Centre of Expertise Governance of Urban Transitions

Research group Metropolitan Development

The city is a dynamic environment where different population groups coexist. This social and cultural diversity offers opportunities, but also generates problems and uncertainty. Citizens and social institutions have plenty on their plate.

About the research group

In today’s society, there is considerable need for more freedom of choice, i.e. the possibility to be in charge of one’s own life. At the same time, the desire for a sense of certainty and safety has become stronger. Everyone wants socio-economic security, a good living and housing environment and opportunities to get ahead in life. The Metropolitan Development research group wants to help make this possible. The research group studies social and cultural developments in urban environments. And those environments are right around the corner. The research group has entered into a long-term partnership with the municipality and carries out its work in neighbourhoods in The Hague in the form of research projects, focus dialogues and interviews with residents and professionals. Students are closely involved in these activities since they will often encounter urban problems in their future careers.

About the professor

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.


Research project ‘Duidelijk Duinorp - Innolab The Hague’ on film