HZ University of Applied Sciences

HZ is a higher education institute offering a variety of study and research programmes on the themes of tourism, health, mobility, social innovation and economic development. The focus is set on the development of coastal regions related to customers’ hidden needs through pilots bringing together different target groups, inhabitants and visitors. The HZ has a knowledge-programme on mobility, hidden needs and works together with University of Gent in collecting data of user behaviour.

HZ wants to gain insight in social innovation processes to create innovative and sustainable pilots. Being the regional knowledge centre in this area and in particular responsible for the cross analysis of data science, behaviour of travellers, hidden needs and leisure economy, the project will also bring added value to the region and the HZ teachings. The experience and knowledge of other European regions is crucial to develop sustainable solution on mobility in cross over situation.

Role in MOVE: The HZ will act as lead partner and coordinate WP1 (management) and WP2 (communication) as well as be active in WP3 as part of the interregional research and monitoring group, sharing its knowledge on Mobility and hidden needs. With experience in monitoring and supporting social innovation processes in creating innovative and sustainable pilots through co-creation HZ will be active in WP4. HZ will use its experience in transfer and valorisation of business models and crossovers and unlikely-combinations initiatives in WP5.


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