City Government Rotterdam

The city and the municipality of Rotterdam are partners of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Rotterdam can be regarded as a laboratory with many (new) societal developments. It is a diverse city rich with urgent societal questions. ESSB researchers engage with the city by finding solutions for questions and contributing their knowledge.

Knowledge Hubs

The ESSB is closely involved in the Knowledge Hubs, which consists of scientists of various disciplines and representatives of the municipality of Rotterdam and other knowledge institutes. The Knowledge Hubs include the questions the municipality of Rotterdam would like to answer.

  • Improving Neighbourhoods

    The aim of the Knowledge Hub Improving Neighbourhoods is to improve the quality of neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. The knowledge hub deliberately uses knowledge and experiences in the field of improving the quality of living, thus knowledge is co-created.

    Contact: prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen en dr. Erik Snel 
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  • Rotterdam Talent

    This Knowledge Hub has two goals: contributing to the development of knowledge of talented people in the city. Moreover, the knowledge hub stimulates the exchange and application of this knowledge, which contributes to improving the quality of the educational policy and the practice of education in the city. 

    Contact: prof.dr. Sabine Severiens en drs. Tom Tudjman  
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  • Urban Big Data

    How to increase the valuable use of big data? What is needed to enable this and which risks are at play? Which data are available and how reliable are they? What about privacy? The knowledge hub Urban Big Data looks into these and other questions.

    Contact: prof.dr. Liesbet van Zoonen en dr. Fadi Hirzalla
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  • City labour market 

    The labour market is perhaps the biggest challenge of Rotterdam, as offer and demand do not correspond. Therefore, the municipality of Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam have created the Knowledgde Hub City Labout Market.

    Contact: prof.dr. Menno Fenger

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  • Erasmus Smart Port

    In response to the Port of Rotterdam's need for solid knowledge, Erasmus University has gathered its maritime and port-related research and education in SmartPort@Erasmus, the center of excellence offering port-related education and research.

    Contact: prof.dr. Harry  Geerlings
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  • ST-RAW for youth policy

    ST-RAW (before: DWARS) is the renewed academic hub for the youth care chain. Together with partners stemming practice, policy, education and science ST-RAW aims to enhance the knowledge of the youth care policy of the municipality and municipalities in the region.

    Contact: dr. Jacqueline Schenk en dr. Patricia Vuijk
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  • BIG Rotterdam

    The metropolitan environment poses many challenges for the government and e citizens. The aim of BIG’R is to offer Rotterdam a sustainable knowledge infrastructure with which government services are able to work more cost efficient. In addition, the knowledge will be beneficial for citizens.

    Contact: prof.dr. Semiha Denktas
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  • Healthy'R

    Healthy‘R is the knowledgde centre of the municipality of Rotterdam and Erasmus University. The aim of this knowledge hub is to stimulate citizens of Rotterdam to adapt behaviour that is beneficial for their health.

    Contact: prof.dr. Semiha Denktas
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