Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Urban Management

Nazli Cila finalist bij de Research Award op 1 december

Cila ontwikkelde een app voor project Kijk! Een gezonde Wijk binnen fieldlab Nieuw-West

24 nov 2015 16:35 | Urban Management

English version below - Onderzoeker Nazli Cila neemt deel aan de finale van de Research Award Op 1 december. Zij doet onderzoek voor het project Kijk! Een gezonde Wijk binnen fieldlab Nieuw-West. Cila ontwikkelde een app voor de smartphone waarmee bewoners de gezondheid van hun eigen buurt kunnen monitoren. Bij de ontwikkeling heeft ze de bewoners veelal betrokken door middel van SIM sessies. Tijdens haar presentatie op de finale avond legt ze uit hoe ze dat heeft gedaan.

Meer informatie over de Research Award

Dr. Nazli Cila is a researcher at the DMCI Digital Life Centre. She participates in the finals of the Research Award on 1. December. She says: "Slotermeer is a neighborhood in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, which faces considerable health challenges. The population of this neighborhood has a relatively low socio-economic status and a large proportion of the residents have an immigrant background. The self-reported health status of residents is relatively low as compared to other city districts, as well as satisfaction about the neighborhood. Important health problems in Slotermeer include overweight, diabetes mellitus type 2, depression, loneliness, and anxiety disorders. The physical and social living environment is considered to have a partial yet important effect on these problems."

"Recently local authorities strive towards better inclusion of resident views, needs and concerns in policies and interventions. There is increasing evidence in public health domain indicating that expert assessments can miss significant contextual information about the neighborhoods. Citizens have the intimate knowledge about patterns and problems in their communities and enabling them to share these is valuable for community well being. In the project Kijk! Een gezonde wijk, we aim to support Slotermeer residents to voice the aspects that they find important in relation to their health and wellbeing, and eventually, improve the wellbeing of the residents of Slotermeer by giving them an active role in monitoring their neighborhood."

Project setting and objectives:

The project is composed of two main parts. The first part has to do with revealing what health and wellbeing mean for the residents and with which indicators to measure these (HvA DBSV and RIVM are responsible for this part). The second part consists of the development of tools to collect data from the Slotermeer residents about these indicators. The part we are responsible of at DMCI is developing a participatory neighborhood audit tool in the form of a mobile application and an open data platform.

Here, we seek to explore how interactive systems can facilitate continuous geo-referenced input from citizens about their everyday life, create maps of neighborhood features and community resources, and feed these back into the physical and social experience in the neighborhood.  

Through our app and data platform, we aim to make the residents of Slotermeer more active participants of their neighborhood. We intend that using the app will affect positive societal change, especially with regards to increased health literacy and feeling more connected to the neighborhood. Second, we aim that the data collected through this app will provide professionals with access to richer, finer-grain data sets for neighborhood modeling and analysis. Lastly, we aim to investigate if it is feasible to use an app as a tool for citizen science and stimulate grassroots participation in government and policy making.       

Kijk een Gezonde Wijk is een project binnen fieldlab Nieuw-West en speerpunt Urban Management.

Urban Management 

De HvA draagt bij aan het oplossen van grootstedelijke vraagstukken door haar onderwijs en onderzoek af te stemmen op wat er speelt in de metropoolregio Amsterdam. De Domeinen Economie en Management, Maatschappij en Recht, en Techniek bundelen hun kennis specifiek in het speerpunt Urban Management van de HvA.

Urban Management staat voor de multidisciplinaire aanpak van grootstedelijke vraagstukken. De programmering en uitvoering van het onderzoek vindt plaats in fieldlabs: geografische gebieden waarbinnen met stakeholders langlopende afspraken zijn gemaakt over een onderzoeks- en innovatieagenda. 

Lees hier meer over het project Kijk! Een gezonde wijk en Urban Management