Eurbanlab welcomes ICIS as new partner!

ICIS has joined the Eurbanlab network as strategic partner. Eurbanlab is a research and network organisation aimed at accelerating innovations for Sustainable Cities in Europe. They enable our community members to gain visibility, learn from others, meet other professionals and monetize their solutions on the European market. Through Showcasing we increase the exposure of innovative solutions and increase business opportunities for solution providers. Eurbanlab offers an  assessment method assisting stakeholders to improve – and learn from – sustainable construction projects. As a collaborative platform, Eurbanlab shares examples of innovative solutions, lessons learned, and connects solution providers with sustainable city initiatives.

ICIS expects special synergies between the Eurbanlab network and its research projects URB@Exp, SmarterLabs, and other future projects on urban sustainability.

SmarterLabs kicks off in Brussels 2-3 June 2016

On 2 and 3 June the 11 partners of the SmarterLabs project consortium met for a Kick-off meeting in Brussels. ICIS coordinates this new project that studies the effectiveness of ‘Smart City Living Labs’, an emerging approach in European cities. Living Labs bring together citizens, policymakers, businesses, and researchers to test smart, ICT-based solutions to urbaSmarterLabsn problems in real-life contexts. However, for urban mobility problems, solutions that ‘work’ in the particular reality of a Living Lab may not be adopted at a large scale. Urban infrastructure is interwoven with the daily lives of citizens and therefore difficult to change, and large groups may not even have access to ICTbased solutions. The SmarterLabs project develops a novel approach that anticipates such problems in upscaling, and tests the approach through smart mobility Living Lab experiments in four cities: Bellinzona, Brussels, Graz and Maastricht. For more information, see:

MUNPOP – program on Partnerships

MUNPOMUNPOP_PieterGlasbergenP (Maastricht-Utrecht-Nijmegen Program on Partnerships) is a joint program of researchers from Maastricht University, Utrecht University, and Radboud University Nijmegen on the topic of Partnerships for Sustainable Development, based at ICIS. More information can be found on the website MUNPOP produces an annual newsletter, and the latest version of May 2016 includes information about ongoing projects, new publications and an editorial reflection of doing research in Indonesia. The newsletter can be found here.


URB@Exp project meeting in Antwerp, 20-22 April 2016

ICIS-Antwerp - By FilleRoelants-137ICIS-Antwerp - By FilleRoelants-177From 20-22 of April, the URB@Exp consortium came together for a project meeting in Antwerp. The first day was devoted to an exchange between the city partners in the form of an inspiring “learning journey” through the city centre along places connected to the City Lab Antwerp. During the second day, the co-creation of city and academic partners focused on the guidelines and a pilot version of the inspiration kit, two of the envisioned outputs of the URB@Exp project. Both focus on giving inspirational guidance to (future) urban lab practitioners. On the last day, the team of academic partners planned the next steps until the project meeting in Lund in November. Several papers about the action research in the cities are on the way. Two academic partners (ICIS, Maastricht University and Malmö University) will present at the Eu-SPRI conference in Lund, June 7-10, 2016.

For more information on this project, visit: the URB@Exp website.

Inaugural speech Professor Marc Davidson

Prof. Marc Davidson, endowed professor ‘philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective’, gave his inaugural speech April 15.

“Our excessive individualism is at the root of the unwillingness to solve environmental problems. Scientific insights and technical ingenuity are no longer limiting factors. The essential impediment to sustainable development is mainly a lack of identification with future generations.” Thus stated Prof. Marc Davidson in his inaugural speech, in which he accepted his appointment as endowed professor of the philosophy of sustainable development from a humanistic perspective.

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SPIN Workshop Bogor

DSC_0019From March 31st till April 6th ICIS organized a workshop in Bogor, Indonesia. We discussed the third fieldwork conducted by each of the SPIN PhDs and their planning for the next fieldwork. With the presence of Indonesian and Dutch supervisors (Bustanul Arifin, Ari Darmastuti, Pieter Glasbergen, Fadhil Hassan, Surip Mawardi, and Astrid Offermans) we made good progress in developing the fourth research designs of the PhDs. Part of the SPIN project team visited UNCAPSA (Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture) and several departments within Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). More information about the 3rd and 4th fieldwork of the PhDs can be found at this website.

First results URB@Exp project presented at Urban Futures Conference

UrbanFutureConferenceAt the Urban Futures Conference in Graz (Austria), Christian Scholl presented first results of the ongoing URB@Exp project. The URB@EXP project is coordinated by ICIS and examines urban labs as new form of urban governance. The conference was attended by 1,600 visitors and focused on topics such as urban mobility, waste management and communication with citizens. In his presentation, Christian Scholl focused on the development of the Maastricht-LAB for an experimentation space to a platform for co-creation of urban development.

BIMBY assessment on the contribution of domestic gardens in Roermond

BIMBYIn recent years Roermond, like many cities in the Netherlands, increasingly suffered from the trend of paving domestic gardens. In order to contribute to an increased quality of life in the city, the municipality of Roermond started to involve its citizens in the greening of the city. In this context, the municipality was curious about the way private gardens potentially contribute to a sustainable living environment. With the 2015 edition of the annual municipal garden contest “Toon je Groene Tuin” (show your green garden) the city aims to contribute actively to increase the knowledge and awareness of its residents of the overall importance of a green and biodiverse private garden.

To assess the relationship of the contest-participants with their gardens, and gain more insight into their sustainability-contribution, the municipality of Roermond asked ICIS to interview the participants and to analyze the gardens with the BIMBY method (acronym for Biodiversity in My Back Yard).

Read the study report.

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New publications

  • Peeters, M., Huizhen, C., and Zhiping, L. (2016). Contrasting Emission Trading in the EU and China: An Exploration of the Role of the Courts. Climate Law, Volume 6, Issue 1-2, pages 197 – 226
  • Peeters, M. (2016). An EU law perspective on the Paris Agreement : Will the EU consider strengthening its mitigation effort?. Climate Law, Vol. 2016, No. 1-2, 2016, p. 182-195. Abstract
  • Martens, P. Amiot, C. & Bastian, B. (2016). People and Companion Animals: It Takes Two to Tango. BioScience. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw051
  • Kurth, L. &  Glasbergen, P (2016). Serving a heterogeneous Muslim identity? Private governance arrangements of halal food in the Netherlands. Agriculture and Human Values. doi: 10.1007/s10460-016-9698-z
  • Wijaya, A. & P. Glasbergen (2016). Toward a new scenario in agricultural sustainability certification? The response of the Indonesian National Government to private certification. Journal of Environment and Development. doi: 10.1177/1070496516640857 
  • Dijk, M. Wells, P. and Kemp, R. (2016) Will the momentum of the electric car last? Testing an hypothesis on disruptive innovation, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 105: 77–88. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2016.01.013
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R., Font Vivanco, D., Vasseur, V. (2016) Structural decomposition analysis of energy-related CO2 emissions in China from 1997 to 2010, Energy Efficiency. doi:10.1007/s12053-016-9427-x
  • Mennen, F., Beumer, C., Martens, P. (2016). The Sustainable Zoo: Mediating the sustainability message through education in GaiaZOO Kerkrade. ICIS, Maastricht University. PDF
  • Figge, L., Oebels, K., & Offermans, A. (2016). The effects of globalization on Ecological Footprints: an empirical analysis. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10668-016-9769-8
  • Oosterbroek et al. (2015) Assessing ecosystem impacts on health: A tool review. Ecosystem Services 17: 237–254. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.12.008.
  • Sri Astuti, E., Offermans, A., Glasbergen, P. (2015) Sustainability Certification and Economic Performance: An Analysis of Coffee Marketing Channels in Indonesia. Journal of economics and sustainable development 6:24: 84-98, ISSN 2222-1700 (Paper) ISSN 2222-2855 (Online)
  • Backhaus, J., Wieser, H., and Kemp, R. (2015) Disentangling Practices, Carriers, and Production-Consumption Systems: A Mixed-method Study of (Sustainable) Food Consumption, in E.H. Kennedy, M.J. Cohen and N. Krogman (eds.) Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in Research on Sustainable Consumption, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham, pp. 109-133.
  • Sri Astuti, E., Offermans, A., Kemp, R., Cörvers, R. (2015). The Impact of Coffee Certification on the Economic Performance of Indonesian Actors. Asian Journal of agriculture and development. 12:2: 1-16 ISSN: 1656-4383
  • Cörvers, R., Wiek, A., De Kraker, J., Lang, D., Martens, P. (2016), Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning for Sustainable Development. In: Heinrichs, H., Martens, P., Michelsen, G., Wiek, A. (Eds.). Sustainability Science - An Introduction (pp. 349-358) Springer
  • Pekdemir, C., Glasbergen, P., & Cörvers, R. (2015). On the transformative capacity of private fair labour arrangements. In A. Marx, J. Wouters, G. Rayp & L. Beke (Eds.), Global governance of labour rights (pp. 209-229). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Offermans, A. and Valkering, P. (2015). "Socially Robust River Management: Role of Perspective Dependent Acceptability Thresholds." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage. , 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000615 , 04015062
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J. and Martens, P., The Connection of Vegetation with Tourism Development and Economic Growth: A Case Study for Aruba. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering A 4 420-431. doi:10.17265/2162-5263/2015.08.004
  • Huynen, M. & Martens, P. (2015). Climate Change Effects on Heat- and Cold-Related Mortality in the Netherlands: A Scenario-Based Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12(10), 13295-13320; doi:10.3390/ijerph121013295
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R. and Van der Voet, E. The relativity of eco-innovation: environmental rebound effects from past transport innovations in Europe. Journal of Cleaner Production 101 (2015) 71e85
  • Ndichu, J., Blohmke, J., Kemp, R., Adeoti, J. & Obayelu, A.E (2015). The adoption of energy efficiency measures by firms in Africa: case studies of cassava processing in Nigeria and maize milling in Kenya. Innovation and Development, 5:2, 189-206DOI: 10.1080/2157930X.2015.1057980
  • Kurth, L. and Glasbergen, P. (2015). Dealing with tensions of multiculturalism: The politics of ritual slaughter in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1177/1367549415603375
  • Hidayat, N., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A. (2015). Sustainability Certification and Palm Oil Smallholders’ Livelihood: A Comparison between Scheme Smallholders and Independent Smallholders in Indonesia. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMA). 18:3:25-48
  • Akin, S., Martens, P. & Huynen, M. (2015). Climate change and infectious disease risk in Western Europe: a survey of Dutch expert opinion on adaptation responses and actors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9726-9749.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2015). BIMBY’s first steps: a pilot study on the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix and Maastricht to biodiversity, ecosystem services and urban sustainability. Urban Ecosystems, 20 August 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0488-y
  • Bitzer, V. & Glasbergen, P. (2015). Business–NGO partnerships in global value chains: part of the solution or part of the problem of sustainable change?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 35–40
  • Ibnu, M., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A., Arifin, B. (2015). Farmer preferences for coffee certification: a conjoint analysis of the Indonesian Smallholders.  Journal of Agricultural Science, 7:6: 20-34
  • Vasseur, V. & Kemp, R. (2015) A segmentation analysis: the case of photovoltaic in the Netherlands. Energy Efficiency. doi: 1-19. 10.1007/s12053-015-9340-8
  • Offermans, A. & Glasbergen, P. (2015) Boundary work in sustainability partnerships: an exploration of the round table on sustainable palm oil. Environmental Science and Policy. 50:  34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.01.016
  • Dijk, M. (2015) "From government to multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable mobility", in: F. Mancebo and I. Sachs (eds), “Transitions to Sustainability, Berlin: Springer
  • Offermans, A. and Cörvers, R. (2014) Hebben Indonesische boeren profijt van koffie- en palmoliecertificering? Milieu. 8: 42-44
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J., Martens, P. (2014). The Bilateral Relationship Between Tourism and Dengue Occurrence: Evidence From Aruba. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2:6 223-244, doi: 10.17265/2328-2169/2014.06.001
  • Peeters, M., (2014). "Europees Klimaatrecht en Nationale Beleidsruimte", Nederlands Juristenblad 2014, nr 41, artikelnummer 2109, pp 2918-2925
  • Vasseur, V. &  Kemp, R., (2014). "The adoption of PV in the Netherlands: A statistical analysis of adoption factors". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 41, January 2015, Pages 483–494. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.08.020
  • Akin, S & Martens, P. (2014) "A survey of Dutch expert opinion on climatic drivers of infectious disease risk in Western Europe" Climate 2014, 2(4), 310-328; DOI: 10.3390/cli2040310
  • Dijk, M., R. Orsato and R. Kemp (2014). "Towards a regime-based typology of market evolution", Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.10.002
  • Dijk, M. & Parkhurst, G. (2014). "Understanding the mobility-transformative qualities of urban park and ride polices in the UK and the Netherlands", International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management Vol. 14 (3/4), pp.246 – 270, DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.065292
  • Scholl, C., (2014) "The New Social Movement Approach", In: van der Heijden, H., "Handbook Of Political Citizenship And Social Movements" (pp 233-258), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978 1 78195 470 6.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2014) "Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens", Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-014-0270-8
  • Dijk, M. (2014). "A socio-technical perspective on the electrification of the automobile: niche and regime interaction", Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management 14 (2): 158-171. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.060749
  • Martens, P., Caselli, M, De Lombaerde, P., Figge, L. and Scholte, J.A. (2014) "New Directions in Globalization Indices", Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2014.944336
  • Horlings, L.G. & Hinssen, J.P.P. (2014) "Sustainable innovation in intensive animal husbandry; policy and public protests towards a mega-farm in the Netherlands", ESSACHESS. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 7, no. 1(13) / 2014: 125-145
  • Derkx, B., P. Glasbergen (2014) "Elaborating global private meta-governance: An inventory in the realm of voluntary sustainability standards", Global Environmental Change 27, 41–50, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.016
  • Pesqueira, L., P. Glasbergen (2014) "How Sustainability Partnerships Manage Complex Societal Issues: The Case of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector", In: Bohórguez, E., N. Etxaniz (eds) A new generation of public control, Transparencia Mexicana, pp 125-136
  • Abson, D.J., H. von Wehrden, S. Baumgärtner, J. Fischer, J. Hanspach, W. Härdtle, H. Heinrichs, A.M. Klein, D.J. Lang, P. Martens and D. Walmsley (2014) "Ecosystem services as a boundary object for sustainability", Ecological Economics 103, 29–37
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R., van der Voet, E., Heijungs, R. (2014) "Using LCA-based decomposition analysis to study the multi-dimensional contribution of technological innovation to environmental pressures", Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12118
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R. (2014) "Index decomposition analysis of residential energy consumption in China: 2002-2010", Applied Energy, 121: 10–19
  • Figge, L., & Martens, P. (2014) "Globalisation Continues: The Maastricht Globalisation Index Revisited and Updated", Globalizations Vol. 11 Iss: 2, DOI:10.1080/14747731.2014.887389
  • Peeters, M., Uylenburg, R. (2014) "EU Environmental Legislation, Legal Perspectives on Regulatory Strategies", ISBN: 9781781954768, DOI:10.4337/9781781954775
  • De Kraker, J., Kuijs, S., Cörvers, R., Offermans, A. (2014) "Internet public opinion on climate change: a world views analysis of online reader comments", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.19 - 33, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-09-2013-0109
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