theme concentrates on the relationships between institutional innovation (improved policy making) and spatial transformation (changing cities and regions). We pursue:
- to develop new opportunities for intervening in physical and social structures to enhance quality of life.
- to understand on-going spatial transformations and develop opportunities for governance intervention.
- to help establish capable and sustainable regions, cities and communities.
Examples of research projects related to EIP
‘Playing with Urban Complexity’ – Dr. Ir. Katherina Gugerell
This research project aims to foster the understanding of complex urban problems by combining participatory processes with serious games in a co-located setting. In particular, the project seeks to explore how game mechanics can be used to engage the actor group of young adults to make informed decisions that have an impact on their respective urban carbon footprints.
‘Flood Resilience in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom’ – Steven Forrest
This PhD research analyses the interactions between different actors at the local level, and the roles/responsibilities of the local state, civil society and the market in flood resilience. A short video about the PhD research can be found here.
‘INTENSSS-PA’ – Christian Zuidema
The INTENSSS-PA project is a EU funded Horizon 2020 project that studies the integration of sustainable energy measures, land uses and technologies within the spatial and socio economic landscape. It is focused on the process of institutional innovation needed for developing integrated sustainable energy plans.
‘SMART Campus Zernike Groningen’ – Dr. Elen-Maarja Trell
A research project carried out in collaboration with RIO projects and the Municipality of Groningen with support from Regio Groningen Assen and Zernike Campus.
Overview of publications and other activities