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Staff members with discipline Geography

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Economic Geography, Spatial Economics, Regional Science, Social and Spatial Inequalities,  Happiness and Well-being, Migration, Spatial Microsimulation, Geoinformatics
prof. dr. D. (Dimitris) Ballas
Contact
d.ballas rug.nl
Function
Professor of Economic Geography
Agent-based modelling and gamming
Spatial Analysis and modelling
Complex adaptive systems, human-environment interactions
Information and Communication Technology, User-generated content, Crowdsourced data
GIS & Remote Sensing
dr. I. (Ines) Boavida-Portugal
Contact
i.boavida.portugal rug.nl
Function
Especially interested in perception, when spaces becomes places and how such processes are influenced by marketing and branding of cities, regions and countries.
M. (Martin) Boisen, MSc
Contact
m.boisen rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
dr. S.L. (Leonieke) Bolderman
Contact
s.l.bolderman rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Data Consultant RDO (Research Data Office), specialization in technical provisions.

ICT consultant RIS (Research and Innovation Support), advice and facilitating researchers, teachers and students on ICT
ing. V.A. (Vincent) Boxelaar
Contact
v.a.boxelaar rug.nl
+31 50 36 38346
Function
IT & Data Consultant, Domein Research
Economic Geography; (sustainable) entrepreneurship, FDI, ageing in place, vulnerable groups; quality of life and subjective wellbeing;  living environment; digital inclusion, mixed methods.
dr. A.E. (Aleid) Brouwer
Contact
a.e.brouwer rug.nl
+31 50 36 33883
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline

Ecology
Wildlife
Animal Geographies
Multiespecies Studies
Urban Biodiversity
Human-Animal Relationships
Wildlife Conservation
Bats
M.A. (Angelica) Caiza Villegas
Contact
m.a.caiza.villegas rug.nl
Function
Globalization, Economics of agglomeration, Economic Geography, Productivity Analysis, International business
dr. J. (Jacopo) Canello
Contact
j.canello rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
No picture available
Contact
chen.chen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
dr. M.N. (Michiel) Daams
Contact
m.n.daams rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Sustainable development, Energy, Arctic, Canada, Nunavut, place identities
dr. K.I.M. (Kim) van Dam
Contact
k.i.m.van.dam rug.nl
Function
Coordinator
Field / Discipline
Secundary Education, Fieldwork, Quality Assurance in Education, Employability
drs. H.C. (Chris) Diederiks
Contact
h.c.diederiks rug.nl
+31 50 36 33882
Function
Study advisor / Teacher educator (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences) Lecturer / Career Services (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
dr. ir. T. (Terry) van Dijk
Contact
t.van.dijk rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Planning and Design
Field / Discipline
J.R. (Julia) Doornbos
Contact
j.r.doornbos rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Go to https://spatial-panels.com 
for Matlab software of spatial panels and spatial econometric models.

prof. dr. J.P. (Paul) Elhorst
Contact
j.p.elhorst rug.nl
+31 50 36 33893
Function
Professor of Spatial Econometrics
I teach in the MSc Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Campus Fryslan. In my research I focus on the spatial and institutional context of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. I am a member of the SEFORIS research consortium, an EU-funded research project on social entrepreneurship (read more on www.seforis.eu).
dr. E.C. (Emma) Folmer
Contact
e.c.folmer rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor sustainable entrepreneurship
Cultural heritage
dr. P.D. (Peter) Groote
Contact
p.d.groote rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
P. (Paul) Haan, Bsc
Contact
paul.haan rug.nl
+31 50 36 39211
Function
GIS Specialist & Geodata manager
prof. dr. T. (Tialda) Haartsen
Contact
t.haartsen rug.nl
Function
Adjunct Professor of Rural Geography
Field / Discipline
Sexuality education in Uganda; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
dr. B. (Billie) de Haas
Contact
b.de.haas rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Qualitative Research Methods
Cultural Geography
Forced Migration
No picture available
Contact
r.p.huizinga rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Design Methods, Quality Assurance in Education.
prof. dr. ir. P. (Paul) Ike
Contact
p.ike rug.nl
+31 50 36 33512
Function
Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
L.M. (Laura) Kapinga
Contact
l.m.kapinga rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development
Regional Labour Market effects of Automation
dr. S. (Sierdjan) Koster
Contact
sierdjan.koster rug.nl
+31 50 36 34551
Function
Associate Professor in Economic Geography
Development of medieval and early modern land surveying in Western Europe
D.E. (Desiree) Krikken, MA
Contact
d.e.krikken rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
Lecturer
-
Introduction Academic Research
- Methods Academic Research
- Bachelorproject Human Geography and Planning
- Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies (Exchange students)
- Spatial Planning Group Project (Exchange students)
- Real Estate Development (RED)
- PASF Winterschool
- SETS Summerschool

Faculty Alumni Coordinator
Faculty Marketing Officer
B.J. (Jacco) Kuper, MSc
Contact
b.j.kuper rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Field / Discipline
Dr. Sander van Lanen graduated in 2017 from University College Cork, Ireland, after an investigation on the impacts of Irish austerity on disadvantaged urban youth in Dublin and Cork. He is primarily interested in the effects of policy on everyday urban life and the cultural geography of the always evolving urban condition. Since September 2017 he is a lecturer for the BA Human Geography & Planning at the University of Groningen.
S. (Sander) van Lanen
Contact
s.van.lanen rug.nl
+31 50 36 33912
Function
Lecturer Human Geography & Planning
T.A. (Thomas) Lowe, MSc
Contact
t.a.lowe rug.nl
Function
bc. M. (Marcel) Mallow
Contact
m.mallow rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate and Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in i-Conn ITN
Dark tourism;
Nuclear tourism;
Geographies of feelings, emotions, affects and senses; 
Anthropology of tourism;
Anthropology of disaster;
Japan studies.
A. Martini, PhD
Contact
a.martini rug.nl
Function
Urban & Rural Inequality, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods
E. (Erik) Meij
Contact
e.meij rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Themes: place attachment, home-making, well-being, mobility, health literacy
Target groups: older adults, stroke survivors 
Methodology: qualitative research, participatory approach, geographical analyses (GIS)
prof. dr. L.B. (Louise) Meijering
Contact
l.b.meijering rug.nl
+31 50 36 38606
Function
Associate Professor with ius promovendi
Field / Discipline
Physical geography, Landscape, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Soil science, Hydrology, Historical Geography, GIS
dr. ir. E.W. (Erik) Meijles
Contact
e.w.meijles rug.nl
+31 50 36 34182
Function
Assistant professor
Field / Discipline
Geography, GIS, Spatial Information
L. (Leon) van der Meulen, MSc
Contact
leon.van.der.meulen rug.nl
Function
Technical GIS Consultant
Expert in the field of Real Estate Development including financial, legal, spatial and managerial aspects
prof. dr. E.F. (Ed) Nozeman
Contact
e.f.nozeman rug.nl
+31 50 36 33897
Function
Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
Information Literacy
R. (Renny) Oortwijn
Contact
r.oortwijn rug.nl
+31 50 36 37189
Function
Academic Information Specialist
Embodiment, mobilities, technology, biosocial, emotion, methods
dr. T. (Tess) Osborne
Contact
t.osborne rug.nl
Function
Researcher & Lecturer
prof. dr. P.H. (Piet) Pellenbarg
Contact
p.h.pellenbarg rug.nl
Function
Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences). Formally retired at June 1st, 2012
Field / Discipline
dr. M. (Marieke) van der Pers
Contact
m.van.der.pers rug.nl
Function
Researcher Teacher Education
dr. P.A. (Paul) Plazier
Contact
p.a.plazier rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher transport geography
No picture available
Contact
r.h.rijnks rug.nl
Function
PhD. Candidate
- PhD candidate in Cultural Geography, researching digital skills and digitisation mainly in rural areas
- Project researcher in the INTERREG 5B project CORA
C.T. (Christina) Rundel, MSc
Contact
c.t.rundel rug.nl
Function
Rural Development
Community Development
Cultural Geography
Social Exclusion
dr. K. (Koen) Salemink
Contact
k.salemink rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Spatial Planning
Environmental Policy
Well-being
Data analysis
Z. (Zeinab) Sattari Najafabadi, MSc
Contact
z.sattari.najafabadi rug.nl
Function
Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations meer informatie
drs. G. (Govert) Schoof
Contact
g.schoof rug.nl
+31 6 2825 3137
Function
Chief Geodienst
Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Governance of Emerging Technologies
Anticipatory Governance and Foresight
Transformation Studies
dr. K.A. (Karsten) Schulz
Contact
k.a.schulz rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Political Science
Qualitative research; urban ethnography; Geographic Information System (GIS); urbanism; the body; Othering; aesthetic/cultural consumption; taste; cultural capital
R. (Reza) Shaker Ardekani
Contact
r.shaker.ardekani rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Tourism Geography, Sustainable Tourism, Cultural Studies, Qualitative Methods, South Asia
No picture available
Contact
n.s.sharma rug.nl
Function
Economics and space; Real estate and green; Evaluation ecology versus economy; Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
dr. F.J. (Frans) Sijtsma
Contact
Function
Associate Professor Faculty of Spatial Sciences
ir. H. (Harm) Smeenge
Contact
harm.smeenge rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Geography; tourism geographies; tourism planning; border studies; regional development; governance; sense of place; geotourism
dr. H.J.W. (Arie) Stoffelen
Contact
h.j.w.stoffelen rug.nl
+31 50 36 33888
Function
rural and agricultural development; Mansholt chair
prof. dr. D. (Dirk) Strijker
Contact
d.strijker rug.nl
+31 50 36 33726
Function
em. Professor Cultural Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences), Chairholder Mansholtchair for Rural Development
Dementia; social health; older adults; housing; homelessness; mental health; addiction; criminal justice; vulnerable populations; public health; knowledge translation
J.L. Sturge, MSc
Contact
j.l.sturge rug.nl
Function
Residential (Im)mobility; Internal Migration; Population Geography; Housing; Multilevel Modelling
dr. M.J. (Michael) Thomas
Contact
m.j.thomas rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
prof. dr. B.I. (Irene) Tieleman
Contact
b.i.tieleman rug.nl
Function
Professor and Rosalind Franklin fellow
prof. dr. ir. T. (Taede) Tillema
Contact
t.tillema rug.nl
Function
Professor by special appointment in Transport Geography
Overall, my work centers around the ‘social side’ of spatial planning. I am predominantly interested in the role of local level initiatives, social innovation and collective action in creating more resilient and sustainable places. The themes I explore within this context include: community resilience and the relevance of cooperative action in declining (rural) areas, flood resilience and local flood action groups, urban food systems and food policy, and the governance of renewable energy initiatives. In my more recent projects I have critically analyzed the ways in which the concept ‘resilience’ can be translated into spatial planning practice and the ways the concept is influencing the governance of vulnerable places. I am specialized in using qualitative, visual and (inter)active research methods such as (participatory) video, mental mapping and go-along interviews. In my previous research projects I explored young people’s place attachment and influential aspects for well-being of rural youths (problem behavior; gender roles; citizenship) in their everyday context.
dr. E.M. (Elen-Maarja) Trell-Zuidema
Contact
e.m.trell rug.nl
+31 50 36 33885
Function
Assistant Professor Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places
Gwenda van der Vaart (1990) holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning and a Research Master's degree (cum laude) in Regional studies, both obtained from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen (NL). She conducted her PhD research 'Arts & Resilience in a Rural Community' at the Department of Cultural Geography of the same faculty.
dr. G. (Gwenda) van der Vaart
Contact
g.van.der.vaart rug.nl
+31 50 36 35186
Function
Postdoc
Field / Discipline
Keywords to describe research:
social impact assessment and management; social performance; social licence to operate; social sustainability; sense of place; place attachment; community engagement; public participation; corporate social responsibility; human rights impact assessment; social aspects of climate change; social aspects of natural resource management; technology assessment; applied social research; cultural geography (social/human geography); environmental sociology; rural sociology; sociology of food and agriculture

Other matters to note:

Prof Vanclay was awarded the 2014 Individual Award from the International Association for Impact Assessment for his sustained contribution to the theory and practice of social impact assessment.
 
Prof Vanclay has been a visiting professor with: the University of Eastern Finland, 2012; the University of Sao Paulo (San Carlos campus), Brazil,  2012; the University of Southern Queensland, 2016; National Taiwan University, 2017; and the North West A&F University, China, 2017. 

Prof Vanclay
was President of the International Rural Sociology Association from 2000 to 2004. He also has a long affiliation with the International Association for Impact Assessment including sometime member of the Board of Directors, and various Committee Chair appointments 
prof. dr. F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay
Contact
frank.vanclay rug.nl
+31 50 36 38657
Function
Professor of Cultural Geography, Director Urban & Regional Studies Institute
Demography, Economic Geography, Economics
dr. V.A. (Viktor) Venhorst
Contact
v.a.venhorst rug.nl
+31 50 36 38658
Function
Assistant Professor / Director of Education ai
No picture available
Contact
m.f.vincenti.gonzalez umcg.nl
Function
Real Estate Development, Urban Economics, Public Housing
prof. dr. ir. A.J. (Arno) van der Vlist
Contact
a.j.van.der.vlist rug.nl
Function
Full professor
dr. D. (Daniella) Vos
Contact
d.vos rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Spatial Data Analysis
E.C. (Esther) van der Waal, MSc
Contact
e.c.van.der.waal rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
dr. ir. S.G. (Gerd) Weitkamp
Contact
s.g.weitkamp rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
As a researcher, I am Mainly interested in the social and spatial consequences of contemporary socio-economic and institutional developments. My expertise is centered around the following topics and their interaction:

- Housing
- Housing Market Dynamics
- Urban Inequality
- Social / Spatial Justice
- Welfare States
- Urban governance
dr. B.J. (Barend) Wind
Contact
b.j.wind rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
prof. dr. L.J.G. (Leo) van Wissen
Contact
l.j.g.van.wissen rug.nl
Function
Professor Economic Demography
Field / Discipline
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