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(W)elke regio telt?
Posted on:21 November 2023

Telt elke regio wel in de verkiezingsprogramma’s? Om die vraag te beantwoorden analyseerde de Geodienst van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen de partijprogramma’s voor de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen 2023 van 18 politieke partijen.

De woningcrisis is voor velen een van de belangrijkste onderwerpen tijdens deze verkiezingen
Posted on:20 November 2023

Hoe gaan de partijen de mensen helpen die bovenmodaal verdienen, maar ‘vastzitten’ in een sociale huurwoning en het niet lukt om te kopen?

Only together can we create child-friendly cities
Posted on:20 November 2023

A city that is pleasant to grow up in. Safe, playful, with organic encounters between residents from different generations and social classes. That is Viviana Cordero Vinueza’s mission. In Groningen, the Ecuadorian PhD student brings together centuries-old values from Indigenous Ecuadoran cultures with lived experiences and global academic insights. Children are her guide.

This was the National Spatial Election Debate 2023
Posted on:09 November 2023

On Friday 3 November 2023, the National Spatial Election Debate took place for the fifth time. During the debate, politicians from CDA, D66, GroenLinks-PvdA, Nieuw Sociaal Contract, Partij voor de Dieren, SP, Volt, and VVD debated about spatial topics. The parties discussed their visions for the Netherlands of the future and talked about housing, the climate, and the Randstad-peripheral region relationship. The debate was organized by the University of Groningen (UG) and Groningen student debating society of planners (Groninger Dispuut der Planologen) Ekistics, in cooperation with the festival Let's Gro.

Space to grow old happily
Posted on:07 November 2023

Louise Meijering, Professor of Health Geography, has just finished her inaugural lecture. A box of booklets still sits in her office. On the front is the title, ‘Ruimte voor gezondheid’ [Space for health] and some images of wooden houses and trees. Appropriate, because the story she wants to tell is that of designing sustainable communities in an ageing society. ‘There are advantages to simplifying laws and regulations. Especially for people in vulnerable positions.’

Migration too complex for a political one-liner
Posted on:06 November 2023

Helga de Valk talks about her research into migration and its effect on the life course of individuals. Hardly surprising that the conversation soon turns to complex, global issues such as migration and the ageing population.

De toekomst van ruimtelijk Nederland – 5e Nationaal Ruimtelijk Verkiezingsdebat
Posted on:09 October 2023

Op 22 November 2023 kiest Nederland een nieuw parlement. Wat betekent dit voor de toekomst van ruimtelijk Nederland? Politici debatteren op vrijdag 3 november tijdens het 5e Nationaal Ruimtelijk Verkiezingsdebat in Groningen over de ruimtelijke ontwikkeling van Nederland. Aan de hand van actuele thema’s is het aan hen om de kiezers te overtuigen van hun visie en plannen voor de toekomst van ruimtelijk Nederland.

Bridging Fields to Tackle Grand Mountains: The Path to Unconventional Inventions and Interdisciplinary Collaboration towards Impact
Posted on:02 October 2023

Interdisciplinarity is essential for tackling grand societal challenges, as it harnesses diverse expertise to develop holistic solutions capable of addressing multifaceted problems. However, the integration of diverse perspectives into actionable solutions is often hindered by a lack of common language and cognitive distance among experts from different fields.

Podcast: Help mijn partner wil een kind! Wat nu?!
Posted on:04 September 2023

Wat doe je als je partner graag kinderen wil, maar jij niet? Of omgekeerd? Of wil je partner meer kinderen dan jij? Wat blijkt: nee is niet altijd nee, en ja is niet altijd ja. Overweeg je je kinderwens opzij te zetten om je aan je partner aan te passen zodat jullie samen kunnen blijven, of verbreek je de relatie? Het wel of niet krijgen van kinderen is heel bepalend voor je leven en je relatie.

MOBI-TWIN: Twin transition and changing patterns of spatial mobility: a regional approach
Posted on:25 July 2023

The MOBI-TWIN project, a recently launched initiative funded by the European Union, sets out to redefine regional attractiveness in the context of significant global transition processes such as the green and digital transition – known as the Twin Transition. The project aims to analyse the changing drivers of spatial mobility and examine the effects of twin transitions on regional attractiveness and human (im)mobility.

Floating Future project granted by NWO
Posted on:11 July 2023

The Floating Future research programme investigates from the perspective of governance, technology, and ecology how we can make floating buildings possible on a large scale and how socially acceptable such a project would be. We develop floating climate-adaptive perspectives for the hinterland (IJmeer), harbour cities, and the North Sea.

UG and NIDI strengthen strategic collaboration
Posted on:30 June 2023

The University of Groningen and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) have signed a renewed collaboration agreement for the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). Together, the University and the leading research institute aim to further build the national and international knowledge infrastructure on population issues.

The University of Groningen launches master's programme in Sustainable Rural Futures
Posted on:28 June 2023

Sustainable Rural Futures is a track within the Master's programme in Economic Geography. Students will learn how economic-geographical processes, developments in the labor market, issues in the field of well-being, quality of life and mobility take shape in different regions and in the continuum between urban and rural areas.

Working towards a closed cycle
Posted on:20 June 2023

We are living in a throw-away society. Raw materials are made into goods, which are thrown away en masse when they are no longer needed. This linear economic system is putting immense pressure on the environment and the climate, with very worrying consequences. The two billion tons of waste we produce every year is slowly but surely turning our planet into a one big landfill site. At the same time, the plastic soup in our oceans is assuming alarming proportions, the climate is suffering under increasing emissions of CO2 and methane, and pollution and nitrogen in the soil and groundwater are eating away at biodiversity. In addition, important natural resources are running out.

Liekuut | The countryside cannot be engineered
Posted on:19 June 2023

For a long time, we believed that it was possible to 'engineer' the Netherlands – and therefore the countryside. But now that the issues of climate change and the energy transition are looming, we are reaching the limits of what that engineering can achieve, says Tialda Haartsen , Professor of Rural Geography at the University of Groningen. And that means we need to rethink the way we design the countryside.

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