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The Centre of Disaster Resilience (CDR) awarded funding for Geo-Techno-Social Projects

In the second edition of its annual seed funding call, the University of Twente’s Climate Centre awarded €126,000 to nine innovative climate-related projects. Among the recipients, the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) Members secured two grants, demonstrating a strong commitment to tackling climate challenges through collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches and disaster resilience. 

Project 1: COLLAGE 2.0 – Co-designing a Collaboration Platform for Integrating Geo-Techno-Social Knowledge regarding the Local Impacts of the Energy Transition 

This grant, amounting to €30,000, supports the development of COLLAGE 2.0. This project focuses on creating a collaboration platform to integrate geo-techno-social knowledge regarding local impacts of the energy transition. By employing collaborative planning support tools, the project aims to enhance communication and deliberation among stakeholders over renewable energy solutions, including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy sources. The platform will be co-designed with input from a diverse group of energy transition stakeholders from Twente, ensuring it meets the specific needs and contexts of the community. The project team includes researchers Johannes Flacke, Pirouz Nourian, Cheryl de Boer, Léon olde Scholtenhuis, Sikke Jansma, Anne Dijkstra from the ITC, ET, and BMS faculties working together at the Design and Interactive Space for Co-creating (The DISC).  

Project 2: Change the climate – change the dialogue symposium  

The second grant, a €10,000 consolidator grant, will fund a one-day hybrid symposium at the University of Twente. This event aims to foster effective engagement and communication between diverse stakeholders, including media professionals, scientists, communication specialists, engineers, social scientists, students, policy makers, artists, industry representatives, community groups, and citizen scientists. By bringing together these varied perspectives, the symposium seeks to develop holistic geo-techno-social approaches to climate solutions and build new cross-sector and cross-discipline relationships. 


Dr. Cheryl de Boer

The two projects with participants from the CDR, align very well with our vision that collaboration with external stakeholders and building communities is essential to tackling the climate crisis. They fit well with the GeoTechnoSocial approach we are developing for navigating climate challenges. I hope the support from the funding will lead to increased cooperation, stronger partnerships, and more successful projects in the future.

Dr. Cheryl de Boer
Strategic Director UT Climate Centre
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By securing these grants, the CDR is positioned to make significant contributions to the climate resilience discourse, leveraging geo-technological innovations and fostering collaborative efforts across various sectors and disciplines. 

 Find more about the University of Twente’s Climate Centre here.