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During yesterday’s online introduction to the Planning Complex Cities studio it was explained how the Planning Complex Cities studio functions as a research platform and social setting, what its fields of interest are, and to which ongoing research projects students can link their work. Among the latter projects are the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Action Plan for Sustainable Urbanisation and Housing, the Paramaribo Urban Rehabilitation Program (PURP) – in collaboration with the Interamerican Bank of Development (IDB) – , the Interreg Europe project Water-linked heritage Valorization (WaVE), the Horizon 2020 project Research Management in Peri-Urban Areas: Going Beyond Urban Metabolism (REPAiR), a project investigating rapid urban growth in the Cambodian secondary city of Srei Sophon, and a project concerned about post-industrial development in the city of Aalst (for more information on these projects, see here). These projects – all addressing questions about the tangible impact of spatial planning, governance and participation – provide students with opportunities for enhanced access to data and information, expert knowledge, stakeholders, and at times funding. Students are not required to link their graduation projects to these ongoing research projects; they can also choose to study a region and/or city of their own particular interest. In this case they need to explain how they intend to acquire in-depth knowledge about the places of their concern though!

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