DUST – Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions

DUST – Democratising jUst Sustainability Transitions 

We are excited to announce the launch of our new project “DUST”, which is funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme, Horizon Europe. The ISOCARP Institute is proud to be a partner in this project, which aims to bring European policies closer to citizens for the future of democracy and civic participation.

DUST will develop and operationalise novel participatory instruments for proactive and strategic citizen engagement in sustainability transitions. It will combine design-led territorial tools with digital tools for citizen deliberation at scale. The project addresses a defining #societal and #democratic #challenge for Europe: to hear the voices of least engaged communities, especially in structurally weak regions dependent on energy-intensive industries, which will be most affected by transitions towards a more sustainable future.

Led by Delft University of Technology, with a highly competent and enthusiastic consortium comprising 13 partner institutions across Europe. The project lasts for three years, starting from Feb. 1st 2023. The ISOCARP Institute is committed to contributing to the project by leading the Communication and Dissemination activities.

If you would like to learn more about DUST or how the project will develop and operationalise, please contact Samir Amir: amin@isocarp-institute.org, DUST Project leader at the ISOCARP Institute.

Or download the document here

External web designing services

External web designing services

Context

For a new project starting early 2023, the Institute is looking for external web designing services. This would include setting up a project website and designing “story-telling modules”.

The Institute and other partners are contracted as a consortium by the European Commission to deliver a research and innovation project called DUST (Democratising jUst Sutainability Transitions) focusing on democratic participation in regions dependent in energy-intensive industries.

As part of the project we need to set-up a project website by mid-March 2023 with specific modules, that will be updated by the project team until the project end (January 2026), and stay online until January 2031 with no updates or maintenance. It will require maintenance and back-end updates until the project end, with a larger website updates a year or so into the project.

Interested? Reach out to info@isocarp-institute.org and send your proposal by 15.01.2023

The terms of reference are available here: Procurement of services for web design – DUST.

Call for guest lecturers – TRAINING ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Call for guest lecturers – TRAINING ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Context

The ISOCARP Institute is developing a new training programme on Sustainable Planning and Development targeting professionals working in the city-making disciplines – mainly in South-East Asia. This initiative is the result of collaboration initiative between our partners in the region and the Institute. The overall goal is to deepen the capacity of city-makers, improving decision making and the implementation of projects at the local, regional and national level. The programme is primary composed of three different themes (Urban Governance, Urban Environment and Strategic Planning) and localise their application in the regional context.  Each of module will be divided in three subtopics.

Course content 

 

Module 1: Urban Governance 

  1. Multi-level governance processes 
  2. Inclusive urban planning  
  3. Citizen Engagement in sustainable urban development 
  4. Gender Equality in environment & urban planning 
  5. Barriers between local & national sustainable urban development 
  6. Sustainable urban development in education processes 

Module 2:  Urban Environment 

  1. Energy transitions and neutrality in cities 
  2. Smart city designs for energy positive cities  
  3. Greening & nature-based solutions to support quality of life and enhance urban biodiversity  
  4. Promoting healthy cities (built environment & healthy communities) 
  5. Urban waste management & the circular economy 
  6. Urban water management for climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience

Module 3: Strategic Planning 

  1. Land use planning and management as a means of promoting compact, mixed-used and transit-oriented development (TOD) 
  2. Redesigning urban infrastructure, public spaces and facilities to adapt to climate change;  
  3. Innovative approaches to housing for low-income and vulnerable groups;  
  4. Land and property rights for displaced people;  
  5. Access to basic services for all, and SME development 
  6. Economics of planning practice and multi-scalar budgeting 

The developed learning materials consist of case studies and best practices, videos, further readings and references to other interactive media. Additional to the overall themes, current global planning concepts and approaches will be covered. 

The materials will be complemented with viable approaches and tools, such as vision building, action planning, monitoring and assessment approaches, digital tools and tackle the question of what suitable planning and which elements must be considered depending on various contexts. 

Call for guest lecturers 

The programme will be organised online through a dedicated learning platform in late spring 2023.

To provide the best content and offer accurate material for each module, we are looking for Guest Lecturers. Guest Lecturer would be expected to a) support the preparation of the module and b) deliver a 1,5 – 2h online lecture.
 
Are you an academic or a professional with expertise in one of the three Themes, please submit your interest using this application form until 04/01/2023. 

The application form:  https://forms.gle/wiEEZmhBj1GQFgpv6

Enquiries 

For any enquiries, please contact info@isocarp-institute.org

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Finance Administrator

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Finance Administrator

EU Finance Administrator at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands 

Fte 0.5 

About us

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non- profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short- term consultancy services, as well as design, and deliver capacity development and continuing education programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects, offers technical assistance globally, as well as engaged in capacity development projects with other international partners.

Job profile of an EU Finance Administrator:  

We are seeking for a part-time staff member with experience in project management interested to reinforce and support our growing international team. The financial administrator will support and assist us in the management of our multiple projects (EU and international funded projects). To apply for this position, you need to have at least 3-5 years of experience in the financial administration of EU-funded projects.

Responsibilities: 

  1. EU Finance and Administration
    • – Financial planning, budgeting, and reporting; outlining of contracts; processing payments and monitoring budgetary performance for specific EU funded projects.
    • – Ensure a high quality of finance-related workflows within the projects and in relation to our donors (notably the European Commission) as well as compliance with the specific guidelines provided by the European Commission.
    • – Coordinate together with Project Manager and Project Assistants the collection of effort evidence, expenses, etc. for the project as well as administrative and legal documentation.
    • – Contribute to financial and administrative aspects of new project applications.
    • – Support in the financial implementation of EU projects.

2. Internal finances:

    • – Support the directors in the administration of finances of ISOCARP Institute.
    • – Processing and archiving of invoices, including in view of external audits.
    • – Ensure the smooth processing of financial administration across the office.

3. In addition, you:

    • – Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment.
    • – Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders
    • – Can work independently
    • – Can coordinate several projects simultaneously 

Requirements:

  • – You hold a university degree (BA or higher) in relevant subjects (e.g., administration, finance, economics, management, or other courses related to this discipline);
  • – You have proven working experience in managing the internal finances of a Dutch organisation;
  • – You have proven working experience related to EU project finance administration;
  • – You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch;
  • – You have documentation skills and data management;
  • – You have knowledge of EU funding programmes;
  • – Asset: you have experience in associations, foundations, or non-profit organisations;
  • – You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners;
  • – You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Dutch and other European languages are an asset;
  • We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from different nationalities).

What do we offer: 

  • – 16 hrs week contract, with the possibility of increase
  • – Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team;
  • – The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments;
  • – A competitive salary;
  • – Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible;
  • – Hands-on-experience in EU projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment.

How to apply: 

Please apply using this link: EU Finance Administrator at ISOCARP Institute – 2521 Den Haag – Indeed.com application form. Or send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Taliah Dommerholt (Project Manager). Please use as a subject line: Surname, EU Finance Administrator.

For questions about the application, please send an email to info@isocarp-institute.org

Deadline to apply: 18th November 2022

Job Type: Part-time
Part-time hours: 16 per week

Salary: From €2,000.00 per month

Experience: Financial administration: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in 2521 CA Den Haag

Application Deadline: 18/11/2022
Expected Start Date: 29/11/2022

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JUSTNature Launches Survey for Urban Planning Professionals

JUSTNature launches survey for Urban Planning Professionals

Attention urban planning professionals! Horizon 2020 project, JUSTNature, wants to hear from you about the role of justice in nature-based solutions and urban planning.

From the survey we hope to understand: What role does environmental justice play in your daily work? What key aspects do you think need to be considered for the planning of low carbon and just cities?

Every opinion is valuable.

The survey is in English language and it takes about 20 minutes to be completed. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Check it out here👉https://lnkd.in/eqq8wpH8

JOB OPPORTUNITY: INTERN

JOB OPPORTUNITY: INTERN

Intern position at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands

Fte 0.8

About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design, and deliver capacity development and continuing education programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects, offers technical assistance globally, as well as engaged in capacity development projects with other international partners. 

Job profile of an Intern:  

We are seeking an intern (32 hours/week) for 6 months (with a possibility of extension) interested in urban topics. The intern will support and assist us in the management and delivery of our EU and international projects. To apply for this position, you must have at least bachelor’s degree or are enrolling in a master’s course and have work and residence permit in the Netherlands.

Responsibilities: 

Projects: 

  1. Supporting research activities (e.g., data gathering & analysis, report writing, etc.) for on-going EU projects. 
  2. Experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis is a plus.
  3. Supporting communication with partners, act as a liaison between the organisation, the public and the media through different (digital) channels.

Capacity building: 

  1. Supporting the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops.
  2. Supporting stakeholder (e.g., local governments, civil associations, NGOs, etc.) engagement activities. 

Project proposals: 

  • Assisting in the acquisition of new projects (i.e., Horizon Europe, etc.) including desk research and writing. 

In addition, you: 

  1. Can take initiative, bring a hands-on mentality, and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment. 
  2. Are a cooperative team player but also can work independently if necessary. 

Requirements:

  1. You hold at least a bachelor’s degree or are enrolling in a master’s program in Social Sciences or related discipline with a strong interest in urban issues.  
  2. Good knowledge on urban issues such as environmental justice, just transition, Green New Deal, smart cities, etc. is a plus. 
  3. You have skills in documentation and data management. 
  4. Experience with MS Office and/or Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. 
  5. You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset. 
  6. Available from September 2022 or earlier for a period of 6 months, at least 4 days per week. 
  7. You have a legitimate work and residence permit in the Netherlands.

What do we offer: 

  1. Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team in a well-located office in the Hague (Den Haag HS). 
  2. Opportunity to gain hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly and encouraging working environment. 
  3. The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments. 
  4. Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible. 
  5. 500 EUR /month (for 32hours per week) + holidays allowance

How to apply: 

Please apply using this application form. Only applications using this form will be accepted. 

For questions about the application, please send an email to Dr. Yirang Lim (Project Manager): lim@isocarp-institute.org 

Deadline to apply: 15th August, 2022 

To find out more about ISOCARP Institute, please visit our website https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EU Project Manager

EU Project Manager at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands 

Fte 0.8 

About us 

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. 

Job profile of a Project Manager:  

We are seeking a full-time staff member interested in urban challenges to carry out project management and support research communication responsibilities. The project manager will manage and support content development in multiple projects, both at the EU and internal levels. To apply for this position, you must have 2-3 years of experience of EU/International project management experience.   

We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority. ISOCARP Institute accepts candidates from all nationalities. 

Responsibilities: 

  1. Support the implementation of our projects: 
  • Managing the general project implementation of our Horizon 2020 projects 
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication plans with partners and clients, act as a liaison between the organization, the public, and the media through different (digital) channels.   
  • Supporting in the administration of projects financially. Experience in EU budgeting accountancy and financing is a strong asset. 

2. Capacity building: 

  • Support the delivery of capacity building activities, in terms of coordination and content creation, including training modules, animation of online and in-person trainings and workshops; 
  • Have a good knowledge of transition governance processes. Hands-on experience with local level governments or stakeholder engagement is an added value; 

3. Project proposals: 

  • Assisting in the acquisition and research projects (i.e. Horizon 2020 etc.) including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, writing proposals, and drafting budgets; 
  • Communicate and actively engage with high-level institutional partners. 

4. In addition, you: 

  • Bring action and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment; 
  • Are a team player, with the ability to engage with internal and external stakeholders; 
  • Can work independently as well as in teams; 
  • Can coordinate several projects simultaneously; 
  • Assists in the acquisition and research of projects, including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, and proposal writing. 
  • Have experience in managing and coordinating an international team. 

Requirements: 

  • You hold a master’s degree in social sciences, geography, urban studies, public administration, environmental sciences, or other discipline with a strong interest in the urban spectrum;  
  • You have minimum 2 – 3 years relevant working experience with a focus in EU or international project administration.  
  • You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up consortia, project ideas etc. 
  • You have documentation skills and data management; 
  • You are able to use develop graphical visual material and Microsoft and Adobe suite programs 
  • You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in the communication with high-level institutional partners; 
  • You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset; 
  • We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, those candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all different nationalities). 

What do we offer: 

  • 32 hrs/week (3-4 days) negotiable; 
  • Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team; 
  • The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments including presenting results in international events/conferences; 
  • A competitive salary;  
  • Flexibility in distributing your working hours, working from home also possible; 
  • Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment. 

How to apply: 

Please apply using this application form. Only applications using this form will be accepted. 

If you have any questions please contact info@isocarp-institute.org 

Deadline to apply: 8th June, 2022 

To find out more about ISOCARP Institute, please visit our website https://www.isocarp-institute.org/ 

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ISOCARP Institute participates in WAVE consortium meeting Tartu

ISOCARP Institute participates in WAVE consortium meeting Tartu
January 2022

Last month, ISOCARP Institute participated in the WAVE (Erasmus+) transnational project meeting hosted in Tartu, Estonia by the Estonian University of Life Sciences. Two intense days where the consortium team had the opportunity to observe and experience firsthand the connection of the citizens to the water landscapes in winter. Sauna and swimming in the icy river were two examples of how the community interacts using the nature available in the area.

During the meeting, the consortium discussed the development of the living labs, the structure, and the content of the course that will take place from the 11th March 2022 to the 25th of May 2022. Moreover, we got the opportunity to hear the plans and ambitions for the upcoming Tartu 2024 European Capital of Culture (more information here: https://tartu2024.ee/ )

For more information check:

WAVE Instagram page
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CxC-Consortium Week-1a

4th +CityxChange Consortium Meeting

4th +CityxChange Consortium Meeting

October 18-27th, 2021

CxC-Consortium Week-1a

On the 18th of October, the +CityxChange project kicks off its fourth consortium meeting. This time, the consortium meeting will be held over 1.5 weeks with a series of smaller sessions to share project updates and hearing the challenges and key learnings from each city. The meeting brings together all project partners including Lighthouse and Follower Cities.  

The project is heading into its fourth year of the five-year project and focusing on the finalization and replication phase. With over 69 deliverables submitted and a significant number of milestones achieved, the project team is proud of the ongoing dedication and commitment, especially under extra-ordinary conditions over the last year and a half. 

ISOCARP Institute will be sharing their updates and progress on their role in various work packages and integrating storytelling events to support city partners in their sessions.

Stay tuned for more information on how the consortium week unfolds.  

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JUSTNature Kick-Off Meeting

JUSTNature Kick-Off Meeting

September 15-16, 2021

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On the 15th September 2021, the JUSTNature project was officially kicked-off! JUSTNature is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 framework which aims to support a just transition towards low-carbon cities through Nature-based Solutions (NbS). More information about the project can be found here. 

The Kick-Off Meeting took place online over two days and brought together 19 European partners, including the ISOCARP Institute as well as public administrations, universities, and field experts. Together, the partners introduced the various components of the project and laid out the steps ahead for the coming months. The Kick-Off Meeting was facilitated by the project’s coordinator: EURAC (IT), who ensured fruitful discussions and provided interactive breaks for partners. The meeting also offered a platform for the project team to exchange and become better acquainted with one another. 

The ISOCARP Institute took part in the Kick-Off Meeting and presented its upcoming contribution for communication and dissemination. As a partner of JUSTNature, it will also be involved in other tasks related to research on co-governance and cross-learning activities.  

The Institute is excited to be a part of yet another interesting Horizon 2020 project. We are looking forward to the development of JUSTNature and a productive collaboration with the other project partners.