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The Dutch Climate Research Initiative (KIN) has launched its first work program to accelerate climate transitions in urban neighborhoods. Founded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the program takes an inclusive and collaborative approach to research and innovation in the domain.

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly visible, there is an urgent need for innovative approaches to tackle the climate crisis. Innovative approaches to research and funding are also part of the strategy.

Developing the neighborhoods of tomorrow

Following the KIN way of working, the work program started at a concrete and urgent transition in the Netherlands: making urban neighborhoods sustainable. Then, last fall, researchers and stakeholders sat down together to develop a joint work program in a so-called Crutzen workshop. In implementation, the program will involve and support local parties such as housing corporations, civil servants, local entrepreneurs, sustainability professionals, and citizens in developing sustainable solutions for a just climate transition.

Jan de Boer, portfolio holder for KIN on the NWO Executive Board, says: “It is fantastic that this work program has come about together with all local stakeholders. It follows a radically new research method that fits the urgency we need to set climate transitions in motion.”

In the coming years, KIN will develop more programs in this way, using other tools, such as those that are more small-scale and/or connective. The underlying theme will be the same in all programs: the activities bring a climate-neutral, climate-resilient, and climate-just society closer.