Social Innovation

Funding for research on Smart Urban Intermediaries in ‘living labs’

An international consortium led by Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg School of Governance) will receive funding from Urban Europe (ERA-NET, funded by the European Commission) to research Smart Urban Intermediaries. The research grant amounts to 1.1 million euros. The research will start in the spring of 2017 and last until October 2019.

European cities face complex challenges that demand smart solutions. This project puts urban intermediaries, those people who can bring people and resources together in innovative ways, at the heart of smart urban development and sets out to understand how they create social innovation. In four European cities Van Hulst and his research partners will do fieldwork and develop ‘living labs’ which will serve as sources of research data as well as sites for learning.

In short, they will advance knowledge of how intermediaries innovate and generate smart urban development with the aim to enhance liveability and resilience, and work towards vibrant, accessible and inclusive communities.

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