The research themes in the Green Metropolises programme are listed below,
although the distinction is not always strictly upheld; many of the projects
would comfortably fit into several of these themes.
A number of research projects have found that cities harbour a wealth
of interesting animals. At the same time, however, cities are built for
people. Attempts should therefore be made to combine wildlife with an
attractive and clean housing and working environment.
It is important to have recreational facilities in the immediate vicinity
of residential districts, where they improve the quality of urban life
and liveability, public wellbeing and public health. Recreational facilities
have become a major element in the design (or redesign) of new or existing
areas. In a wider sense, the research addresses the issue of recreational
land use in and around cities, based on people's wishes and expectations
for the future.
Many Dutch green space and conservation areas are dissected by heavy infrastructure,
and government policies aim to defragment such areas. However, traditional
solutions to this problem have proved inadequate: typical wildlife underpasses
are only accessible to animals, while typical bridges are only accessible
to traffic. Research is therefore focusing on multifunctional use of bridges
and tunnels crossing the infrastructure ele-ments.
For many years, agricultural activities were entirely geared towards the
international market, and farmers have often regarded cities and urban
culture as a threat to their way of life. Meanwhile, however, farms are
increasingly diversifying and offer the cities a wide range of services,
gradually restoring the links between cities and farming. The research
on this issue focuses on the demand for 'green services' in cities, on
the potential supply of services by farmers and on ways to coordinate
this supply and demand.
There is a great demand for green housing situations, but it is not always
clear what constitutes a green housing situation. The projects in the
Green Housing (Groen Wonen) network therefore aim to define this concept.
and urban studies:
(planning and the roles of the various actors)
Much research is taking place in exploratory projects, supporting the
regional and urban planning processes. The aim is to achieve innovation
at the urban-rural interface, and to define the roles of the various actors
in this process of innovation, particularly the role of LNV.
Policy-makers regularly feel a need for more knowledge on urban versus
rural problems. The ministries of LNV, VROM and V&W all turned to
the researchers with policy questions in 2001.
Cooperation of education and research
A scientifical view on reality.