IHS undertakes specialised international research in partnership with client organisations. This work is focused on advancing urban theories, which is essential for critical thinking development. This research has been instigated and developed for partners including Cities Alliance, the World Bank and UN-Habitat.
In addition to providing the necessary knowledge for advisory work and training activities, academic research also helps identify gaps in capacity within the urban context. IHS publishes this content within working paper series and books on various issues relating to urban studies. The effort also contributes to bridging the gap between research and practice among urban professionals.
IHS also conducts commissioned research. Its clients for research include not only local and national governments but also multilateral/bilateral aid agencies and development banks. Contract research conducted by IHS provides case studies, identification of best practices, baseline studies, and evaluation/assessments of projects, programmes, and policies in urban management and development.
Besides project-based and internal academic research, IHS also provides research opportunities through its PhD programme in Urban Development and Governance. Part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (EGSH), the PhD programme offers participants a chance to learn from urban policy advisers and real-life cases, connect with like-minded people from all over the world and expand their professional network.
Impact Study of Covid-19 on Rotterdam and its citizens
Research project by the City of Rotterdam and Vital Cities and Citizens Erasmus Initiative
Bridging the knowledge gap: IHS Projects
Have a look at our commissioned and non-commissioned research on the project website.
PhD programme in Urban Development and Governance
This 4-year programme is part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities
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