Management in the Built Environment

Key projects

Supply Chain Monitor

Rhe Supply Chain Monitor, is an online system that compares similarities and differences between supply chain projects in industry so as to identify the effectiveness of each approach and the precise effects of supply chain integration. By the end of 2012 fourteen different projects had been registered and analysed in this system.

Despite but also probably due to the current financial conditions, the Dutch building sector is currently investing in the development of supply chains, through which significant increases in efficiency can be achieved.

The project stream called ‘Koplopers / ketenmonitor’ brings together the Dutch market leaders in this area and facilitates knowledge exchange between them and mutual reinforcement in their explorations and activities. One of the main instruments for doing so is the Supply Chain Monitor.

Bouwend Nederland, Aedes and consortium of 11 large contractors and housing assoc.
Grant: € 400.000
Role: initiator, partner, coordinator
Principal Researcher: Hans Wamelink, Ruben Vrijhoef, Jelle Koolwijk
Duration: 2011 – present

New life in high-vacancy areas (Nieuw leven in leegstandsgebieden)

This study concerns the transformation of governmental real estate within the management of the governmental real estate portfolio and the impact of vacancy and transformation on urban areas. The result is twofold:

  • a comprehensive map of government real estate in relation to office vacancy in The Netherlands;
  • a pilot study of the management of four government buildings (as representative of other vacant or soon-to-become vacant buildings) based on an area Development perspective.

Dutch Goverment Buildings Agency
Budget: € 100.000
Role: researcher, coordinator
Principal Researchers: Hans de Jonge, Hilde Remøy
Duration: 2011 – 2013

Higher education real-estate management

This project stream integrates a wide spectrum of questions concerning portfolio, asset and property management in Dutch organizations of higher education.

Starting with the particular problems of each organization, this project works towards the correlation of different levels and aspects in the framework of models and approaches developed in our fundamental research.

In addition to direct solutions to particular problems, the project assists organizations of higher education to develop an overall approach to their real-estate activities, with a focus on the issue of added value and decision support.

Agentschap NL & Dutch assoc. of University Campus directors
Grant: € 210.000
Role: coordinator
Principal Researcher: Alexandra den Heijer, Hans de Jonge, Monique Arkesteijn
Duration: 2010 – present

Urban Area Development

The general aim of Urban Area Development, a stream of research projects funded through SKG, is to improve the role and competences of public and private actors in urban development, with specific attention to:

  • improvements in supporting laws and regulations;
  • devising strategies for integrated development;
  • translating changes in the economy to new valuecreating opportunities and business models in Dutch urban development practice.

SKG Foundation
Grant: € 900.000
Role: initiator, partner, coordinator
Principal Researchers: Friso de Zeeuw, Agnes Franzen
Duration: 2006-present


Future Value Chains of Architectural Services

This project aspires to outline new roles of architects and to develop governance models for architectural services in the value networks between architectural firms, their clients and other stakeholders. The project finances one PhD position at IMBE and another at the Radboud University Nijmegen, our major partner in FuturA.

FuturA is one of the only two successful proposals by a school of architecture at the latest call for the creative industries by NWO, The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (the Dutch national research council).

NWO-Creative Industry
Grant: € 443.778
Role: main applicant
Principal Researchers: Hans Wamelink, Leentje Volker
Duration: 2013 - 2017


Urban Knowledge Asia Network

An inclusive network that brings together concerned scholars and practitioners engaged in collaborative research on cities in Asia and consisting of over 100 researchers from 13 institutes in Europe, China, India and the United States, the UKNA represents the largest academic international network on Asian cities. It is funded by a grant awarded by the Marie Curie Actions 'International Research Staff Exchange Scheme' (IRSES) of the European Union. The UKNA Objective is to nurture knowledge on Asian cities. This will be achieved via research staff exchanges and targeted case study based research, pursuing three avenues of inquiry: ideas of the city, cities by and for the people, and future of cities.

Urban Knowledge Asia Network (UKNA)
Grant: € 1.204.000 (total)
Role: secondment partner
Principal Researchers: Yawei Chen, Erwin Heurkens, Tom Daamen
Duration: 2012-2016

Research programme

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Participating departments

Management in the Built Environment