Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AUAS awarded grant of €1.5 million for European project ABcities

25 Jun 2018 15:15 | Communication

Over the next four years, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) will conduct a European study into how policy can be organised in such a way as to provide optimum support for cooperating entrepreneurs in urban areas. The AUAS has received a grant of €1.5 million from Interreg Europe, an organisation funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which supports interregional cooperation. This is the first time that the AUAS has been the lead partner in research funded by Interreg Europe.

The ABCitiEs project involves five European urban regions: Amsterdam, Athens, Manchester, Vilnius (Lithuania) and the agglomeration of Varazdin-Čakovec (Croatia). Professor Willem van Winden: “The aim of the study is to see how policy can be organised in such a way as to support and stimulate cooperating companies that want to make the city more beautiful. These could be companies, for example, that want to refurbish a shopping street together or set up circular initiatives.

Strengthening cooperation

Cooperating companies are hampered by existing policies that do not support cooperation. At the same time, however, governments want companies to work together. This prompted the AUAS and the City of Amsterdam to actively look for European partners who, like Amsterdam, want to strengthen the position of cooperating entrepreneurs in the context of urban renewal.

Key research groups

The study is coordinated by one of AUAS’ key research programmes: Urban Management. The research groups led by Willem van Winden (Urban Economic Innovation), Stan Majoor (Urban Issues) and Jesse Weltevreden (Digital Commerce) are involved in the implementation of the project. Read more about the research project here.