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    “Amsterdam By Train: An Exploratory Study of Ex-panding International Long Distance Passenger Rail from Amsterdam”
    (2024) McCarthy, Jon
    International, long-distance passenger rail in Europe underperforms in terms of passengers carried. Given the climate crisis, a network of long-distance services would be an important element in reducing transport sector emissions, by giving travellers a viable alternative to flights. Journeys in the 300-850km range are identified as the key market sector to target for introducing new international services in order to generate air-to-rail modal shift in traveller behaviour of an environmentally useful magnitude. However, delivering this increase in services involves overcoming many barriers. This research attempts to understand the barriers and examine solutions for overcoming them. Not having the resources to examine the barriers for all potential routes in Europe, the research focuses on the situation for Amsterdam, a major city in a country with the geographical, infrastructural and economic characteristics to enable an expansive network of long-distance international rail routes, but which currently only sees services on four routes. Interviews with representatives from stakeholder organisations were undertaken to gain deeper insights into the nature of the barriers and how to overcome them. An expanded network of routes from Amsterdam is proposed, and recommendations are presented that address the most important barriers to overcome in order to realise this network.
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    Trapped between lines – Terra incognita of alternative border visualizations: in search for a new cartographic language
    (2024-04-30) Soeteman, Coen
    This master's thesis explores alternative cartographic representations of borders beyond traditional line-based depictions. Inspired by previous work on diverse cartographic visualizations, the study focuses specifically on reimagining border representations. It acknowledges the significance of borders as not just imaginary lines but as real and influential constructs in society. Through qualitative research using (visual) grounded theory, alternative maps are analyzed to uncover a more inclusive and diverse visual language for borders. The research reveals the multidimensionality of alternative border visualizations, considering diverse perspectives, border experiences, and cartographic practices. It emphasizes the need to move beyond one-dimensional representations towards a more nuanced and dynamic understanding of borders. The findings propose a new visual language for alternative borders, highlighting humanity, connectivity, and mobility. The study concludes that borders are plural and dynamic, requiring representations that capture their complexity. It suggests further research to explore alternative border visualizations from additional perspectives, contributing to the evolving cartographic language of borders.
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    A Penny for our Thoughts; the influence of military identity and military culture on cultural interoperability
    (2024-05-15) Reinders, Stef
    This master thesis explores the influence of military identity and military culture on cultural interoperability during multinational deployments. The focus of the research lies on the experiences of Dutch officers during their Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) deployment in Lithuania. The main research question is: “How does military culture and military identity influence the cultural interoperability according to Dutch officers during their Enhanced Forward Presence deployment (2017-2021) in Lithuania?”. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were held with 17 respondents who have been deployed to Lithuania or were deployed at the time of the interview. The grounded theory approach was used for analysing the interviews. The data gathered suggests that military identity and military culture do influence cultural interoperability. Three military identity categories were found: more Dutch oriented, more military oriented, and a mix of both. The Dutch oriented and mixed identity groups seem to be the most affected by military cultural differences on their deployment in Lithuania to the point it actively hinders cooperation. The military oriented identity group seems less affected by these differences in their perception of the other, yet does seem affected by it in terms of their perception of effectivity.
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    "Communicating about heat stress Analysing the heatplan of the municipality of Utrecht"
    (2024-05-01) Janssen, Eefje
    Climate change is resulting in extreme weather events that are causing problems in the liveability of the city. These issues moreover affect human health. Therefore, is climate adaptation necessary, resulting in policies that include instruments and measures to reduce the impact of climate change. Heat stress is challenging to include in policies in the Netherlands. The inability to measure actions to prevent heat stress has led to vague and complex policies. However, new policies are being developed with measurements of cooling spaces and places. This research analyses the effectiveness of the heat plan of the municipality of Utrecht, which communicates heat stress measures citizens can take during extreme heat events. This is done with a framework applied to this specific case and qualitative and quantitative research. Qualitative research is conducted through expert interviews, and quantitative research is carried out by conducting a survey. Keywords: climate change, heat stress, Utrecht, heatplan
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    Governance factors for co-creation of innovative green solutions: case study of station area development of Nijmegen
    (2024-04-10) Franke, Eva
    The urgency of addressing environmental issues necessitates a green transition, often hindered by traditional top-down governance. Effective management requires co-creation and collaborative governance of local green initiatives. This research examines the factors driving the successful co-creation of local green solutions, focusing on the Rijk van Nijmegen Initiative (RvN@), which promotes innovative growth in the Nijmegen region through collaborative efforts among government, local businesses, and students. The research identifies sixteen governance factors, categorized as structural, strategic, and tactical. Structural factors include social, economic, and political frameworks; strategic factors involve internal organizational agendas; and tactical factors pertain to the co-creative process. The study employs a qualitative research strategy, utilizing semi-structured interviews, observation, and surveys, focusing on the Station Area Development Nijmegen. Key findings highlight that structural governance factors, such as public governance paradigms and institutional channels for citizen participation, are crucial for collaboration. Other significant factors include legislation, formal goals, multi-actor collaboration narratives, authority support, interdependence clarification, and facilitative leadership. The research underscores the importance of these factors in driving the co-creation of innovative green solutions in Nijmegen's station area development.

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