2020 in a nutshell: research, resources, blogs & webinars

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This year has been a 365-day long marathon in which our collective resilience has been put to the test. Despite our activities being postponed or transformed and adapted, we are happy to report we have quite a few milestones to be proud about and a lot more content to share with you. Below, we list several resources, articles, interviews and webinars which we created this year, grouped in several categories to make your navigation easier. 

Research & resources

  • The PROSPECT project has officially come to an end but all the resources which were created during this past year are ready to use. This peer-to-peer learning programme for cities not only educated participants regarding financing sustainable plans and actions, but also extended this knowledge online. Here are some free online resources you can access: learning resources, the online library, success stories and good practices.

  • If research is one of your interests, we invite you to read a PhD focus article with Mr. Daniel Adamu, on tackling affordable housing issues. You can access it here.

  • This spring, IHS colleagues prof.dr. Jurian Edelenbos and Dr. Jan Fransenheading the Vital Cities and Citizens Erasmus Initiative, joined forces in an Impact Study of Covid-19 on the city of RotterdamFour different Policy letters, as well as Knowledge and Inspiration updates were published. You can find them here.

  • The final Public Report on Complex Land Markets in Uganda and Somaliland was published as a follow up on one of the IHS research projects, and can be accessed here.

  • This year, our information manager, Nigel Browne, published an article on Smart Cities, in which he explores the significance of the “Smart city” concept by reviewing its key components in relation to two ongoing trends—the Fourth Paradigm (the digital revolution) and rapid urbanization. Throughout the year, Nigel has also curated Covid-19-related information in a resource hub he created.

  • IHS was able to link with researchers from the Tongji University and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and find out how the city of Shanghai coped with COVID-19. The note documenting this case study can be accessed here.

  • Lastly, IHS currently conducts research in Nairobi, to determine how smart and frugal processes explain differences in Community Resilience in Nairobi’s informal settlements during Covid-19.

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Corporate updates

  • Before the global lockdowns, IHS took part in the World Urban Forum; look at the photos here.

  • In a period of generalized uncertainty, IHS was still able to guarantee education for the 2020-2021 academic year, which now happens in a blended form, both on-site and online. Check that message here.

  • This year has been intense not only because of the pandemic. International anti-racism protests reached also the Netherlands and IHS published a statement on where we stand regarding racism.

  • Over the summer, IHS joined the European Green Cities Development Foundation, a platform that aims at promoting best practices, facilitating research and knowledge exchange, and collaborating with partners to provide design and solutions that contribute to sustainable urban development. You can read more about our new strategic alliance here.

What awaits next year?

We start early on the 13th of January with a monthly live chat in which we aim to answer any questions related to joining our master programme. Find out more here. Until then, we wish everyone a better new year, with a lot of resilience, inspiration and hopefully more face-to-face connections.

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