The research group Sustainable Communities investigates how the development, strengthening and connecting of sustainable communities contribute to addressing complex societal issues that are responsible for increasing social inequality in society. Knowledge is developed in the field of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration, with a crucial and active role for residents.

Lines of research within the research group



The research group works closely with education in all sorts of ways, especially in the fields of social work, pedagogy and education. This involves the institutes for Social Work and Ecological Pedagogy, Education & Special Educational Needs and Archimedes. Students and lecturers participate in all our research.



The research group is in constant contact with all affiliated partners in professional practice. We work together structurally, within the triangle of professional practice, education and research. Collaboration partners include:

Our professors and researchers

Nico de Vos | Professor | Participation and Urban Development

Nico de Vos

Professor Sustainable Communities Show profile
Jolanda Berends | Researcher | Participation and Urban Development

Jolanda Berends

Researcher Sustainable Communities Show profile
Anton Boonen | Researcher | Vocational Education

Anton Boonen

Researcher Sustainable Communities Show profile

Marlijn Dingshoff

Researcher Participation, Care and Support, Sustainable Communities Show profile