RECOMS: Innovative training network

RECOMS was a project that provided training to 15 ESRs/doctoral candidates. The training equipped them with innovative, transdisciplinary and transformative strategies designed to promote and facilitate resourceful and resilient community environmental practices.

RECOMS was funded by the European Commission (2018-2022). The project brought together a transdisciplinary consortium of scientists, practitioners and change agents from 11 entities. 

These included universities and government research centres, as well as private and non-profit organisations from Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.

This project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement number 765389.

Innovative solutions and strategies

In response to impending challenges in areas such as mobility, water systems and climate change, the Dutch government shifted its focus to creating novel solutions. This endeavour was a collaborative effort involving several relevant stakeholders. 

A key challenge lay in consolidating different functions into comprehensive climate-adaptive solutions in what is called ‘task-focused working’. These include recreation, water management, nature preservation, culture and mobility.

Developing these solutions and innovations was not an isolated process. Indeed, it involved co-creation with market entities, public agencies, regional authorities and civil society groups. The aim was to experiment with different social design techniques to engage these groups and align various challenges. 

Pilot projects provided fertile ground for this kind of experimentation. They blended elements of social design, holistic landscape design, strategic stakeholder participation and various other forms of market and civic engagement.

Project period

2018 - 2022

European programme

Horizon 2020

Project website

Website RECOMS


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Universiteit Gent, ILVO Belgium, Coventry University, Universität München, University of Helsinki, Universität Wien.