the city deal

research for the city

The City Deal is a new research project in which the UM, Hogeschool Zuyd, the municipality and citizens work together to answer the question: how can we improve the quality of life in neighbhourhoods?

City Deal provides students with a rich learning environment and networking opportunities that could lead to future employment in the Meuse–Rhine Euroregion. It also provides the opportunity for students, teachers and researchers to have a real local impact. The project has been very successful with nearly 400 participating Zuyd and UM students, who have been creating knowledge around improving quality of life on a local level, connecting with the local community and developing interventions of which some will be implemented by the end of this year.

The project, bulletized

  • work with a multidisciplinary team of students and researchers from UM and Zuyd, the municipality and local organisations
  • have a positive impact in a Maastricht neighbourhood
  • collect ECTS while gaining real-life working experience
  • build your network in Maastricht
  • learn about action research
  • be a socially engaged researcher or teacher

frequently asked questions

What is City Deal?
The City Deal is a project in which students, researchers and teachers from Maastricht University (UM) and Zuyd Hogeschool (Zuyd) and the municipality of Maastricht collaborate with the citizens of Maastricht to solve important issues in this city.

Why choose this project?
City Deal provides students with a rich learning environment and networking opportunities that could lead to future employment in the Meuse–Rhine Euroregion. It also provides the opportunity for students, teachers and researchers to have a real local impact. The project has been very successful with nearly 400 participating Zuyd and UM students, who have been creating knowledge around improving quality of life on a local level, connecting with the local community and developing interventions of which some will be implemented by the end of this year. Future participating students, teachers and researchers receive the opportunity to:
⦁ be inspired by and continue the great work that has been done.
⦁ work with a multidisciplinary team of students and researchers from UM and Zuyd;
⦁ work together with the municipality of Maastricht and local organisations;
⦁ have a real impact in a Maastricht neighbourhood: Mariaberg or Randwyck.
⦁ improve quality of life in neighbourhoods by addressing one or more of the following key themes: 1) inclusivity; 2) vitality; 3) sustainability (e.g. climate adaptation and circular economy); and 4) social entrepreneurship.

Who can apply?
Teachers, researchers and course coordinators
Interested teachers and course coordinators who are involved in courses that allow students to work on real-life assignments within the previously mentioned key themes, can contact the project leader: Dr. Michelle van Mulken (michelle.vanmulken@maastrichtuniversity.nl). Researchers are also encouraged to join if their field of research aligns with the project themes.

Students
Students can apply if they are:
⦁ a student looking for an internship or research project for their Bachelor or Master thesis within the previously mentioned themes;
⦁ a 3rd year UCM student. For these students a City Deal MaRBLe project has been created, which you can join; or
⦁ a 3rd year BA Arts and Culture student (FASoS) in need of extra credits.

If you’re interested or would like to receive more information, please send an email to: michelle.vanmulken@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Requirements
For this project, we ask students to meet the following requirements:
⦁ A healthy dose of imagination and creativity and teamwork skills, as you will be working in a large and multidisciplinary team with students, researchers and teachers from UM as well as Zuyd Hogeschool.
⦁ Affinity with or interest in the key themes.
⦁ You are motivated and eager to deliver good work.
⦁ The workload in this project can be unevenly distributed over time. Good communication and time-management skills are therefore essential.

It also helps to have taken courses in qualitative methods (e.g. Ethnography & Qualitative Interviewing) or in visual methods (e.g. Documentary Project), but these are not strictly required. Students who speak Dutch and/or a local dialect are especially encouraged to apply, but those who don’t can also participate in this project.

our partners in this project

contact

If you have any further questions, you can contact Michelle.

Michelle van Mulken, project coordinator
michelle.vanmulken@maastrichtuniversity.nl