Neimed is an independent socio-economic Knowledge Institute and a joint venture of the Open University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht University. Neimed is a knowledge hub focused on knowledge development and knowledge sharing on socio-economic issues in Limburg.

By bundling the forces of almost the entire higher education and research field in Limburg, Neimed sees the opportunities and challenges of Limburg from a multidisciplinary perspective. Thinking and researching out-of-the-box provides insight into socio-economic dynamics: "we learn because we investigate what we do while we do it."

Knowledge Institute to enhance

socio-economic resilience of Limburg

in a demographic transition


Innovative approach

The population is no longer increasing in a number of regions in the Netherlands, including the province of Limburg. Moreover, the composition of the population in those same regions is changing drastically. Fewer young people, less labor force and more elderly people. This is accompanied by fundamental changes with regard to economic dynamics, the labor market, public administration and the way in which we redefine that in society. These developments require a new and innovative approach.

Ideas factory and platform

The objective of Neimed is to make a structural, binding contribution to the social and scientific debate on socio-economic issues. Neimed develops education, research, valorization and dissemination activities:

  • Neimed as a knowledge institute: Bundling existing knowledge, information and experience as well as developing new knowledge and insights based on research
  • Neimed as a disseminator: Disseminating existing and new knowledge
  • Neimed as an idea factory: Formulating new scenarios of approach and intervention
  • Neimed as a network and platform: Promoting the social debate about the quality of shrinking societies

Chair │ Research groups │Scientific reflection group │ ITEM │ Gebrookerbos │ City lab

Neimed works from the context and perspective of a resilient Limburg that is based on opportunities and possibilities, given its unique context, background and history. Neimed fulfills this role through various programs and projects, including the chair of 'Demographic transition, human capital and employment', the 'Employability' and 'Demographic transition' research groups and through participation in Gebrookerbos, Stadslab Heerlen, ITEM expertise center and in the national Scientific Reflection Group Population decline.

Neimed will focus in the coming years on the themes: "Randland Limburg", "The de-growing city and region", Labor market and Employability, "Border-lowering cooperation" and "Social innovation".