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Environmental and Infrastructure Planning

The Msc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP) program follows a research agenda at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment.

This research agenda concentrates on the relationships between institutional innovation (improved policy making) and spatial transformation (changing cities and regions). 

As a result, the lecturers in EIP try to:

CLARIFY notions of sustainability, capability, quality of life (wellbeing), adaptiveness, and resilience. EXPLAIN spatial transformation in terms of urban and regional change;

CONCEPTUALIZE these insights for input to the theoretical debate and the empirical understanding of (mainly) Dutch, European and Asian planning practice.

PROPOSE innovative realistic strategies and policy improvement for issues of infrastructure, water, and the environment;

The research questions underpinning EIP are:

how do we establish possibilities for the sustainable development of our cities and regions?how do we integrate roads, water, environment and energy in comprehensive decisions?

Researchers

 

  • Opleidingsvideo

    Master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning (EIP)

    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Eyal Bigal

    Taking part in this programme was a life-changing experience

    I joined the MSc programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning as part of the international Double Degree MSc Water and Coastal Management.

    Taking part in this programme was a life-changing experience; as an Israeli with academic experience in the (very different) field of marine biology, I explored the depths of social sciences for the very first time. Furthermore, I was able to get a great taste of life in one of Europe's best student cities. Looking back, I can say that my year at the University of Groningen was a great leap in terms of my ability to deal with complex systems that have a human component, such as my very own home turf, the marine environment. Such experiences are, in my opinion, the foundation for bridging the cultural and scientific gaps that are most pressing on our common, global agenda.

    Eyal Bigal finished the MSc programme in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in 2016. He is currently working on his PhD at the University of Haifa, Israel. 

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    – Eyal Bigal
  • Testimonial van Ward Rauws

    9 minute lecture on the future of city planning

    – Ward Rauws
  • Testimonial van Fabiana Aguilera Yambay

    The Master's in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to make better decisions from a broader insight

    Our job as planners is to asses and create innovative solutions from a deeper understanding of the problem, taking into account the different stakeholders to reach consensus.

    The Master’s in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to make better decisions from a broader insight, especially when dealing with complex situations and projects. The professionalism of the teaching staff is very high, and it challenged me to always do and give my best. Currently I am working at a Government Ministry, and I am applying all the knowledge I have acquired, putting them into practice by developing sustainable projects, and creating new policies for my country.

     Fabiana Aguilera Yambay obtained her degree of MSc in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning from the University of Groningen in 2015. She is currently working as an urbanist at the Ministry of Housing in her home country, Paraguay.

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    – Fabiana Aguilera Yambay
  • Testimonial van María Constanza Almeida

    My Master's degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning has definitely opened many doors within the working environment of my city

    The Master's in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning is a challenging and motivating program for planners who, like myself, aim to contribute towards creating better places to live in, hence, more habitable and sustainable cities.

    Moreover, it encompasses accurate planning concepts, tools and knowledge to solve the many difficulties our cities experience. I was captivated by the passion by which the professors educate the students, and in the way they develop an increased interest and understanding in different aspects of urban planning. Being a RUG student, I have broadened my knowledge and skills as a planner. In particular, I have realized the importance of holistic bottom-up approaches, involving all the parties linked to a program or project, who stand to be affected either in a positive or negative way. Personally, I have enjoyed my stay in Groningen and I met amazing people. My Master’s degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning has definitely opened many doors within the working environment of my city.

    María Constanza Almeida is currently working as Architect at Ministry of Industry in the region of  Corrientes, Argentina. She obtained her Master’s degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in 2015

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    – María Constanza Almeida
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