Amsterdam, May 2022
Editing & Translation: Paul Evans
Editorial: Ida de Freitas, Thijs van Schijndel, Zahraa Attar, Eva Baaren
Design: Artgrafica, Office CC
Creative Commons: Non-commercial, Attribution, Share-alike
Citation: Nevejan C., Iaione C.F., Bamidis P., Jacob T., Hollstein A., Lardic J., 2022.
Urban Regional Research Ecology: on the local interaction between science and government, research and execution, theory and practice in times of accelerating and accumulating global crises. Report by the City Science Initiative, City of Amsterdam
Introduction: An Ecology of Chains and Networks
The dependence and interaction between government policy and scientific research, for example, has arguably never been more clear cut for citizens since the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ambitions are impressive, a great deal is taking place, and people are well-willing. Because various crises are currently accumulating and accelerating in areas such as climate, environment, society, politics and culture, the interaction between and within, knowledge institutions and governmental authorities is consistent, intensive and involves major consequences. At the same time, confusion exists: activities are not always transparent, there are various programmes that do not appear to be congruent, and establishing connections is not always straightforward. This accounts both for terms of collaboration at a European and at a national level, but also at a regional and a local level, where policy is visible and tangible in the living circumstances of persons and animals. At the same time, successful regional and local collaborations offer important insights into what is necessary to confront major societal challenges and crises at all levels.
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