Delft University of Technology


Delft University of Technology
OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies
Contributor to WP 4, 5 and 6
Jaffalaan 9 2628BX Delft, Netherlands
tel.: +31 15 27 891 11

Contact person:

Dominic Stead
tel.:+31 15 278 71 16, +31 15 278 25 40
fax: +31 15 278 44 22

The Research Institute for Housing, Mobility and Urban Studies (OTB) is an interfaculty research institute within Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a university that is synonymo­us with cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching. Delft University of Technology is the largest university of engineering and sciences in the Netherlands, with some 13,000 students and an academic staff of 2,100 (of which 200 are professors). OTB employs some 120 staff, of which 88 are research staff and 5 are professors. Over half of all OTB’s research staff are graduates and more than one third have a doctorate.

OTB specializes in research and consultancy concerning planning, housing, transport and the built environment. The institute consists of seven research sections: Urban and Regional Development; Transport and Infrastructure; Sustainable Housing Management and Quality Assurance; Urban Renewal and Housing; Housing Systems; Methodology and Informatics; Geo Information and Land Development and GIS Technology. The research carried out within OTB is multidisciplinary and problem-oriented (strategic and applied research), and is primarily concerned with policy issues related to the built environment.

Members of staff from OTB’s Urban and Regional Development research section will mainly be involved in this project. The focus of this research section is spatial development analysis and spatial governance. It has substantial experience of international collaborative research, including projects funded by INTERREG IIC and IIIB, the European Commission Framework programmes, ESPON and INTERACT, as well as nationally and locally funded research. Members of staff belong to various research networks such as AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning), ENHR (European Network for Housing Research), ERSA (European Regional Science Association), IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies), ISA (International Sociological Association) and NECTAR (Network for Communications and Transport Activities Research).

OTB will be involved in various work packages in this project. In WP1, they will be involved in reviewing and identifying typologies of urban form (urban structure) and in identifying and developing future scenarios. In WP3, they will be involved in developing a framework for impact assessment and identifying potential policy instruments/tools to promote more sustainable development structures. In WP4, they will play a key role in assessing policy instruments/tools according to the scenarios, identifying the key roles and responsibilities for policy implementation, developing understanding about policy effectiveness and acceptability and drafting a policy transferability guide.