De alliantie tussen TU/e, WUR, UU en UMC Utrecht heeft vijf subsidies tussen de 30.000 en 60.000 euro beschikbaar gesteld voor onderzoek dat de langdurige samenwerking tussen de instellingen op het gebied van Circular Inclusive Cities vormgeeft en faciliteert. De onderzoeksprojecten zijn innovatief en multidisciplinair en beogen bij te dragen aan de transitie naar een circulaire samenleving.

Het speerpunt Circular Society van de alliantie wil onderzoekers die werken aan circulaire en duurzame steden verbinden met onderzoek rondom inclusiviteit. Inclusiviteit is een voorwaarde voor elk succesvol transitieproces naar een duurzamere stad en samenleving. Met dit geld gaan 27 onderzoekers van de TU/e, WUR, UU en UMC Utrecht samenwerken in vijf projecten.

From hassle to asset: planning rainwater reuse in cities for adapting climate change             

Many cities around the world are experiencing water scarcity periods, and this is expected to worsen in the future. Rainwater can be seen as a resource that could help to alleviate a water scarce future if we start planning rainwater reuse systems from now. Besides, these systems can help to ease the pressure on drainage systems. However, what  elements  need  to  be  considered  when  planning  these  systems?  What  are  the  barriers  for  their implementation? What is needed to encourage different users to adopt these systems and to collaborate in their implementation? How to allocate these systems in the urban space, where there is little space available and planned infrastructures should be designed in harmony with the urban environment? This research aims to understand the transition pathways needed to achieve the implementation of sustainable and holistic infrastructure in cities, overcoming existent barriers and encouraging stakeholder collaboration.

Onderzoekers: Wei-Shan Chen (WUR, lead), Joeri Willet (WUR), Alida Alves Beloqui (WUR), Sanda Lenzholzer (WUR), Dr. Christian Nolf (WUR), Laura Piscicelli (UU). TU/e to be confirmed

Building a community-based participatory approach to explore how urban planning influences citizens access to circular and inclusive food systems

The creation of circular and inclusive urban food systems could help significantly reduce the negative environmental and  social consequences  of the  production,  consumption  and  disposal  of food. However, for a successful implementation in city-regions, it is pivotal that all urban citizens have access  to these  circular  foodsystems. This project introduces a community-based participatory research approach to explore how urban planning shapes the physical and social environments of different city-regions and how, in turn, the latter influence food choices and food and packaging recycling opportunities of different groups of citizens.

Onderzoekers: Pauline van den Berg (TUe), Joana Wensing (WUR, lead), Francesca Rubiconto (WUR), Eveline Van Leeuwen (WUR), Choolwe Muzyamba (UU)

The Last Supper? Enhancing circularity and inclusivity in urban food transitions

Circularity cannot be an exclusive practice. To achieve a ‘waste-free economy’, all levels of society need to be included in the transformative processes. Circularity depends on drastically reconfiguring the practices and processes of production and consumption by rethinking how people make use of and relate to environmental resources in their daily practices. This underlines that circularity and achieving zero-waste cannot be achieved without highly inclusive processes.

Little attention has so far been paid to the question of who is involved in bringing forward these processes. As such, we need to reflect upon  how gaining societal support for circularity is being approached. This consortium recognizes the vast diversity of those living in the city with limited capacities, heterogeneous perspectives and needs that are often not being met or considered. We need better understanding of who is might be left behind and whose needs and influences are not being considered in the design of circular foodsystems.

Onderzoekers: Jonas Colen Ladeia Torrens (TU/e), Jillian Student (WUR, lead), Judith Klostermann (WUR), Meghann Ormond (WUR), Sigrid Wertheim-Heck (WUR), Karlijn van den Broek (UU), Julia Tschersich (UU)

Deep Dive Inclusive Circular Cities part 2    

To guarantee inclusion, diversity and social equity in urban development projects, essential tools are needed.  Landscape and urban planners, designers, as well as architects, can take up inclusive planning and design processes that acknowledge human needs and dignity, and foster participation in shared decision-making. This project provides a deeper understanding of the different dimensions of an inclusive green city and how social equity is an integral part of any design effort. The project contributes towards a canvas, a research agenda, lecture series and keynotes.

Onderzoekers: Rianne Valkenburg (TU/e), Shahryar Sarabi (TU/e, UU), Marian Stuiver (WUR, lead), Tutku Yuksel (Thuis Wageningen), Margreet Takken, Stef Petiet (WUR), Line Rondard (WUR)

Nature-inclusive and socially-inclusive real estate development

Urban planners, policy makers, architects and financiers are faced with a wicked challenge in European  cities: increasing the  availability  of housing while  at  the same  time  integrating  nature  into  cities  for  climate  adaptation purposes and other urban sustainability goals. While on the one hand real estate and urban nature ‘compete’ for the same space, real estate development is increasingly also viewed as a potential lever for realizing nature-inclusive cities. Previous  studies  have  highlighted  successful  examples  of  integrating  urban  nature-based  solutions (NBS) into the real estate business case. However this approach often compromises  affordability  and  inclusivity  goals  of  cities. Furthermore, nature-inclusive design is innovative and therefore expensive,  making  it  more  an  ‘elite’  product  than  an  inclusive,  mainstream  housing  solution. To tackle this challenge this project brings together real estate developers,  investors,  urban  planners and architects  to explore how urban NBS as part of real  estate  developments  can  help  create  not  only green, but also inclusive cities, providing guidance for policy and practice.

Onderzoekers: Juliette Bekkering (TU/e), Helen Toxopeus (UU, Lead), Katrin Merfeld (UU)