Resilient Cities and People

How do citizens and the government manage changes in large urban areas? Who in fact 'makes' the city and when and where do we see this in practice?

What does this research involve?

We investigate how residents deal with changes in their environment. The aim of this research project is for stakeholders to gain understanding of civic initiatives and to use them to realize changes.


Theme Leads

  • Jan Fransen

    Jan Fransen (PhD and MA in Development Studies) is an expert on urban economic development and resilience at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). He is a visiting researcher on urban resilience at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS). Jan has over 25 years of experience in small business development, smart cities, resilient communities, poverty reduction and innovation in emerging economies.


  • Annabel Vreeker

    Annabel Vreeker is Assistant Professor of Orthopedagogy. Her research focuses on understanding and improving resilience and mental well-being of vulnerable young people. Annabel is currently working on several projects using eHealth applications to optimize the well-being and mental health of young people.

The smart city must now become inclusive

Rotterdam is quite resilient, but it could be much better

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The goal is to generate impact through research and co-creation: together with citizens, social entrepreneurs and policy makers.

VCC and ISS researching the impacts of COVID-19 in The Hague

Building urban resilience through urban agriculture?

Urban farming as a sustainable solution to cities’ over-dependence on international food chains

Frugal innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Finding smart, simple and affordable solutions to overcome resource constraints

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