The Hague municipality grants funding for projects studying vulnerable populations and migrant groups in the city

The Hague city council

Two exciting new projects are starting up at the International Institute of Social Studies studying the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable populations and exploring economic and social inclusion of migrant groups in the Hague.

Economic and social inclusion of migrant groups in The Hague

Dr Helen Hintjens, in collaboration with Dr Naomi van Stapele from The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), aims to identify the untapped talents and educational and economic aspirations of migrant groups including refugees, with a focus on those living in the neighbourhoods of Spoorwijk and Schilderswijk. The project assesses their needs for services and access to education, training and resources to enable economic and social inclusion.

The research, which has been awarded a subsidy of €65,000 from the municipality of The Hague, will largely be conducted by migrant researchers trained in mixed-method survey and storyboarding methods.

Contact Dr Helen Hintjens for more information

Effects of heatwaves on vulnerable populations in The Hague

The Hague municipality also awarded €69,000 to a joint project between The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS), the International Institute of Social Studies and the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa with the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance at THUAS as the lead applicant. Led by Dr Sylvia Bergh,  the project aims to better understand and counter the effects of heatwaves on vulnerable populations in The Hague through appropriate health risk communication by the municipality.

By identifying simple and affordable 'frugal' innovations in the Hague and globally, developed by and for local citizens, the project aims to formulate practical policy recommendations.

Professor Thea Hilhorst, Professor Peter Knorringa and Dr Erwin van Tuijl also are also involved in this mixed-methods project that will adopt citizen science techniques, household surveys and Participatory Action Research.

More information about the project - Heatwaves and vulnerable populations: Mapping their needs in The Hague

Contact Dr Sylvia Bergh for more information


The funding for both projects is awarded under the subsidy instrument for higher education ‘Subsidieregeling Hoger Onderwijs Den Haag 2020’ which aims to support research projects that provide an innovative contribution to economic sectors and social challenges in The Hague and contribute to the attractiveness of the city as a hub for knowledge and education.

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