The world is rapidly urbanising. At the same time, the relationship between citizens and city management is changing. How do we deal with diversity and inequality and ensure social mobility, security, participation opportunities and sufficient housing? Together with urban parties, the Centre of Expertise for Governance of Urban Transitions conducts practice-oriented research based on social issues and new forms of governance that reflect the transitions the city is facing.
These issues require an interdisciplinary approach. The Centre of Expertise combines expertise on social issues in The Hague area with new forms of governance, technology and design. These themes constantly interact with each other. For example, governance is always connected to social issues, and technology is often part of the solution. The studies carried out by the Centre of Expertise contribute to an inclusive city; a city that offers opportunities for all and is convenient for everyone to reside and live in.
In the Centre of Expertise, we work in and with professional practice, such as learning networks or urban labs. Citizens, students, lecturers, researchers, civil servants, social professionals and/or entrepreneurs work together to achieve an inclusive city.
As a Centre of Expertise, we conduct practice-oriented research and thus provide a direct contribution to education, professional practice and society.
dr. Rob Gilsing
Rob studied Political Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, specialising in International Relations. After graduating, he conducted research in the Political Science department into the relationship between citizens and local government. In 1996, he began working at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), where he conducted research into local youth policy. This was also the topic of his doctoral thesis in 2005. Other important lines of research on which he focused at SCP were local social policy and local WMO (Social Support Act)-based policy. In 2009, he was appointed head of the Youth, Child Rearing and Education research group at the Verwey-Jonker Institute, where he studied the transition and transformation of youth support, alongside a wide range of other topics. He was appointed professor Transforming Youth Care at The Hague University in Applied Sciences on 1 May email@example.com
Dr. ir. Jos van Leeuwen
Jos van Leeuwen graduated on Building Information Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology. After his studies, he worked part-time in the software industry and on his PhD research at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he continued to do research as associate professor and managed the master programme on Design & Decision Support Systems. In 2006 he was invited to a position of associate professor at the Universidade da Madeira, Portugal, where he initiated a new bachelor’s degree on Interactive Media Design and co-founded and co-directed the successful Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute – a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2011, Jos works at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, at the Faculty of IT & Design, initially as associate professor in the Communication & Multimedia Design programme. Since May 2019, he is full professor of Civic Technology.firstname.lastname@example.org
dr. Vincent Smit
Vincent Smit studied Urban Sociology in Nijmegen. After graduating, he spent ten years working as a scientific researcher at University of Technology Eindhoven (Architecture) and Leiden University (Social Sciences). From 1992, he worked as a senior policy adviser for the Urban Planning and Public Housing department of the Municipality of Rotterdam. Six years later, he was appointed senior project manager at the Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment Council (VROM), for which he continues to work one day a week. Since December 2005, Vincent as been head of the Metropolitan Development research group affiliated with The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board for the Woonstichting Cassade in Waalwijk.email@example.com
dr. Henno Theisens
Henno studied European Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics, and Public Administration at the University of Twente. In 2004, he earned a doctorate from the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies with a comparative research paper on policy change in higher education in the Netherlands and in England. As a researcher in Enschede, he carried out international consultancy work in particular. Starting from 2005, he worked as an analyst at the Education Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 2012, Theisens was appointed a lector at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.+31 (0) 70 - 445 70 26