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Staff members with discipline Urban Studies

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.

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Farzaneh’s research is on the interplay between mobility systems and urban forms. She holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Laboratory of Urbanism. Her PhD research, on futures of mobility, sought to identify the levers of change for a transition from car dominance in cities. She is currently working on the role of spatial planning in steering the evolution of smart mobility and its adoption in the future cities.
dr. F. (Farzaneh) Bahrami
Contact
f.bahrami rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Urban Design and Mobility
Field / Discipline
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
The focal point of my research is about 'governance', 'adaptive capacity' and the relation between the two.
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Contact
i.t.j.bousema rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
Adaptive water governance and spatial planning
Flood resilience
River basin management
Institutional analysis
Framing theory, discourse theory
dr. M.A. (Margo) van den Brink
Contact
m.a.van.den.brink rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning
K. (Karina) Castro Arce
Contact
k.castro.arce rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher
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Contact
chen.chen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Political, social and urban history of modern and contemporary Europe
dr. S. (Stefan) Couperus
Contact
s.couperus rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
dr. M.N. (Michiel) Daams
Contact
m.n.daams rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
My research interest includes, but is not limited to:
- Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning
- Policy Integration

- Institutional Design
- Governance
- Public Value Management
- Policy Implementation
M.T. (Marijn) van Geet, MSc
Contact
m.t.van.geet rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher
Integrated transport infrastructure- and areadevelopment, (added) value assessment, consensus
drs. A.M. (Anne Marel) Hilbers
Contact
a.m.hilbers rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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
Social Housing, Landmarkets and Land Policy, Housing Associations, Non-profit Organisaztions and Social Enterprise, Housing the Elderly, Area-based Arrangements for Housing and Care, Neighbourhood Redevelopment, Impact of Induced Earthquakes on the Housing Market
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Contact
g.r.w.de.kam rug.nl
Function
Emeritus Professor of Housing and Landmarkets, with a focus on Housing of the Elderly
Field / Discipline
Lecturer
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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
N. (Naim) Laeni
Contact
n.laeni rug.nl
Function
PhD student
leadership in planning processes
planning theory
post-growth planning
regional and state planning
research-practice interfaces
roles of planners
spatial transformations
dr. C.W. (Christian) Lamker
Contact
c.w.lamker rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Sustainable Transformation and Regional Planning
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
E. (Efstathios) Margaritis, PhD
Contact
e.margaritis rug.nl
+31 50 36 33912
Function
history of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism / international transfer of models / non-western regions.
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Contact
a.m.martin rug.nl
+31 50 36 36093
Function
associate professor
Urban & Rural Inequality, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods
E. (Erik) Meij
Contact
e.meij rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Geography, GIS, Spatial Information
L. (Leon) van der Meulen, MSc
Contact
leon.van.der.meulen rug.nl
Function
Technical GIS Consultant
T.V.Q. (Thai) Nguyen, MSc
Contact
t.v.q.nguyen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Sustainable Mobility : Child-Friendly Spatial Planning, Shared Space, Traffic Safety
Evaluation: Effectiveness of Impact Assessments
dr. F. (Femke) Niekerk
Contact
f.niekerk rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning
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)
The relevance of transition processes and their potentials in fostering and driving innovation at the urban scale is at the core of Emma's research. Her focus is on how system innovation can shift current development pathways towards sustainability. She strongly believes that the interplay between citizens, public and private stakeholders as well as knowledge institutes can have a crucial role in these processes. Also, she thinks that design can play a strong enabling role in innovation processes.

Key words:- Urban Innovation and the related enabling role of Design - Urban Public Service Innovation and Governance- Urban Sustainability Transition - Urban Living Labs- Community Participation in Planning
dr. E. (Emma) Puerari
Contact
e.puerari rug.nl
+31 50 36 38868
Function
Assistant Professor Urban Design and Planning
Adaptive planning
Complexity science & self-organization
Spatial transformation
Peri-urban areas & urban regions
Strategic planning concepts
Spatial visioning & design dialogues
Neighbourhood regeneration
Age-friendly neighbourhoods
Civic initiatives & self-governance
dr. W.S. (Ward) Rauws
Contact
w.s.rauws rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Spatial Planning
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
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
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
My research focuses on the design, implementation, and outcomes of  collaboration in cross-sector governance networks, in particular public-private partnerships in infrastructure development and management . I am also specialized in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

Within this broad theme, my research interests and activities specifically focus on the intersections of the following topics: 
> Complexity Sciences 
> Governance and Networks 
> Infrastructure Planning 
> Infrastructure Project Implementation 
> Project Evaluation 
> Project Management and Organization
> Public-Private Partnerships 
> Qualitative Comparative Analysis
dr. S. (Stefan) Verweij
Contact
s.verweij rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Infrastructure Planning, Governance & Methodology
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
Research: urban and regional development, human geography, environmental governance, institutional design, international planning, evaluation, water and infrastructure development
Teaching: International classroom, tutorials, comparative learning
prof. dr. J. (Johan) Woltjer
Contact
j.woltjer rug.nl
Function
Honorary Professor
prof. dr. C.H. (Claudia) Yamu
Contact
claudia.yamu rug.nl
+31 50 36 34680
Function
Associate Professor with ius promovendi / Director CASUS / Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Field / Discipline
Environmental planning, integrated energy planning, sustainable development, governance renewal, decentralization, (post-)contingency theory, adaptive planning
prof. dr. C. (Christian) Zuidema
Contact
c.zuidema rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Spatial Planning
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