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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
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Assistant Professor Urban Design and Mobility
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
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
K. (Karina) Castro Arce
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PhD student
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PhD student
Political, social and urban history of modern and contemporary Europe
dr. S. (Stefan) Couperus
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Associate Professor
Real estate, urban economics, spatial analysis, big data, GIS, R programming, econometrics
dr. M.N. (Michiel) Daams
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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
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PhD Researcher
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
Integrated transport infrastructure- and areadevelopment, (added) value assessment, consensus
drs. A.M. (Anne Marel) Hilbers
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PhD student
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 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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Emeritus Professor of Housing and Landmarkets, with a focus on Housing of the Elderly
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- 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
N. (Naim) Laeni
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PhD student
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
history of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism / international transfer of models / non-western regions.
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associate professor
Urban & Rural Inequality, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods
E. (Erik) Meij
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PhD student
Geography, GIS, Spatial Information
L. (Leon) van der Meulen
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Technical GIS Advisor
Sustainable Mobility : Child-Friendly Spatial Planning, Shared Space, Traffic Safety
Evaluation: Effectiveness of Impact Assessments
dr. F. (Femke) Niekerk
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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
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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
Economics and space; Real estate and green; Evaluation ecology versus economy; Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
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)
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
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Assistant Professor in Infrastructure Planning, Governance & Methodology
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
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
Claudia is an architect and urban planner. Her work employs urban analytics & city science, evidence-based design, mixed methods and decision support. She applies her research to topics such as future sustainable cities and regions, smart cities, cities as complex adaptive systems and the future well-being of people.
prof. dr. C.H. (Claudia) Yamu
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Ad. Professor in Urban Planning & Design / Director CASUS / Rosalind Franklin Fellow
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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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