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Three research projects of UvA academics will receive a grant as part of the research programmes Urban Regions in the Delta and Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad organised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Three research projects of UvA academics will receive a grant as part of the research programmes Urban Regions in the Delta and Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad organised by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). These programmes support research on sustainable urban areas. A total of six research groups will receive a grant. Both programmes fall within the theme Connecting Sustainable Cities, an initiative of NWO and Nicis Institute in cooperation with the Dutch government and other partners.

The research programme Urban Regions in the Delta aims to develop knowledge for sustainable spatial planning and integrated area development within urban networks. The research focuses on water, quality of life and mobility , as well as on the various levels of public administration and information systems. The research programme Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad focuses on knowledge needed to facilitate the long-term internal and external accessibility of the Randstad and a sustainable way to guarantee this accessibility.

The Urban Regions in the Delta programme will see 3.3 million euros invested in four projects. The two projects that are part of the Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad programme will be granted 973,400 euros.

The selected UvA projects

■ Location preferences of knowledge workers and area development in the Amsterdam metropolitan region. Coordinator: Prof. S. Musterd
The researchers will develop a model that simulates how highly skilled workers choose where to live. An important factor for the growth and prosperity of cities is their attractiveness to these employees. Particular attention will be paid to Helsinki, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Eindhoven.

■ The innovative potential or contextualising legal norms in governance processes (CONTEXT): the case of sustainable development area.
Coordinator: Prof. W.G.M. Salet
The researchers will study the tension between (interactive) policy and legislative processes in the context of sustainable area development. They will use an approach in which rules are applied in a context-specific manner. The research will take place in the northern Randstad are of the Netherlands and the regions around Paris and Manchester.

■ Implementing transit oriented development [iTOD].
Coordinator: Prof. L. Bertolini
How can the barriers that stand in the way of the integration of sustainable urban development and transport hubs be overcome? The Amsterdam metropolitan area will play a central role and researchers will focus on actors and institutions, financing issues and the role of knowledge and information.