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About the Hot Spot

Planning in regards to sustainable urban areas, reducing energy consumption, operational risk management in the finance sector, or adaptive delta management is complex. The decision-makers involved have to deal with a network of stakeholders with different problem perceptions, diverse and often conflicting goals and diverging preferences for solutions across the individual organisational and societal level. Therefore, decision-makers require scientific theories and methods that:

  • acknowledge the complexity of this decision making;
  • help to generate decision-supportive knowledge;
  • translate this knowledge into effective intervention strategies.
  • ID focuses on developing and testing such theories and methods using empirical testing with data from Randomised Controlled Trials, surveys, games and lab and field experiments. The ID researchers come from various disciplinary backgrounds and apply theories and methods to domains such as regional and urban planning, transport, infrastructure, finance, energy and the environment, and healthcare.

What does ID offer?

ID provides methodological and analytical support in the following areas:

  • problem analysis: specifying a joint vision on current problems and future objectives;
  • future analysis: developing (participatory) scenarios to evaluate how a problem will evolve over time;
  • solutions: generating alternative solutions to meet objectives;
  • impact analysis: estimating the impact of alternative solutions;
  • choice: evaluating alternative solutions, given the objectives, and choosing a preferred one;
  • implementation: translating this knowledge into effective intervention strategies.