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KIN's first work programme: ACT - Accelerating Just Climate Transitions in Urban Regions

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our society. The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible, even in the Netherlands. This work programme aims to accelerate just climate transitions in various neighbourhoods across the Netherlands.

Approach and methodology

Over the next 3 years, researchers and local stakeholders, including residents, housing associations, officials, local entrepreneurs, and sustainability professionals, will join forces. In various neighbourhoods in Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, and South Limburg, local action trajectories and agendas will be developed, and collaboration facilitated to address previously disjointed efforts. Additionally, the work programme will deliver a generic approach with tools (training programmes, handbooks) to achieve just, climate-neutral, and climate-resilient neighbourhood transitions through co-design processes.


Results from the work programme will be publicly shared as they become available.

At present, we are working on a central platform where we can disseminate these results.

The involved parties

The logos of the partners are displayed below.

News updates on the work programme

Press release: Innovative research in the Dutch Climate Research Initiative’s inaugural programme promises to accelerate system transitions.

The Dutch Climate Research Initiative (KIN), established by NWO and KNAW, has initiated its first work programme aimed at accelerating climate transitions in urban neighbourhoods. The programme diverges from the conventional approach in the Netherlands by eschewing competition in favour of a more inclusive and collaborative approach to research and innovation. This approach is novel and aligns with the urgency of initiating climate transitions.

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The members of the Strategy and Advisory Board have been announced

On Friday, March 1st, 2024, the first meeting of the Pact Strategy and Advisory Board took place! Six out of the nine members physically convened for a full-day Pressure Cooker Prioritization Session in Utrecht. The members of the SAR represent (partially) various societal perspectives in climate transitions, including psychology, the financial sector, water management, policy, and energy transition.

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KIN Pact officially launched on April 18th

With a festive launch event at the Museon-Omniversum in The Hague, the Climate Research Initiative Netherlands (KIN) Pact officially went live on Thursday, April 18th. This means that societal organizations, governments, businesses, and knowledge institutions can now join the transdisciplinary network committed to accelerating system transitions.

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For inquiries about the work programme from KIN, please email Marije van der Kamp at

Press kit

In the press kit, you will find:

  • Press photos of Michiel van den Hout, CEO
  • Press photos of Gerard van der Steenhoven, Steering Committee Chair
  • Logos and branding materials
  • General imagery, such as regarding ‘connection’ and photos from the Pact launch
  • General information about KIN in the form of one-pagers and pitches

Public Summary

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our society. The consequences of climate change are increasingly visible, also in the Netherlands. This work program aims to support the acceleration of just climate transitions in neighborhoods in the Netherlands. We do so by developing local action pathways and agendas through collaboration between previously disconnected stakeholders: including residents, housing corporations, civil servants, local business professionals, and sustainability professionals. We provide a solid stepping stone for initiating and facilitating just climate transitions at the neighborhood level and for future KIN activities.