The Knowledge Platform gathers and shares knowledge and research that is relevant for social policy in the Groningen gas extraction area. We bring people and knowledge together. Hereby, the Knowledge Platform indirectly contributes to the continuous improvement of policy.
We strive for a society where industry, state and society are in harmony.
The Knowledge Platform is independent. We do not represent any specific interests, nor do we take a position on policy issues. Our role is to gather, interpret and effectively disseminate the most relevant knowledge in this area, in cooperation with all stakeholders (scientists, policy makers, citizens, professionals and administrators of (civil society) organisations).
The Knowledge Platform is accessible and open to everyone who is interested in or wants to contribute to the development of knowledge about societal issues in Groningen.
The Knowledge Platform has an open attitude towards the different and often conflicting interests that play a role in relation to gas extraction in Groningen.
The Knowledge Platform aims to enhance the attention devoted to societal impact in mining policy. To this end, the Knowledge Platform stimulates partnerships, co-creation and the creation of a diverse network.
For the longer term, our ambition extends beyond Groningen. We want to use the experiences from and insights and knowledge about gas extraction in Groningen to contribute to the development of mining policy that takes into consideration societal impact elsewhere in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. The province of Groningen is now experiencing the negative societal impact of ga extraction. Drawing lessons from the situation in Groningen, this might be prevented elsewhere. In addition, we want to engage with knowledge about transitions after disasters as well as the prevention of slow onset disasters. While great amounts of fossil energy are still being extracted all over the world, the province of Groningen wants to spearhead the transition to (more) sustainable energy. The insights and lessons learned from this transition can be used within and outside of the province.
Please note: the Knowledge Platform is not a research institute and does not conduct 'primary' research that provides new insights. The Knowledge Platform does carry out 'secondary' research that makes use of existing knowledge to provide overviews and interpret research findings.