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Research (knowledge) institutions - Dossier Green

This collection contains the research institutions of the (knowledge) institutions that conduct research on nature and sustainability in the city. The layout is as follows: partner knowledge institutions, (inter)national knowledge institutions and other institutions.

Click on ‘more information’ for an overview of the different parts in this collection.

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Partner knowledge institutions

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED, UvA) 

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. IBED was founded in 2000 by merging research groups with the expertise in ecology and evolutionary biology, physical geography and environmental chemistry. Research at IBED targets the world around us from the level of molecules and genes to entire ecosystems. We aim to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At the core of IBED lies the integrated approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment using methods typical of the disciplines of ecology, physical geography and environmental chemistry.

For publications see: IBED - Research output 

Environments & Communities (UvA)

Environments & Communities is part of the Centre for Urban Studies.

Cities are a unique concentration of human opportunities and challenges. Understanding these opportunities and challenges requires the understanding of cities, and of processes unfolding in cities. The Centre’s research agenda is focused on global challenges of urban sustainable development including questions of economic prosperity and equity, social inclusion and citizenship, environmental sustainability and urban metabolism, housing, transportation, planning and governance. The Centre is naturally embedded in the Amsterdam urban region but its research programs reach across the world, particularly in North America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

For publications see: Centre for Urban Studies - publications

Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (VU)

The Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI) offers an umbrella for sustainability-related research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's), ASI seeks to build bridges between VU researchers and the wider community to increase our scientific and societal impact. Our motto is: "Integration of knowledge for sustainable social choices". 

For publications see: ASI - publicaties 

Institute voor Environmental Studies (VU) 

Since its foundation in 1971, the Institute for Environmental Studies has been conducting research in the field of diversity and complexity regarding environmental issues. The research program is inspired by the concept of sustainable development, in which an integrated vision of the environment is central.  

For publications see: Institute for Environmental Studies - research output

Designing Future Cities (HvA)

Designing Future Cities is part of HvA Urban Technology.

The built city is the physical city around us. Interventions are needed to make the city future-proof. This is one of the four challenges that Urban Technology is researching. This research contributes to rapid development towards a liveable and future-proof city. 

For publications see: Designing Future Cities - publications 

Circular Trainsition (HvA)

Circular Transition is part of HvA Urban Technology HvA Urban Technology

A circular city is a city without waste, in which materials are (re)used endlessly. This is one of the four challenges that Urban Technology is researching. This research contributes to the transition of Amsterdam towards a circular city. 

For publications see: Circular Transition - publications

The Sustainable City Program (HvA)

The Sustainable City Program is part of HvA Urban Governance and Social Innovation

The Sustainable City Program of the Centre of Expertise is happy to join the ambitions of the city of Amsterdam. By combining our knowledge in the fields of technology, economy and society, we will contribute to accelerating the sustainability transition in collaboration with the municipality and partners (private and public). 

For publication see: The Sustainable City Program - publications 

Circularity in Urban Regions (AMS)

AMS Institute addresses the urban challenge of transitioning from a linear to a circular model of resource management in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). Circularity means to rethink and redesign the flow of resources such as building materials, water, food and energy that drive urban activities. The goal is to reuse resources rather than dispose them as in the linear model. It further means to establish integrated sustainable ecosystems coherent with this novel resilient economic model. In circular flows, the value of the people, planet and prosperity is retained or created anew and not destructed.

For more information see: AMS - Circularity in Urban Regions

Climate Resilient Cities (AMS)

The Climate Resilient Cities research program evaluates the functioning, adaptation and resilience of climate systems. The entire urban air-water-soil-green system is analyzed, to map rainfall, temperature and wind turbulence in and around Amsterdam. We then use this information to create a climate adaptation planning approach that carefully designs and assesses interventions such as greening and the sustainable (re)design and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure.

For more information see: AMS - Climate Resilient Cities

(Inter)national knowledge institutions

Wageningen University & Research

The Wageningen Environmental Research research institute conducts research on themes regarding nature and sustainability, such as: urban food systems, the circular city, nature and health in the city and climate-proof cities. 

For publications see: Wageningen Environmental Research - research output

Other institutions

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of the environment, nature and spatial planning. We contribute to improving the quality of political and administrative decision-making by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is considered paramount. Policy relevance is the prime concern in all of our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is independent and scientifically sound.

For more information see: PBL - About PBL

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