Liveability and neighbourhoods

Improving liveability in neighbourhoods has been an important issue on the agenda of the municipalities and the state for a considerable time. Risbo has built up experience and expertise in this area over the years.
  • For the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations we conducted a case-study investigation into the operation of tipping points in the liveability of neighbourhoods. This is because earlier research, based on the so-called ‘Living barometer’, exposed a number of points in the development of neighbourhoods where there is a so-called ‘reversal’. In 2012 we conducted a study in which, using case studies from seven neighbourhoods in the Netherlands, we obtained more information on the operation of these reversal points. Here Risbo used qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews, literature studies and a desk study.
  • Another example in this area is the study into the causes of the deteriorated liveability in the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Beverwaard, as shown by the Social Index. We carried out research commissioned by the borough of Rotterdam IJsselmonde, into the causes of this decline. To this end we conducted in-depth interviews with policy employees, neighbourhood residents, police, community workers and other involved parties in the neighbourhood. A quantitative reanalysis of the Social Index was also conducted. We also joined the Projectgroep Integratiedebatten (integration debates) IJsselmonde-Beverwaard to contribute to an improvement in the neighbourhood’s liveability.
  • Risbo staff were previously involved in the study, ‘Social Recovery in Amsterdam and Rotterdam’ in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences for the Scientific council for government Policy (WRR). Here we considered the question as to whether and how underprivileged neighbourhoods could break out of the problem spiral.


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