Research projects

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)

IHS is an active member in a number of international networks and professional discussion groups such as the European Network of Housing Research, the Best Practice Network, the EU sponsored URBAL Network, NAERUS, and many more. As a junior researcher you will have access to the resources and expertise of these networks. Here is a small selection of current research projects.


Governing a metropolitan region for happiness and quality of life

Part of Urban competitiveness and resilience (UCR)

This research project seeks to shape a better understanding of the metropolitan governance process and institutional design of the Bandung Metropolitan Area, Indonesia. The objective is to improve the quality of life and sustainability of the over 8,5 million inhabitants of this highly urbanised environment.


Cities Alliance

Part of Urban strategies and planning (USP)

Cities Alliance is a partnership between the World Bank and UN-Habitat. Its objectives are to support cities in providing effective local government, an active citizenship and an economy characterised by both public and private investment. IHS contributes to this through a Cities Alliance funded project which examines the urban expansion and compactness debate in a rapidly urbanising context by studying the urbanisation patterns of three secondary cities in Mozambique.


Assessing and capturing the value of urban green infrastructure sustainability and resilience benefits

Part of Urban environment and climate change (UECC)

The research project aims to assess the multiple sustainability and resilience benefits of green infrastructure in the city of Cali, Colombia. Furthermore, it explores the impact of these benefits on real estate values by means of utilizing relevant instruments aimed at their identification.


Innovation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in emerging economies increasingly compete by innovating products, processes and markets. This is necessitated by rising production costs and growing competition within the global economy.

The research project analyses how the co-relation of global value chains, local innovation systems and absorptive capacity of firms determines innovation. The study conducts case studies of home accessory exports in Zhejiang (China), Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and Cape Town (South Africa), based on quantitative and qualitative research methods. Comparative analysis is used to draw theoretical conclusions and policy recommendations.