Where are the residents? How to carry out participative HIA for a new neighbourhood

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation-


In Amsterdam, a new neighbourhood will be built on the grounds of a former prison. The ambition is to create a sustainable and health-enhancing living environment for all future residents, linking up to the city’s health priorities to reduce overweight, support an active life style, and prevent loneliness. The project developer AM and researchers and students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences teamed up to carry out an HIA of the project. In our future oriented approach, engaging the residents in the HIA is a key element. What are their needs, priorities feasible and effective solutions that address these? What are indicators to assess whether the needs were effectively addressed? However, resident engagement is a complex challenge in this project as the residents are not yet present in the area. In addition, the future residents will reflect the superdiversity of Amsterdam in terms of generation, socioeconomic position and
(sub)cultural background. The HIA will address these challenges in a multi method approach, applying interviews and focus groups with proxy groups living in similar (new) neighbourhoods, questionnaires sent to all 2000+ potential buyers and renters subscribing for news about the project, observations and workshops with current (temporary) residents and users of the area including refugees and students and carrying out small scale field experiments. In the presentation the HIA plan and its backgrounds will be discussed in-depth.
Period6 May 2019
Event titleInternational Association for Impact Assessment: Annual conference: Evolution or Revolution: Where next for impact assessment?
Event typeConference
Conference number29
LocationBrisbane, AustraliaShow on map