Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Urban Management

Social and economic participation

Against the backdrop of the reshaping of the welfare state, relationships between parties at the local level are shifting towards a 'participation society'.

Against the backdrop of the reshaping of the welfare state, relationships between parties at the local level are shifting towards a 'participation society'.

The Social and Economic Participation research programme focuses on two levels within the city: the practical implementation level and the institutional level.

  • In terms of practical implementation, we are focusing on knowledge, monitoring, experiments and interventions aimed at enabling people to participate both socially and economically. This approach targets people with poor job prospects, people with deficient language skills, vulnerable young people, homeless people and the mentally ill.
  • At an institutional level, we are interested in setting up partnerships between government entities, non-profit organisations, residents' associations and businesses with the aim of achieving a new and effective local interpretation of a participation society.

Example

Young people with problems such as debts, informal care situations, deficient language skills and difficulty in finding suitable apprenticeships may have trouble obtaining their basic qualifications. Intergenerational patterns can play a role in the background and obstruct participation. We concentrate on questions such as: how can young people become more self-reliant and work on their plans for the future?

Neighbourhood level
An important characteristic of the research programme is that it focuses on the networking activities of parties at the neighbourhood level.
It asks questions such as:

  • How can we help local residents become more actively involved by strengthening the social cohesion in neighbourhoods?
  • How can we conduct active interventions which lead to work?
  • How can we link the intervention with the goals which are to be achieved? This often goes hand in hand with questions about collaboration and the exchange of information between organisations​

Innovative

The research programme is innovative.
For example, we do not just focus on the various elements of the problems that obstruct participation, but are working to tackle multiple problems within each group in an integrated way.

Published by  Urban Management 28 March 2018

dr. A.J.M. Straathof (Alex)

Lector Management van Cultuurverandering

a.straathof@hva.nl
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dr. ir. A.M. de Zeeuw (Anna)

Community manager Sociale en Economische Participatie

a.m.de.zeeuw@hva.nl
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