New grant: Big Data and Reintegration

4 01 2017

Our Centre for BOLD Cities has been awarded a grant for researching and designing personalised reintegration strategies helping people from unemployment to paid labour, based on the individual capabilities of city residents who are entitled to social benefits. Such personalisation can be developed through anonymised linkage of various data sources, which is already frequently done in other disciplines, such as marketing, medication and political campaigning.

In the project, a prominent role will be played by client councils. In so-called ‘data dialogues’, they will join the conversation on the possibilities and risks of this innovative approach, especially concerning privacy issues.These dialogues are inspired by my work with the UK/ONS and the ESRC in prepation for their administrative data centers (see here: link).

The research project is financed by ZonMw, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. ZonMw invited a number of parties, including the Centre for BOLD Cities, to write a proposal on big data in reintegration, as part of their ‘Vakkundig aan het werk’ programme, which focuses on reintegration and health. The Centre’s proposal has been reviewed by a specialised committee, and was rated as scientifically sound and socially relevant.

For the proposal, titled ‘Reintegration in BOLD Cities’, we assembled a team with researchers from Leiden University (Marike Knoef),  Erasmus MC (Merel Schuring) and the city of Rotterdam (Maarten van der Kooij).

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