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Staff members with discipline Planning & Development

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

infrastructure and environmental planning, environmental impact assessment, ex post evaluation
prof. dr. E.J.M.M. (Jos) Arts
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jos.arts rug.nl
+31 50 36 33895
Function
professor Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Corporate entrepreneurship / Intrapreneurship / Corporate venturing
Entrepreneurship in healthcare & medical field / Orphan drug ventures
O. (Olga) Belousova, Dr
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o.belousova rug.nl
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Assistant professor
I am working on Urban Adaptivity within the domain of planning theory and operationalizing it to the real world. To do so, I find the term "15-Minute City" and its potentials very relevant to operationalize adaptive planning to its place and space.
H. (Hamidreza) Biabani Moghaddam, M
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h.biabani.moghaddam rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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 and contemporary position of cities in the world.
M. (Martin) Boisen, MSc
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m.boisen rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Adaptive water governance and spatial planning
Inclusive flood resilience
Institutional analysis
Framing theory, discourse theory
dr. M.A. (Margo) van den Brink
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m.a.van.den.brink rug.nl
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Associate Professor Water and Planning
Coördinator van het Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen, dat kennis en onderzoek verzamelt en deelt dat relevant is voor sociaal-maatschappelijk beleid in het Groningse gaswinningsgebied. Het Kennisplatform stimuleert samenwerkingsverbanden om meer aandacht te creëren voor sociaal-maatschappelijke impact. Het brengt mensen en kennis samen en streeft naar een samenleving waar industrie, staat en maatschappij in harmonie zijn.
dr. N.A. (Nienke) Busscher
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n.a.busscher rug.nl
+31 6 3198 5069
Function
Coördinator Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen
dr. T. (Tim) Busscher
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t.busscher rug.nl
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Assistant Professor Infrastructure Planning
K. (Karina) Castro Arce
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k.castro.arce rug.nl
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Dr.
Climate Adaptation
Climate Resilience
Coastal Planning
Urban and Regional Planning
Design-led Planning
Policy Analysis
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a.n.chandramidi rug.nl
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PhD student
dr. ir. T. (Terry) van Dijk
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t.van.dijk rug.nl
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Associate Professor Planning and Design
Field / Discipline
Water Sensitive City
Adaptive Water Governance
Institutional Design
Flood Resilience
Multilevel Governance
Climate Change Adaptation
Indonesia
M. (Martin) Drenth, MSc
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m.drenth rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Integrated transport infrastructure- and areadevelopment, (added) value assessment, consensus
A.M. (Anne Marel) Hilbers, MSc
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a.m.hilbers rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Sustainability, Place-based development, Climate change, Socio-Spatial Planning, (Inter-)subjective aspects of planning, Sense of Place, Values & culture, Leadership, Coalitions and Cooperation, Sustainable spatial (urban/rural/regional) Development, Spatial Transformation, Place Branding.
prof. dr. L.G. (Ina) Horlings
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l.g.horlings rug.nl
Function
Full Prof. Dr. Socio-Spatial Planning
Field / Discipline
Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Design Methods, Quality Assurance in Education.
prof. dr. ir. P. (Paul) Ike
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p.ike rug.nl
+31 50 36 33895
Function
Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Human Geography, Regional Planning, Rural Sociology, Applied Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Water Governance, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Disaster Risk Governance and Management, Social Impact Assessment, Community Resilience, Community Engagement, Community Empowerment, Community Development, Transformative Learning, Sustainability Transformation, Social Sustainability, rural and mountain regions and communities.
A.J. (Angelo Jonas) Imperiale
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a.j.imperiale rug.nl
+31 50 36 33910
Function
Lecturer and Post-doc researcher
Landscape Architecture, spatial design, strategic design, spatial planning
dr. ir. J. (Annet) Kempenaar
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j.kempenaar rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Spatial Design and Water Management
Marine Spatial Planning, offshore system integration, hydrogen, energy transition, North Sea policy
J.E.H. (Juul) Kusters, MSc
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j.e.h.kusters rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
leadership in planning processes
planning theory
post-growth planning
regional and state planning
research-practice interfaces
roles of planners
spatial transformations
C.W. (Christian) Lamker, Dr
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c.w.lamker rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Sustainable Transformation and Regional Planning
Infrastructure Planning:
Management in Planning
Adaptive Planning and Programming
Public-public and Public-private cooperation
Project- and program management
Market systems and dynamic contracting
Governance en institutional design
prof. ir. W.L. (wim) Leendertse
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w.l.leendertse rug.nl
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Professor Management in Infrastructure Planning
Socio-spatial planning
N. A. (Nika) Lindhout, MSc
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n.a.lindhout rug.nl
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PhD student
S.L. (Sarah) Mawhorter, PhD
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s.l.mawhorter rug.nl
+31 50 36 32737
Function
Assistant Professor of Housing
Field / Discipline
Expert in the field of Real Estate Development including financial, legal, spatial and managerial aspects
prof. dr. E.F. (Ed) Nozeman
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e.f.nozeman rug.nl
+31 50 36 33897
Function
Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
- entrepreneurial governance
- institutional transformations
- planning and property market dynamics
- residential property investment
- planning theories
S. (Sara) Özogul, PhD
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s.ozogul rug.nl
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Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Land Development
Land Conservation
Complexity Science
R.P. (Rama) Putra, MSc
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r.p.putra rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Adaptive planning
Complexity science & self-organization
Spatial transformation
Peri-urban areas & urban regions
Strategic planning concepts
Neighbourhood renewal
Age-friendly neighbourhoods
Studentification
Sustainable city logistics
Civic initiatives & self-governance
dr. W.S. (Ward) Rauws
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w.s.rauws rug.nl
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Associate Professor Spatial Planning
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r.h.rijnks rug.nl
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Assistent Professor GIS, Spatial Analysis, and Planning Methods
S.A. (Shreya) Satheesh, MSc
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s.a.satheesh rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher
Research assistant at the Knowledge Platform, which collects and shares knowledge and research that is relevant for social policy in the Groningen gas extraction area. The Knowledge Platform stimulates partnerships to create more attention for social impact. It brings people and knowledge together and strives for a society where industry, state and society are in harmony. I am interested in topics related to Socio-Spatial Planning, Sustainable spatial Development and Spatial Transformation.
W.E. (Willemijn) Schreuder, MSc
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w.e.schreuder rug.nl
Function
Researcher Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen
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.
E.M. (Elen-Maarja) Trell-Zuidema, Dr
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e.m.trell rug.nl
+31 50 36 33885
Function
Assistant Professor Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places
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 attention to environmental conflicts, energy infrastructures, social movements, and climate mobilities mainly (but not exclusively) in Turkey, the larger Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Thematically, I am interested in exploring and supervising topics around climate justice and energy democracy.

Before moving to Groningen, I was a postdoctoral researcher at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment in Stockholm between 2016 and 2020. Previous to that, I held 2014/2015 Mercator-IPC Fellowship on climate change at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanc─▒ University. I received my master's and Ph.D. degrees in environmental studies from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2014) and my B.Sc. in environmental engineering from Middle East Technical University (2008).

My academic work appeared in edited volumes and journals such as Dialogues in Human Geography, Environmental Science & Policy, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Frontiers in Energy ResearchApplied EnergyEnergy Research and Social ScienceTurkish StudiesSustainability ScienceWIREs Climate ChangeGlobal Environmental ChangeEcological EconomicsCapitalism Nature Socialism, Nature Climate Change,  New Perspectives on Turkey, and Journal of Political Ecology. Previously, I co-edited the volume Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements (together with Onur Inal, Routledge Environmental Humanities Series, 2019).

Currently, I am co-editing a book titled "Urban Movements and Climate Change: Loss, Damage and Radical Adaptation" (together with Marco Armiero and Salvatore Paolo de Rosa, forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press). I also co-edited a recent special issue of Social Text (Duke University Press) titled "Urban Climate Insurgency".

I serve as an editorial board member of Dialogues in Human Geography (SAGE), as an editor for Sustainability Science (Springer) and as an associate editor for open-access journal, Climate Action (Nature Springer).
dr. E. (Ethemcan) Turhan
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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 interests include arts and culture in communities (in terms of community development, liveability, dealing with place change, etc.), how the arts can be used in community engagement and participation processes, and creative research methods. In my teaching activities, I am involved in various courses at both the Bachelor and Master level at the FSS, as well as at the Honours College.
dr. G. (Gwenda) van der Vaart
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Contact
g.van.der.vaart rug.nl
+31 6 5231 7254
Function
Assistant Professor
I am an Assistant Professor of Infrastructure Planning, Governance & Methodology at the University of Groningen (2016—current). I am affiliated with the Department of Spatial Planning and Environment of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. I am program coordinator of the Bachelor Spatial Planning and Design of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and of the research program Sustainable Road Infrastructure between Rijkswaterstaat and the University of Groningen. I am also supervisor and co-promotor on multipe PhD research projects. Since 2018, I am editorial board member of Public Works Management & Policy. I have a PhD in Public Administration from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015). Previously, I worked at the University of Bamberg (2015—2016) and at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2009—2015). I also held visiting research positions at Rijkswaterstaat and the Bertelsmann Foundation. My research focuses on the design, implementation, and outcomes of collaboration in cross-sector governance networks, with a particular focus on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure planning. I am also specialized in comparative methods, in particular Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Current main projects focus on the performance advantage of PPPs, the collaborative advantage of PPPs, and on boundary spanning in infrastructure planning. I have published many articles on these topics, as well as multiple books.
dr. S. (Stefan) Verweij
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s.verweij rug.nl
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Assistant Professor in Infrastructure Planning, Governance & Methodology
Johan Woltjer is Professor of Urban Development and Planning, and Dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands. He was previously at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, and various other universities including the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente. Professor Woltjer holds a wide range of international positions, in educational development, research networks, and for editorial boards. He also is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia. He is an editor for CITIES, a globally leading journal in the field of urban studies.
Management skills: research evaluation and coordination, international educational development, department and faculty management;
Research interests: urban and regional development, sustainable cities, human geography, environmental governance, institutional design, international planning, evaluation, water resources and infrastructure development;
Teaching: curriculum development, international classroom, tutorial teaching, comparative learning.
prof. dr. J. (Johan) Woltjer
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j.woltjer rug.nl
Function
Professor of Urban Development and Planning
Environmental planning, integrated energy planning, sustainable development, governance renewal, decentralization, (post-)contingency theory, adaptive planning
prof. dr. C. (Christian) Zuidema
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Contact
c.zuidema rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Spatial Planning
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