The social consequences of gas production and soil movement in Groningen are extensive and complex. Information on these consequences and their related practices and policies is widely available but spread out over multiple research institutes and knowledge banks. The Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen* collects this information and indicates currently unresolved issues. In addition, the Knowledge Platform stimulates cooperation between knowledge providers and knowledge seekers.
In addition to knowledge about social issues in Groningen,
we also collect knowledge about other extractive industries elsewhere in the world, such as mining, wind turbines, solar parks, salt mines, and geothermic energy. In this manner, we gain insight into the resilience of people to potential hazards and disasters. This supports us in learning from the mistakes made in Groningen. As such, knowledge from Groningen can provide a positive contribution: to help prevent commercial successes, from causing social disasters.
The knowledge platform focuses on a promising future. Our focus is on the following 4 social themes:
How do we avoid (experiences of) vulnerability and insecurity and stimulate the resilience of residents? What constitutes an ideal living situation, how is it threatened and how can it be restored? Which types of monitoring, prevention, intervention and communication are necessary to help both individuals and communities move forward?
A healthy and liveable situation
Everyone, from the household level up to the national government, has certain wishes and demands regarding housing situations and liveable environments. Which methods support the development of workable plans, consider the wishes of citizens, ensure safety regulations, help to identify and maintain cultural heritage, and encourage sustainable living?
Economic and societal vitality
Which means and methods stimulate the entrepreneurship and decisiveness of residents and administrators?
Mutual trust, regulations, and structures
Which factors can achieve constructive cooperation between all stakeholders? What aids constructive debate and how do we compromise at each level involved?
* The Kennisplatform Leefbaar en kansrijk groningen Groningen was commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
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Jantina Tammeshuis - Sustainable Society
Nieuwe Kijk in 't Jatstraat 68
9712 SK Groningen
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