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Five experienced researchers from Groningen awarded Vici grants
Posted on:20 February 2020

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 32 experienced researchers a Vici grant worth € 1.5 million each. Three of the awardees are conducting research at the University of Groningen (UG), and two at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The Vici grants will enable them to develop innovative lines of research for the next five years. Vici is one of the largest personal academic grants awarded in the Netherlands, and is aimed at experienced researchers who are free to put their own research project forward for funding.

Video lecture Ward Rauws as part of the Universiteit van Nederland (in Dutch)
Posted on:17 February 2020

Video lecture by Ward Rauws on the ideal city, as part of the Universiteit van Nederland.

The underexposed downsides of local self-governance and civic self-reliance
Posted on:24 January 2020

Municipalities in shrinkage regions are keen to emphasize the importance of civic involvement in improving the local quality of life. Self-governance and self-reliance regularly lead to successful projects aimed at sustaining village facilities. Hiska Ubels concludes that innovative forms of self-governance also have their downsides, which have unjustifiably been overlooked. She will be awarded a PhD by the University of Groningen on 30 January.

Nature, prosperity and happiness
Posted on:17 December 2019

Frans Sijtsma is a nature-lover, a fan of the Wadden Sea who climbs trees as a hobby. But he is also an economic geographer who never loses sight of the hard rules of economics. He tries to unite both of these aspects in his work.

New estate monitor provides insight into (plans for) new estate development
Posted on:20 November 2019

With the Nieuwbouwmonitor (new estate monitor), you can keep track of new estate development in the Netherlands. For example, you can see how many open planning permissions lie within five kilometres of a Natura 2000 protected area. This app, developed by the Geodienst and the Real Estate Centre of the UG, offers an overview of the state of new estate development in the Netherlands.

Minder kansen op werkzekerheid aan de randen van Nederland
Posted on:06 November 2019

In de regio’s aan de randen van Nederland hebben starters op de arbeidsmarkt minder kans op het vinden en behouden van een baan dan vergelijkbare personen in de rest van het land. Dat geldt ook voor voormalig werklozen uit die regio’s. Voor een deel ligt dat aan regionale omstandigheden, die zich buiten de invloedsfeer van werkzoekenden bevinden.

House prices drop near large asylum seekers’ centres, but only outside cities
Posted on:05 November 2019

Researchers from the University of Groningen and the Gran Sasso Science Institute in Italy have calculated that in some cases, the opening of new asylum seekers’ centres makes the prices of nearby houses decrease significantly. The researchers came to this conclusion after analysing the transaction prices of houses close to all of the COA (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) refugee centres that opened their doors in the Netherlands between 2011 and 2015. After the opening of the largest refugee centres – those that can accommodate at least 500 asylum seekers – the prices of nearby houses dropped by an average of 9%, but only in sparsely populated areas. In other areas or in cases in which the refugee centres were smaller, no significant price changes were observed.

New lectures series: Treasures from the University Library
Posted on:10 October 2019

In the lecture series Treasures from the University Library, researchers using material from our Special Collections talk about their research, while the objects in question are also present.

The fight against village shrinkage
Posted on:10 September 2019

Tialda Haartsen is a researcher of rural depopulation. In the bog of village shrinkage, beautiful flowers occasionally blossom unexpectedly.

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