From 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.
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.
From 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.
At 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.
In 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.
[This text is in Dutch as it concerns an invitation for a lunch lecture that will be given in Dutch.]
Op 16 februari 2016 geeft Prof. Dr. Marjan Peeters een lunchlezing bij het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu over het thema “Klimaatbeleid en recht”. Marjan Peeters werd in september gehoord bij het rondetafelgesprek in de Kamer over de Urgenda-zaak. In 2010 deed zij in opdracht van VROM onderzoek naar Motieven en mogelijkheden voor een nationale klimaatwet en Klimaatwetgeving in Nederland. Zij is sinds 1 april 2008 bijzonder hoogleraar en hield haar oratie Met Recht naar Klimaatbescherming over de rol van het recht en de markt voor het klimaatbeleid. Haar lunchlezing zal ingaan op de ontwikkelingen in het Europees klimaatrecht in het licht van het Verdrag van Parijs, en welke gevolgen dit heeft voor de nationale ruimte voor klimaatbeleid.
TRANSIT researchers Julia Backhaus (ICIS, NL) and Bonno Pel (Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE) will participate in the congress that is organized by the Dutch Basic Income Association (VBI) in collaboration with UBIE (Unconditional Basic Income Europe) and BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network). Central topic of the conference is the recent wave of plans for experiments with (partial) Basic Income developed by Dutch local governments – what is the significance of these experiments for the Basic Income transformation?
The TRANSIT researchers will present and discuss key highlights from their recent case study on the BIEN network and Basic Income initiatives in Germany and the Netherlands (including organizer VBI, who celebrates its 25th anniversary).”
– More about the TRANSIT project
– More about the Basic Income Experiments Congress
Ecosystem Services Partnership’s members Conor Kretsch (COHAB), Hans Keune (INBO) and Bram Oosterbroek (ICIS) of the Working Group on Ecosystem Services & Public Health present the first results from the survey “Ecosystem services and human health – awareness and attitudes”.
Ecosystem Services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. The aim of the survey was to gain a clearer view of where and how human health perspectives are addressed by people working in the field of ecosystem services research, policy and practice. Some of its outcomes: for 64% of the respondents, the concept of human health directly relates to their work. Especially collaboration issues are mentioned as important barriers to research on ecosystems and health. We present the first results of analysis in progress at our Activities & Outputs page where you can download the preliminary results.