Centre of Expertise Health Innovation

Towards Responsible Rebellion: governance and participation in collective housing for seniors

This SIA RAAK-mkb (small to medium-sized enterprises, or SME) project started on 1 May 2019. This project is a collaboration between the Urban Ageing and Public Governance research groups of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and therefore also between the two Centres of Expertise which are being developed. There is an increasing need for collective types of housing for seniors who find themselves between independent living and nursing care. 

 However, entrepreneurs run into a number of problems when it comes to setting up new housing forms for seniors: the number of parties to be involved and national as well as internal regulations are named as obstacles in these endeavours. It also seems to be difficult to involve (future) residents, which is very important to ensure that the housing supply meets their wishes, or market demand. As a result of these obstacles, the initiatives often miss the mark and the current supply does not (sufficiently) meet the housing requirements of seniors. Many older people are now at risk of falling between the cracks. The call for independent forms of living with care services is growing. To successfully set up new forms of housing, it's essential to improve governance in the area of regulations and give entrepreneurs a say in the matter. 


The goal of this research is to answer the following research question: 

How can we remove the obstacles which entrepreneurs experience in the governance of various forms of housing, in particular in the area of organising participation and dealing with regulations? 

Responsible rebellion is the starting point here: room for enterprising parties to deliberately take a different approach within the applicable laws and regulations, under the condition of providing good quality housing which allows welfare services and care, with consideration for empowerment and independence. 

Intended results 

The results of this research provide entrepreneurs with practical tools for setting up new forms of housing for seniors, and produce the following products: 

  • Guidance on Rules, Regulations and Decision-making. 

  • Consultation report on Participation: How do you make it work? 

  • Infographic on how to set up proper supervision. 

  • Manifesto: Residential Care Provision of the Future for successful governance. 


The following partners collaborate on this project with The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Leiden, CareBNB, SOR, Vastgoed Zorgsector (Real Estate Care Sector), BureauVijftig, Woonz.nl, D'article Enterprise, ProGoDo, Aedes, VTW, Marjo Visser Advies en Interimmanagement, NVTZ, Grey Valley, Atelier Rijksbouwmeester. 


Regieorgaan SIA: RAAK-mkb 

More information 

For more information about the project, please contact the project leader Dr Katja Rusinovic: k.m.rusinovic@hhs.nl