The city is the engine of the economy. People, companies and knowledge institutions benefit from each other’s proximity; they collaborate in new networks to create innovative solutions. Together, as we speak, they create a new urban economy. How can they do so successfully?
This professorship studies the dynamics of innovative coalitions in the city of Amsterdam that aim to make the city more sustainable and more attractive. What new partnerships and business models emerge, and how do they operate? How might they be managed more effectively? What division of roles do we see between public, private and knowledge partners? What conditions (spatial, social, economic, legal) determine their success? What competencies are required to launch and manage them?
The professorship further offers specific expertise on these issues:
At a higher aggregate level: how might we better manage urban innovation ecosystems? How do new hybrid institutions such as the Amsterdam Economic Board, Amsterdam Smart City and comparable platforms function in other cities? What new approaches and tools are there, what dilemmas arise?