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Case studies

The research that is united in the Liveable Planet programme, touches upon a wide range of aspects of human life. The goal is to deepen and expand the scope and to connect more researchers. The following case studies are examples of current research projects.

(Bio-)diversity for sustainability

The gendered impacts of industrial logging

The project ‘Women at the Cutting Edge’ looks at the differentiated impacts of the timber industry on women and men and on the relationships between them. Using an ethnographic approach, the project documents both objective and subjective aspects of well-being.

Anticipating a changing world

Just energy transition

This study looks into the participation processes in the energy transition, to understand their effectiveness and legitimacy. The researchers also design new participatory processes to support learning processes amongst actors.

Living labs and citizen science

Living Lab Vrouwe Vennepolder

Living Lab Vrouwe Vennepolder
The 'Living Lab' is a ten-year project that hopes to improve the biodiversity and landscape quality of the Vrouwe Vennepolder, an agricultural polder in Oud Ade. At the same time, we want to provide sustainable alternatives for current agricultural activities, accompanied by a transferable revenue model and strengthen the urban-rural relationship.

Nature and human interactions

A Deep History of Human Landscape Manipulation 

An archaeological study that investigates the roles of prehistoric foragers in past ecosystems to establish the character of past 'natural' landscapes and enhance the management of current ones. 

The Evolution of Human Diet, Health and Life Style 

Research into the evolutionary backgrounds of our diets to help us make the right choices in life style and the way we produce food.

Fires, Food and the Evolution of Human Detoxification Capabilities 

Research shows that present-day humans are biologically poorly equipped to deal with the toxins from fire. The results are startling given the 'pyrophilic' nature of Homo sapiens. This study hopes to provide an evolutionary perspective on current day health problems, also in the developing world. 

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