Seven projects awarded funding in the second round of VerDuS SURF Pop Up 2019

19 December 2019

Within the second round of VerDuS SURF Pop Up 2019, seven projects were awarded funding to generate new knowledge about developments in urban regions. The focus is five societal challenges at the interfaces of spatial planning, housing, accessibility, economy, and governance.

Woman on scootmobiel in street with shopsPhoto: Alex Schröder

In the call VerDuS SURF Pop Up 2019, 2nd round, researchers could apply for funding for small, short projects that fit within the theme of the knowledge programme Smart Urban Regions of the Future. Within the available budget of 300,000 euros, 7 of the 19 proposals assessed were awarded funding. Researchers submitted the proposal on behalf of a consortium with at least one large institution and one public or private partner. This round of VerDuS SURF Pop Up was the last of in total six comparable rounds in the period 2016-2019.

The projects (in alphabetical order of the project leader’s name) were awarded funding:

MaaS-TRAINER: Mobility-as-a-Service from a societal perspective. TRade-offs with Alternative INvEstment pRojects
Dr F.J. Bahamonde Birke, Utrecht University

The efforts to implement mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) are driven by individual travel behaviour and potential usage. However, societal valuation may go beyond individual preferences. Hence, this project aims at assessing different features of MaaS-services from a social desirability perspective and comparing these with investments in alternative social projects.

Space for experience. Research into the perception of urban parks based on user preferences.
Dr P.E.W. van den Berg, Eindhoven University of Technology

In a liveable and healthy city, people must feel safe and comfortable and have positive experiences. This project aims to analyse, by means of a Virtual Reality (VR) Stated Preference experiment, how characteristics of urban parks contribute to the perception of users.

Spatial designers as boundary spanners in transformations to a sustainable living environment: foreign cases as a mirror for a new Dutch spatial planning practice
Dr M.A. van den Brink, University of Groningen

In light of much needed sustainable spatial transformations, the NOVI and the new Environmental Planning Act envision strong stakeholder collaboration in Dutch spatial planning. Spatial designers are potential boundary spanners, bridging differences and stimulating such collaboration. This project investigates the roles and critical conditions for boundary spanning by spatial designers.

Mobimon: MOBiliteit and InclusieMONitor
Prof. D.F. Ettema, Utrecht University

The Netherlands has a high accessibility, but not to the same degree for everyone. Limited access to transport, distance to facilities and low socioeconomic status can lead to transport poverty and social exclusion. Mobimon develops a measurement tool that gives insight in the extent of transport poverty and its consequences in the Netherlands.

Degrowth Daily – Newspaper for the Degrowing City
Prof. J. de Kraker, Maastricht University

The Degrowth Daily is the first newspaper on Degrowth and the shrinking city. It is the result of a research project that explores two questions: does Degrowth offer a perspective for shrinking cities? And is the shrinking city a suitable testing ground for Degrowth practices?

A tool for co-designing healthy environments for older citizens in Emerging Smart Neighbourhoods
Prof. M. Mohammadi, Eindhoven University of Technology

Societal changes have caused a double vulnerability for some target groups. In healthcare, smart technologies have already shown great potential. However, on a healthy and inclusive neighbourhood level this is not yet the case. This proposal wants to develop an approach for designing smart inclusive neighbourhoods.

Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (EVA)
Prof. A. van Timmeren, TU Delft

EVA aims to efficiently distribute electric vehicles’ chargers at two scales: (1) at Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, given the daily flow of cars between different 4-digit postcodes; and subsequently (2) at Amsterdam West borough, given the distance between candidate street parking places and electricity substations, jobs, amenities, and dwellings.

Source: NWO