Building sustainable and inclusive urban futures: Incremental housing and material flows in the Global South


We are planning to write a collaborative proposal for the next NWO-NWA funding round on incremental housing practices for sustainable urban development in the Global South. Together with partners from academia, the private sector and NGOs, we aim to identify niches for sustainable transitions in the housing sector and new innovative practices related to the use of sustainable materials, reuse and recycling, and incremental construction and planning. This relates to three routes: Sustainable development goals for inclusive global development; Smart, liveable cities; and Circular economy and resource efficiency: sustainable circular impact.

In the preparation process, we found out that we need more time and space for a constructive dialogue with the partners about our approach and way of collaboration. Hence the matchmaking event has the following goals. First, in a very practical sense it will be useful to set up the proposal in a very collaborative way. Second, it will be useful to engage new partners, including private partners. It is necessary to get other partners on board and develop collaborative relationships with these partners, by figuring out in what roles they would like to be included. The topic is still broad enough to include a range of partners and include their ideas, yet focused enough to start drafting a proposal.

The outcome of the matchmaking event will be a draft proposal for the NWA funding round in spring 2019. Another concrete outcome will be a stakeholder analysis in which the roles and commitments of the different partners are clearly defined.


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Main applicant

Dr. H.J. van Noorloos

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geowetenschappen, Departement Sociale Geografie en Planologie


21/02/2019 to 23/02/2019