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Island and sustainability

Doing 'regional research' in the Northern Netherlands: reflections from a 'global' student team

Date:15 July 2021
Many island schools are facing shrinking populations, creating a big challenge for the schools to continue providing education and remain an important part of the social infrastructure for island communities.
The Death of Socrates - Jacques-Louis David (1787)

Collaborative planning - the next step in democracy or a trap for populism?

Date:17 March 2021
Author:Ido Marom & Jort de Vries

The 20th century discourse on communicative rationality gave rise to a new paradigm in planning theory - the communicative (collaborative) paradigm. It calls for the breaking of scientific objectivism and building one based on agreement between individuals...

Negative opinions about Roma, Muslims in several European nations

Caravan Dwellers versus the Tiny Houses Movement

Date:04 November 2020
Author:Ana Polgar and Irina Krottje
On the 13th of July, 2018, the Dutch government presented a new policy, ending the former ‘extinction policy’ regarding Roma, Sinti and Travellers. The former policy was found to be discriminatory and violate human rights and limited the existence of their culture, their way of living and their freedom rights.
Place of Places

Review: A Woman's World

Date:29 April 2020
Author:Melissa Ernstberger & Kiek Korevaar

On the 21st of February, Place of Places hosted their first event of the year, a collaboration between students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and City Central. The event, “A Woman’s World,” aimed to facilitate a discussion space for a geographical...

Stefano at OLLD19

OLLD2019; first conference experiences as a master student

Date:14 November 2019
Author:Stefano Blezer

Annually, the European Network of Living Labs organises the Open Living Lab Days Conference in which international (urban) living lab stakeholders come together to discuss the current developments and issues faced. This year, the conference was organised...

The streets of Gulu, Northern Uganda

Youth and Ethics: fieldwork in (post-)conflict Uganda

Date:01 November 2018
Author:Julia Doornbos

Northern Uganda has been the battleground of the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from 1986 until 2006. Led by Joseph Kony, this rebel group waged war and terrorized the Acholi region, to take down Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and to establish a...

Figure 1 - Model of liveability

Liveability in the villages of Annen, Anloo, Eext and Tynaarlo

Date:12 April 2018
Author:Marion Plegt & Daan Vegter


The village of Garmerwolde (source:

Loneliness and the Social Network

Date:09 January 2018
Author:Gijs Westra, Felipe Melo Pissardo en Stijn Ringnalda

Ageing and loneliness in a village
In the first period of this year, we did a research into loneliness among older adults in Garmerwolde, a village near Groningen. This research is relevant in light of recent demographic changes in the Netherlands....

Masqat in all its glory. The yacht is property of Sultan Qaboos

Researching identities in Oman

Date:11 September 2017
Author:Nicky Theunissen

In April 2017, I found myself on Omani soil with a link to an online questionnaire, an interview guide for informal, unstructured interviews and a recording device. I figured the data collection would go smoothly, as I already had a personal network in...