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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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Economic Geography, Spatial Economics, Regional Science, Social and Spatial Inequalities,  Happiness and Well-being, Migration, Spatial Microsimulation, Geoinformatics
prof. dr. D. (Dimitris) Ballas
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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
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Especially interested in perception, when spaces becomes places and how such processes can be influenced by marketing and branding of cities, regions and countries.
M. (Martin) Boisen, MSc
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Lecturer
dr. S.L. (Leonieke) Bolderman
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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
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
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Assistant Professor
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dr. C. (Cathelijne) de Busser
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Vakdidacticus aardrijkskunde (docent en onderzoeker)

Ecology
Wildlife
Animal Geographies
Multiespecies Studies
Urban Biodiversity
Human-Animal Relationships
Wildlife Conservation
Bats
M.A. (Angelica) Caiza Villegas
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PhD student
International business, Globalization, Economics of agglomeration, Economic Geography, Productivity Analysis
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PhD student
Real estate, urban economics, spatial analysis, big data, GIS, R programming, econometrics
dr. M.N. (Michiel) Daams
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Assistant Professor
Sustainable development, Energy, Arctic, Canada, Nunavut, place identities
dr. K.I.M. (Kim) van Dam
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Coordinator Education Energy Academy Europe
Secundary Education, Fieldwork, Quality Assurance in Education, Employability
drs. H.C. (Chris) Diederiks
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Study advisor / Teacher educator (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences) Lecturer / Career Services (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
dr. ir. T. (Terry) van Dijk
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Associate Professor in Planning
Go to https://spatial-panels.com 
for Matlab software of spatial panels and spatial econometric models.

prof. dr. J.P. (Paul) Elhorst
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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
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Assistant professor sustainable entrepreneurship
Cultural heritage
dr. P.D. (Peter) Groote
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Cultural Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
P. (Paul) Haan
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GIS Specialist & Coordinator data management
prof. dr. T. (Tialda) Haartsen
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Adjunct Professor of Rural Geography
Sexuality education in Uganda; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
B. (Billie) de Haas, PhD
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Assistant Professor
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An early stage researcher interested in community self-organisation, local energy initiatives and community food initiatives/projects. Online Officer of the RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group. Guest editor Special Issue "Community Self-Organisation, Sustainability, and Resilience in Food Systems" for Sustainability.
mr. M.H. (Mustafa) Hasanov, MSc
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PhD Candidate / External staff member
Qualitative Research Methods
Cultural Geography
Forced Migration
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PhD student
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Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, Design Methods, Quality Assurance in Education.
prof. dr. ir. P. (Paul) Ike
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Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Infrastructure Planning
Social Impact Assessment, Community Resilience, Rural Development, Sustainable Mountain Development policies, programs and projects, participatory natural and cultural heritage management, post-disaster interventions.
L.M. (Laura) Kapinga
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PhD student
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Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development
Regional Labour Market effects of Automation
dr. S. (Sierdjan) Koster
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Associate Professor in Economic Geography
Development of medieval and early modern land surveying in Western Europe
D.E. (Desiree) Krikken, MA
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PhD student
- Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning (BA)
- Economic Geography (BA)
- Urban regeneration (BA)
- Local governance and sustainability (BA)
B.J. (Jacco) Kuper, MSc
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Lecturer
dr. D.R. (Debbie) Lager
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Postdoc researcher
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
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Lecturer Human Geography & Planning
Urban & Rural Inequality, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods
E. (Erik) Meij
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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
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Associate Professor with ius promovendi
Physical geography, Landscape, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Soil science, Hydrology, Historical Geography, GIS
dr. ir. E.W. (Erik) Meijles
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Assistant professor
Geography, GIS, Spatial Information
L. (Leon) van der Meulen
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Technical GIS Advisor
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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Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences)
Information Literacy
R. (Renny) Oortwijn
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Academic Information Specialist
prof. dr. P.H. (Piet) Pellenbarg
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Professor Economic Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences). Formally retired at June 1st, 2012
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dr. M. (Marieke) van der Pers
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Researcher Teacher Education, PhD student Demography
dr. P.A. (Paul) Plazier
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PhD Researcher
- 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
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Rural Development
Community Development
Cultural Geography
Social Exclusion
dr. K. (Koen) Salemink
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Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning
Environmental Policy
Well-being
Data analysis
Z. (Zeinab) Sattari Najafabadi, MSc
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Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations meer informatie
drs. G. (Govert) Schoof
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Chief Geodienst
Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
Governance of Emerging Technologies
Anticipatory Governance and Foresight
Transformation Studies
dr. K.A. (Karsten) Schulz
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Assistant Professor Political Science
Economics and space; Real estate and green; Evaluation ecology versus economy; Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
ir. H. (Harm) Smeenge
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PhD student
Geography; tourism geographies; tourism planning; border studies; regional development; governance; sense of place; geotourism
rural and agricultural development; Mansholt chair
prof. dr. D. (Dirk) Strijker
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Professor Cultural Geography (Faculty of Spatial Sciences), Chairholder Mansholtchair for Rural Development
Residential (Im)mobility; Internal Migration; Population Geography; Housing; Multilevel Modelling
dr. M.J. (Michael) Thomas
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Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
prof. dr. ir. T. (Taede) Tillema
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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
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Assistant Professor (Spatial Planning and Environment)
Keywords to describe research:
social impact assessment and management; social performance; social licence to operate; social sustainability; Arctic development; 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. 
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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
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Professor of Cultural Geography, Director Urban & Regional Studies Institute
Demography, Economic Geography, Economics
Real Estate Development
prof. dr. ir. A.J. (Arno) van der Vlist
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Full professor
dr. ir. S.G. (Gerd) Weitkamp
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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
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Assistant Professor
prof. dr. L.J.G. (Leo) van Wissen
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Professor Economic Demography
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