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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.

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Complex networks | Machine learning | Innovation policy | Geography of Innovation | Geography of Sustainability Transitions 

I have been conducting research on combining the notions of technological change, the evolution of knowledge networks and...
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M. (Milad) Abbasiharofteh, PhD
Contact
m.abbasiharofteh rug.nl
+31 50 36 37053
Function
Assistant Professor
Economic Geography, Spatial Economics, Regional Science, Social and Spatial Inequalities,  Happiness and Well-being, Migration, Spatial Microsimulation, Geoinformatics
D. (Dimitris) Ballas, Prof
Contact
d.ballas rug.nl
Function
Professor of Economic Geography
Organizational Psychology, Social Dynamics, Labor Markets
F. (Franziska) Bay, MSc
Contact
f.bay rug.nl
+31 50 36 33732 1
Function
PhD student
Economics of Happiness; Geography of Discontent; Spatial Economics
No picture available
Contact
m.bieleman rug.nl
Function
Junior Reseacher
Especially interested in perception, when spaces becomes places and how such processes are influenced by the strategy and governance of the marketing and branding of cities, regions and countries.In addition, interested in every aspect of the historical... read more
M. (Martin) Boisen, MSc
Contact
m.boisen rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
dr. S.L. (Leonieke) Bolderman
Contact
s.l.bolderman rug.nl
+31 50 36 33413
Function
Field / Discipline
Economic Geography; Broader Wellfare, (sustainable) entrepreneurship, regional development and resilience, ageing in place, vulnerable groups; quality of life and subjective wellbeing;  living environment; digital inclusion, mixed methods.
prof. dr. A.E. (Aleid) Brouwer
Contact
a.e.brouwer rug.nl
+31 6 2296 9961
Function
Professor by special appointment
Field / Discipline
Globalization, Economics of agglomeration, Economic Geography, Productivity Analysis, International business
J. (Jacopo) Canello, PhD
Contact
j.canello rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
As a Content and Data Management Specialist in the Marketing & Recruitment and International Relations team, my role involves providing prospective students with in-depth information about our programmes at Campus Fryslân. Additionally, I oversee the... read more
E. (Erika) Compatangelo, MSc
Contact
e.compatangelo rug.nl
Function
Content and Data Management Specialist
Field / Discipline
Dr. Arjan Conijn has an interest in the interaction of people and water. He mainly studies this interaction from a landscape perspective he developed during his interdisciplinary studies Landscape Architecture (BSc at Wageningen University) and Landscape... read more
dr. A.M. (Arjan) Conijn
Contact
a.m.conijn rug.nl
Function
Postdoc researcher Living dikes
Field / Discipline
The Economic Geography of Real Estate Markets
dr. M.N. (Michiel) Daams
Contact
m.n.daams rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor and Director
Sustainable development, Energy, Arctic, Canada, Nunavut, place identities
dr. K.I.M. (Kim) van Dam
Contact
k.i.m.van.dam rug.nl
Function
Researcher
Field / Discipline
Geographical Information Systems (GIS), cartography and digital mapping, Information management for Humanitarian aid, Organisation and Team Support
Q.N. (Quinten) Dengerink, MSc
Contact
q.n.dengerink rug.nl
Function
Coordinator GIS Support Desk
Student Exchange, Double Degrees Programmes, Secundary Education, Fieldwork, Quality Assurance in Education, Employability
drs. H.C. (Chris) Diederiks
Contact
h.c.diederiks rug.nl
+31 6 3198 4811
Function
International Office at Faculty of Spatial Sciences, You can make an appointment via calendly.com/h-c-diederiks
My research is about how groups of people share their dreams and ideas with the prospect of collaborating in making places that work. Who talks with whom about what at what moment in what way? These questions determine whether they succeed in forging a... lees meer
dr. ir. T. (Terry) van Dijk
Contact
t.van.dijk rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Planning and Design
Everyday places and experiences of in- and exclusion; senses of belonging; memory work; postcolonialism; diaspora and forced migration. Aside from these themes, I am interested in ethics, reflexivity, positionality and participatory/decolonizing... read more
dr. J.R. (Julia) Doornbos
Contact
j.r.doornbos rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Field / Discipline
Subjective Wellbeing, Ageing, Qualitative research, In-depth interviewing, Participatory research
L.E. (Linden) Douma, MSc
Contact
l.e.douma rug.nl
+31 50 36 36602
Function
PhD researcher
Field / Discipline
Go to https://spatial-panels.com/?page_id=2 for Matlab software of spatial panels and spatial econometric model.
July 5, 2023: Jean Paelinck Award for Distinguished Sustained Scholarship in Regional Science Methods pdf with motivation
prof. dr. J.P. (Paul) Elhorst
Contact
j.p.elhorst rug.nl
+31 50 36 33893 ,063 1986 704
Function
Professor of Spatial Econometrics
How can entrepreneurs and business contribute to solving complex social problems? The answer to this question becomes more pressing in a world where existing solutions are not delivering enough impact. Traditionally, we have looked at governments,... read more
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
+31 50 000 0000
Function
Associate Professor
Rural Geography
prof. dr. T. (Tialda) Haartsen
Contact
t.haartsen rug.nl
Function
Professor of Rural Geography
Field / Discipline
Sexuality education; reproductive autonomy and decision-making, sexual and reproductive health and rights; qualitative research; Uganda
dr. B. (Billie) de Haas
Contact
b.de.haas rug.nl
+31 6 3198 3231
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Qualitative Methods
Anthropology
Social Impact Assessment
Environment, Social and Governance
International Development
Ethnography
Indigenous Ethnology
Project Management
P. (Philippe) Hanna de Almeida Oliveira, PhD
Contact
p.hanna rug.nl
+31 6 3198 5250
Function
Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning and Impact Assessment
Ecological and environmental economics
Agricultural economics
Economics and policy
Rural development
Nature inclusivity
prof. dr. ir. C.M. (Martijn) van der Heide
Contact
c.m.van.der.heide rug.nl
Function
Professor by Special Appointment in Nature-inclusive Rural Development
Sustainability, Place-based development, Climate change and adaptation, Socio-Spatial Planning and Spatial Transformation, (Inter-)subjective aspects of planning, Citizen initiatives and resourceful communities, Sense of Place, Values, Leadership,... read more
prof. dr. L.G. (Ina) Horlings
Contact
l.g.horlings rug.nl
Function
Full Prof. Dr. Socio-Spatial Planning
A.N. (Anton) Houtenbos, MSc
Contact
a.n.houtenbos rug.nl
Function
Cultural Geography, qualitative research, participatory and visual methodologies, inclusion and exclusion, youth, older adults, disability and impairment, wellbeing, urban context, science-meets-arts
dr. B. (Bettina) van Hoven
Contact
b.van.hoven rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Cultural Geography
R.A. (Ruth) Howison, PhD
Contact
r.a.howison-fraser rug.nl
Function
Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Design Methods, Quality Assurance in Education.
prof. dr. ir. P. (Paul) Ike
Contact
p.ike rug.nl
+31 50 36 33895
Function
Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Angelo Jonas Imperiale focusses on the resilience and wellbeing of local communities living in vulnerable regions. He explores the knowledge and governance strategies, planning frameworks (i.e. Social Impact Assessment) and community engagement approaches... read more
A.J. (Angelo Jonas) Imperiale
Contact
a.j.imperiale rug.nl
+31 50 36 33910
Function
Lecturer and Researcher
L.M. (Laura) Kapinga
Contact
l.m.kapinga rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Field / Discipline
Economic Geography, Regional labour markets, Data Science, Natural language processing (NLP), Machine learning
I.P.S. (Steven) Kema, MSc
Contact
i.p.s.kema rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Political Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Science, Social and Spatial Inequalities, Happiness and Well-being, Migration
M.L.C. (Luise) Koeppen, MA
Contact
m.l.c.koeppen rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate/ Lecturer
Regional Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
Regional Labour Markets and Skills
Regional Socio-economic Disparities
prof. dr. S. (Sierdjan) Koster
Contact
sierdjan.koster rug.nl
+31 50 36 34551
Function
Adjunct Professor in Economic Geography and Labour Market Dynamics
Development of medieval and early modern land surveying in Western Europe
D.E. (Desiree) Krikken, MA
Contact
d.e.krikken rug.nl
Function
PhD student
I research the geography of inequality, poverty, and social exclusion, especially in cities. My expertise is in the following domains and their interactions;

- experiences of poverty and social exclusion
- coming of age in disadvantaged neighbourhoods
-...
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S. (Sander) van Lanen
Contact
s.van.lanen rug.nl
+31 50 36 33888
Function
Assistant professor urban poverty & inequality
Geographies of discontent; populism; place and politics; qualitative research methods
T.J. (Thereza) Langeler
Contact
t.j.langeler rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
conservation social sciences, protected area management, landscape planning, participatory GIS, political ecology
J. (Jingyu) Li, PhD
Contact
jingyu.li rug.nl
+31 6 3986 5808
Function
spatial data analysis; Geographical information technology
K. (Keke) Li, PhD
Contact
keke.li rug.nl
Function
Qualitative research methods
Health Geography
Older adult mobility experiences
T.A. (Thomas) Lowe, MSc
Contact
t.a.lowe rug.nl
Function
Palaeoecology, Climate Science, Environmental Chemistry, Machine Learning in Geospatial Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence

More about my Arctic research: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QDnQS37dgU] and [https://www.youtube...
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G. (Gunnar) Mallon, Dr
Contact
g.mallon rug.nl
+31 50 36 32830
Function
Assistant Professor in Physical Geography
Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences,
Qualitative Data Analysis (Atlas.ti) ,
Social Network Analysis (including basics of statistical modelling via ERGM and SAOM)
M. (Marcel) Mallow, MSc
Contact
m.mallow rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate and Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in i-CONN ITN
Regional Economics, Applied Econometrics, Economic and Political Geography, Social and Spatial Inequalities, Digital Divides
D. (Daniele) Mantegazzi, Dr
Contact
d.mantegazzi rug.nl
+31 50 36 38290
Function
Assistant Professor
Death Studies, Ritual Studies, Geography of Religion, Psychology of Religion. I am available to supervise PhD students in these fields.
dr. B.M.H.P. (Brenda) Mathijssen
Contact
brenda.mathijssen rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Geography and Psychology of Religion; Vice Dean and Director of Education
Field / Discipline
My research focuses on the conditions under which governance arrangements lead to the reduction of vulnerability and the enhancement of resilience of people exposed to climate-related and other hazards.  It has involved mainly a comparative approach... read more
R.P. (Rónán) Mc Dermott, PhD
Contact
r.p.mcdermott rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor, Climate Adaptation Governance
Urban & Rural Inequality, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods
dr. E. (Erik) Meij, PhD
Contact
e.meij rug.nl
Function
Phd researcher
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 6 3198 3236
Function
Professor in Health Geography
Field / Discipline
Landscape geography, 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
Director of Education and Associate Professor Landscape Geography
Field / Discipline
D.H.A.M. (Erik) Merx, MSc
Contact
d.h.a.m.merx rug.nl
+31 50 36 33910
Function
Junior researcher
Geography, GIS, Smart Buildings
L. (Leon) van der Meulen, MSc
Contact
leon.van.der.meulen rug.nl
‭06 319 8316 8‬
Function
IT Consultant & Programme manager Smart Buildings
My research expertise is on the history of international thought (1800s-on), with special interest on concepts of geopolitics, territory, political spatiality, and global environment governance. In my present work I am interested in tracing how... read more
A.M. (António) Muntean Ferraz de Oliveira Marques, PhD
Contact
a.m.ferraz.de.oliveira rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in History and Theory of International Relations
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)
Embodiment, mobilities, technology, digital geographies, methods.
dr. T.C. (Tess) Osborne, PhD
Contact
t.osborne rug.nl
Function
Researcher & Lecturer
- entrepreneurial governance
- institutional transformations
- planning and property market dynamics
- residential property investment
- planning theories
S. (Sara) Özogul, PhD
Contact
s.ozogul rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
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Contact
p.h.pellenbarg rug.nl
Function
Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences). Formally retired at June 1st, 2012
Field / Discipline
Mobility and infrastructure 
Transport geography
Active and sustainable mobility
Cycling and e-bike mobility
Sustainble city logistics
Research and consulting
dr. P.A. (Paul) Plazier
Contact
p.a.plazier rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher transport geography
Critical etnographic research on gentrification and urban redevelopment
B.F. (Bart) Popken, MSc
Contact
b.f.popken rug.nl
Function
Lecturer Human Geography & Planning
Eurovision Song Contest
Transport & Mobility
Regional Economic Development
dr. F.J. (Felix) Pot
Contact
f.j.pot rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher Transport Geography
Social networks and environmental inequalities; global trade networks and inequality; climate change perceptions and climate action; participatory stakeholder networks; social learning and participatory modeling; research methods training and teaching;... read more
C.L. (Christina) Prell
Contact
c.l.prell rug.nl
+31 50 36 37291
Function
Associate Professor
GIS, Geospatial modeling and analysis, Context-aware spatial computation, Urban informatics, Volunteered geographic information, Location-based social networks, Geosocial analysis, Network analysis
M. (Mahdi) Rahimi, PhD
Contact
mahdi.rahimi rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Arctic bird ecology, human geography, science and technology studies, nature conservation policy, post-humanism
D.U.B. (Benedikt) Rakotonirina-Hess
Contact
d.u.b.rakotonirina-hess rug.nl
Function
PhD student
No picture available
Contact
r.h.rijnks rug.nl
Function
Assistent Professor GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Planning Methods
Mobility hubs; multimodal integration; rural accessibility
T.O. (Tibor) Rongen, MSc
Contact
t.o.rongen rug.nl
+31 6 1405 1317
Function
PhD Candidate
- Obtained PhD at the department of Cultural Geography, researching digitalisation initiatives in rural areas
- Project researcher for the INTERREG VB project CORA, the follow-up project COM3 and the ERASMUS+ project iSHRINK until June 2023
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
+31 50 36 35704
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Health geography
Mobility
Data management
Z. (Zeinab) Sattari Najafabadi, MSc
Contact
z.sattari rug.nl
Function
Data steward
place attachment, spiritual and cultural tourism, well-being, spiritualities and sacred sites in Japan, critical research methods
J.B.I. (Januschka) Schmidt, MA
Contact
j.schmidt rug.nl
Function
Research Officer Manual Publishing; PhD Student
Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations.
drs. G. (Govert) Schoof
Contact
g.schoof rug.nl
+31 6 2825 3137
Function
Lead Geodienst
Climate Change Adaptation
Environmental Governance
Sustainability Transformations
Digital Democratic Innovations
FinTech Innovation and Climate Finance
K.A. (Karsten) Schulz, Dr
Contact
k.a.schulz rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Governance & Innovation
Innovation diffusion, Relatedness, Spatial analysis
M.H. (Mihyun) Seong, MSc
Contact
m.h.seong rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Dr Yuli Shan is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Transitions at the University of Birmingham.

Please visit shanyuli.com and Birmingham webpage for more information.
Y. (Yuli) Shan, Dr PhD
Contact
y.shan rug.nl
Function
Affilated Associate Professor
Value of nature and landscape; Economics and space; Real estate and green; Evaluation ecology versus economy; Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
dr. F.J. (Frans) Sijtsma
Contact
f.j.sijtsma rug.nl
+31 6 4098 8442
Function
Director Rudolf Agricola School for Sustainable Development / Associate Professor Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Economic Geography, Mixed Methods / Multimethodology, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Clusters, Geography of Innovation, Business Networks, Institutions
D. (Daniël) Speldekamp, PhD
Contact
d.speldekamp rug.nl
+31 6 3198 6748
Function
Assistant Professor Innovation Management & Strategy
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)
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
prof. dr. B.I. (Irene) Tieleman
Contact
b.i.tieleman rug.nl
Function
Professor and Rosalind Franklin fellow
Within my professorship, I focus on research into the (perceived) accessibility and mobility patterns of residents of rural areas. More specifically, there are three lines of research within transport geography group: 1) perception of accessibility; 2)... read more
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... read more
E.M. (Elen-Maarja) Trell-Zuidema, Dr
Contact
e.m.trell rug.nl
+31 50 36 38374
Function
Assistant Professor Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places
dr. A.A. (Agata) Troost
Contact
a.a.troost rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
I am an assistant professor of environmental planning at the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences. My main research and teaching interests are situated in the broadly defined field of political ecology with empirical... read more
E. (Ethemcan) Turhan, Dr
Contact
e.turhan rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning
I am interested in people and places, which is why I work as an assistant professor at the Department of Spatial Planning & Environment at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (FSS). In my position I am involved in academic research and education. My research... read more
dr. G. (Gwenda) van der Vaart
Contact
g.van.der.vaart rug.nl
+31 6 5231 7254
Function
Assistant Professor
Prof Frank Vanclay has a personal chair as a professor of social impact assessment and management. He is included in the 2023 Stanford University listing of the world’s top 2% of scientists and is a leading authority in the field of social practice/social performance. Prof Vanclay has received awards from the International Association for Impact Assessment and other organizations. He has authored many key documents in the social impact assessment field, including the 2003 International Principles (https://doi.org/10.3152/147154603781766491), and the 2015 international guidance document (https://www.iaia.org/uploads/pdf/SIA_Guidance_Document_IAIA.pdf). A recent open access book (with 37 chapters and over 600 pages) is: Vanclay & Esteves (eds) 2024 Handbook in Social Impact Assessment and Management, Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781802208870. Apart from social impact assessment, his interests include: project induced displacement & resettlement; social licence to operate; social sustainability; extractive industries & society; business & human rights; human rights impact assessment; Indigenous rights; Free, Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC); benefit sharing; community engagement; public participation; avoiding the resource curse; corporate social responsibility; university social responsibility; sense of place; place attachment; endogenous regional development; rural communities; social aspects of climate change; applied social research; human geography; rural sociology; environmental sociology; natural resource sociology; and sociology of agriculture & food.
F.M.D. (Frank) Vanclay, Prof
Contact
frank.vanclay rug.nl
+31 50 36 33896
Function
Professor of Social Impact Assessment and Management
conflict and security studies; political ecology; political geography
J.E.C. (Judith) Verweijen, PhD
Contact
j.e.c.verweijen rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Real Estate & Urban Economics, Public Economics, Land Economics, Real Estate Development
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
Environmental Psychology, Group Processes, Social Identity, Socio-spatial dynamics.
Teaching: Mentor Academic Skills and Research Practicum.
Research interests: I am particularly interested in how group factors can drive collective action in response to...
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No picture available
Contact
c.j.walker.clarke rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate - Environmental Psychology
Y. (Yiying) Wang, MSc
Contact
yiying.wang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
dr. ir. S.G. (Gerd) Weitkamp
Contact
s.g.weitkamp rug.nl
Function
Associate 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-... read more
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
Travel Behaviour, Public Transport, Transit Service Disruption, Quantitative Analysis
I. (Irma) Yusfida, MSc
Contact
i.yusfida rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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