“The 21st century has already been named the century of cities or the "urban age". Cities are the powerhouses of economic growth, innovation and employment opportunities and with the growing trend of urbanization the importance of cities is even increasing further. Cities attract people, capital, creativity, they are places of diversification and concentration of social change. New ideas, scientific, technological and creative development and innovation flourish in an urban environment.
Willem Foorthuis is lector for Sustainable Cooperative Entrepreneurship. This lectorate is housed at Hanze University Groningen and is linked to the research group Sustainable Financial Management. Professor Willem Foorthuis will encourage practical research into cooperative entrepreneurial and (young) researchers guide and support during their research.
"I want us to get together more insight into regional cooperative chains. For example: food chains, as well as healthcare and energy chains. And the bio-based economy is indeed not even imagine without chains and cycles. But the co-operative model as such requires new and reliable ranges: between the various partner organizations, the people involved, and the shareholders in the region. "
What will happen at the lectorate?
The research group will contribute to the development of corporate social responsibility, social, sustainable and regionally rooted enterprise with new responsibilities and opportunities for regional shareholders. We will find out how you can achieve financial and social returns. We also want to develop financing and business models.
Willem Foorthuis was also lector Regional Transition / Regional Development and Innovation at Van Hall Laren University. He has worked at the Keuning Institute in Groningen as director, an institution that specializes in spatial and cultural transformation processes in the Netherlands and abroad. From his position as president of the EU Werkstatt Bremen Foorthuis is connected to a large number of EU INTERREG projects in Europe. Foorthuis recently has been named as honorable professor Transition Management at the Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming, China.