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Climate Adapation (BFftF)

The research group is aimed at the multi-annual program Resilient Deltas. In this program we explore the nature of resilience in relation with multiple interrelated systems in delta areas, design instruments to longitudinal monitor community resilience and its effects, and develop smart solutions to limit the vulnerability and increase the adaptive capacity of communities in delta areas. 

Water safety and spatial planning are core elements in our approach, but our research also includes elements of critical infrastructure, social capital, economic development, and governance. By understanding the interrelations of these systems we aim – in collaboration with a diversity of organizations – to develop knowledge and create capabilities to enhance the resilience of delta societies. One of the specific applications is the ‘water sensitive area development approach’. The research program offers several opportunities for students with interest in above topics. An overview of the assignments for next semester are published below. We are also open to students with relevant ideas in relation to above themes.


Topics and projects


You learn about and contribute to

        • Co-producing safety (self-reliance and professionals) (survey and workshops)
        • Critical infrastructure and resilience in Reimerswaal
        • Water sensitive area development in the Waterpoort region
        • Resilient areas and Resilient societies: multilayered safety
        • Develop skills like change making and research capacity in a practically-orientated research project

Learn more about Water Safety and Spatial Planning projects

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    1. You improve the challenge based on a professional and proactive attitude.
    2.  You view and understand the challenge from different perspectives.
    3.  You design, execute, monitor, interpret and/or validate the professional product systematically.
    4.  You propose a desirable follow-up and critically evaluate the professional product (result) and the associated development process.
    5.  You share and record the results in a structured manner and, based on your results, you potentially contribute to enriching existing knowledge.
    6.  Project related goal (specified by or with help of work field).

Aanvullende informatie


English. Depending on the project Dutch is possible as well.


HZ (Vlissingen, Middelburg) and / or at location in the work field, depending on the project.

Becoming Fit for the Future

You will work on and gain experience in a real project. Stakeholders and experts from the work field are looking forward to collaborate with you and to find solutions to the challenges they currently encounter. Your contribution will be of direct use to them, and future minor participants will build on your work. 

By working on these projects you will learn to develop a project plan and experience how to execute this with your team. You will also learn from other teams by assessing their plans and results. In other words, you will further develop your professional skills and research capacity. Coaches and researchers will train and support you to achieving these. Read more about why not to miss this opportunity!


Technical domain 
          • Architecture
          • Civil Engineering
          • Chemistry
          • Engineering
          • HBO-ICT
          • Logistics Engineering
          • Water Management
  Economics & Management domain  
          • Business & Management
          • Communication
          • Finance & Control
          • Marketing & Economics
Social & Societal domain
          • Pedagogy
          • Primary school teacher
          • Social Work

Entry requirements: you are in study year 3 or 4 and you have achieved your propedeuse


Type: individual, oral Final Assessment about the participant's digital portfolio
Content: Portfolio consisting of evidence for the six learning goals (Professional Products and a Progress & Reflections report)
Minimum grade: 5.5 out of 10 points
Planning: semester 1: 18 until 29 January 2021 |  semester 2: yet to be defined. Inspection: same date as Final Assessment. Re-exam: 2 weeks after Final Assessment.
More information: Final Assessment


Contact moments in general: kick-off (week 1), four workshops about research, workshops about relevant and specific topics (optional), poster presentation (end of the minor), final assessment (last week(s))
Contact moments specific for Water Safety and Spatial Planning.
Work forms: (guest) lectures, excursions, group discussions, expert consultation, workshops