Vital Cities and Citizens
  • BOLD Cities (Big Open and Linked Data)

    VCC cooperates with BOLD. The Centre for BOLD Cities is used for big data research to help find solutions for urban problems

  • DRIFT for transition

    VCC works closely together with the research institute DRIFT for transition in the field of sustainability transitions.

  • Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities (EGSH)

    Many PhD candidates follow courses and get professional trainings from the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities.

  • Erasmus Migration & Diversity Institute (EMDI)

    VCC works closely together with EMDI, the interdisciplinary research and education institute on migration and diversity in urban contexts.

  • Erasmus Urban Youth Lab

    The Erasmus Urban Youth Lab (EUYL) is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam, IVO research institute, and the Erasmus Medical Center. EUYL wants to contribute to knowledge development in the area of vulnerable youth in a metropolitan environment. In addition, EUYL wants to contribute to the application of this knowledge by connecting science and practice. 

    Contact: prof.dr. Sabine Severiens
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  • GovernEUR

    VCC aims at generating rigor scientific knowledge with high social impact. Therefore it works closely together with GovernEUR, the institute in the field of social impact.

  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

    IHS is part of the EUR Holding and is aimed to tackle the problems faced in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities. VCC cooperates on a number of fields with IHS, like the PhD programme Urban Governance and Development and the master specialisation on Urban Governance.

  • Repolis

    VCC develops joint research initiatives with Repolis in the field of community-led initiatives in the field of urban development, sustainability, water management, health care, and energy transition.

The City of Rotterdam

The City of Rotterdam is partner of Vital Cities and Citizens. Rotterdam can be regarded as a laboratory with many (new) social developments. It is a city with a wide diversity of social challenges and VCC researchers engage with the city by sharing and developing new knowledge for wicked urban problems. 

VCC is involved in the Knowledge Labs, which consists of researchers of various disciplines and representatives of the City of Rotterdam and other knowledge institutions. The Knowledge Labs relate to the knowledge questions of the City of Rotterdam. 

Knowledge Labs

  • BIG Rotterdam

    BIG Rotterdam

    The urban environment poses many challenges for both the local government and citizens. BIG’R aims to offer Rotterdam a sustainable knowledge infrastructure with which public services are able to work more cost efficient. In addition, the knowledge can be beneficial for citizens.

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


    Healthy‘R is the knowledgde centre of the City of Rotterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The goal is to help citizens of Rotterdam choose healthier behaviour.

    Contact: prof.dr. Semiha Denktas
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  • KWP Leefbare Wijken

    Knowledge Lab Liveable Neighborhoods

    The Knowledge Lab Liveable Neighbourhoods aims to improve the quality of neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. The knowledge Lab deliberately uses existing knowledge and experiences in the field of improving liveability. Thus knowledge is co-created.

    Contact: prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen en dr. Erik Snel 
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  • Knowledge Lab Organisations in a Smart Society

    De City of Rotterdam and the Department of Public Administration and Sociology of the Erasmus University Rotterdam have formed a collaboration on the theme of organisational development. 

    The City will finance a doctoral researcher investigating 'Democratic Innovation and administrative craftmanship' and an employee of the municipality will write a dissertation as external PhD student in the field of 'Public organisations and the capacity for change'. In line with both projects, there will also be room for two internships per year for masters students in the next four years.

    Contact: dr. Wido Oerlemans en prof. dr. Bram Steijn

  • KWP Rotterdams Talent

    Rotterdam Talent

    This Knowledge Lab focuses on contributing to the development of knowledge of talented people in the city. Moreover, the Knowledge Lab stimulates the exchange and application of this knowledge, which contributes to improving the quality of education policy and the practice of education in the city. 

    Contact: drs. Tom Tudjman  
    > More information

  • ST-RAW

    ST-RAW for youth policy

    ST-RAW (before: DWARS) is the renewed academic hub for the youth aid chain. Together with partners from the working field, policy, education and science ST-RAW wants to provide a solid knowledge foundation to youth aid and municipal youth policy in Rotterdam.

    Contact: dr. Jacqueline Schenk en dr. Patricia Vuijk
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  • KWP Urban Big Data

    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 Lab Urban Big Data looks into these and other questions.

    Contact: dr. Rebecca Moody en dr. Fadi Hirzalla
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  • Urban Labour Market

    The labour market is perhaps the biggest challenge of Rotterdam, as offer and demand do not correspond. Therefore, the City of Rotterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam have founded the Knowledgde Lab Urban Labour Market.

    Contact: prof.dr. Menno Fenger
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