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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.

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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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Adaptive water governance and spatial planning
Flood resilience
River basin management
Institutional analysis
Framing theory, discourse theory
dr. M.A. (Margo) van den Brink
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Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning
dr. N.A. (Nienke) Busscher
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Projectcoördinator Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen
dr. T. (Tim) Busscher
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Assistant Professor Infrastructure Planning
K. (Karina) Castro Arce
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PhD student
dr. ir. T. (Terry) van Dijk
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Associate Professor in Planning
Integrated transport infrastructure- and areadevelopment, (added) value assessment, consensus
drs. A.M. (Anne Marel) Hilbers
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PhD student
Place-based development, 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.
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Ad. Prof. Dr. Socio-Spatial Planning
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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
Landscape Architecture, spatial design, strategic design, spatial planning
dr. ir. J. (Annet) Kempenaar
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Assistant Professor Spatial Design and Water Management
Infrastructure Planning: Management in Planning
Adaptiive 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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Professor Management in Infrastructure Planning
My main research interests and activities are located in (the intersections of) the areas:
 > Adaptive Planning and Responsiveness
 > Governance and Networks
 > Infrastructure Planning
 > Institutional Theory, Analysis, and Design
 > Network of Networks, System of Systems 
 > Policy Coordination and Integration
 > Scenario and Delphi Studies
 > Serious Gaming
M.R. (Robin) Neef
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PhD Researcher
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)
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- Urban Public Service Innovation and Governance- Urban Sustainability Transition- Urban Design and Civic Initiatives- Urban Planning and Design- Urban Living Labs- Community Participation in Planning
dr. E. (Emma) Puerari
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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
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Assistant Professor Spatial Planning
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)
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
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Postdoc
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
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Honorary Professor
J. (Jing) Wu
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Urban and Regional Planning, Migration Study.
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PhD student
dr. C. (Christian) Zuidema
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Assistant Professor Spatial Planning
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