Circular Cities

The Cities Hub

The province Zuid-Holland is a highly urbanised area.  When we talk about a circular Zuid-Holland, cities therefor play an important role. In the Cities Hub we research how the cities of the future will look like and what technical and social innovations are needed in order to create a healthy and sustainable environment for people. 

In our Cities Hub, we have two programmes: Inclusive Cities and Resilient Cities. Each programme has its own hub coordinator. 

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Inclusive Cities Programme

Tjerk Wobbes

"In the Inclusive Cities Programme we focus on how innovations can be integrated in the streets and neighbourhoods of cities, aiming to an inclusive society."

Interested? Contact Tjerk Wobbes -
Location: Rotterdam - Groot Handelsgebouw 


Research Themes

Our research is focused on the spatial and social implications of the circular economy.  These are our research themes:

  • Spatial implementations and urban planning.
  • Social interaction, inclusion and participation.
  • Circular and inclusive governance and business models.

    What can you expect as a student?

    • Work spaces in the office of Plein06 (at Groothandels building).
    • Biweekly meetings with the Inclusive Cities Hub students and coordinator.
    • Learn how to present your work to stakeholders. 
    • Working on real cases that comes from municipalities and companies

    Inclusive City hub

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    Resilient Cities Programme

    Benjamin Sprecher

    "In the Resilient Cities Programme we research the effects of different technological innovations in a city. How willa city look like if the sustainability targets will be achieved?"

    Interested? Contact Benjamin Sprecher -
    Location: Campus Leiden University in The Hague 

    Research Themes

    In the Resilient Cities Hub we take a systematic approach to sustainable urban development.  Together with the municipalities we have formulated the following research themes:

    • The material basis of the city: urban metabolism and circular economy
    • The city and its urban ecosystem: biodiversity and sustainability 
    • The livabel city: mobility, local pollution and micro climate
    • The city within its plenary boundaries: resources depletion and climate change  

    What can you expect as a student?

    • Extra seminars on resilience theories.
    • Monthly meetings in The Hague to exchange research progress.
    • Option to join a writing course.
    • Possibility to influence policy makers by researching real challenges in cities. 

    Reselient Cities

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    Other Knowledge & Innovation Hubs:

    The Greenport Hub

    Greenport Hub





    The Circular Industries Hub

    Circular Industries Hub