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Northern Netherlands continue to invest in scientific knowledge about the consequences of population decline
Posted on:30 June 2020

Over the next five years, endowed professor Bettina Bock will continue to investigate the opportunities and possibilities for liveability in depopulating areas in the North. The provinces of Groningen, Fryslân and Drenthe make the extension of her chair financially possible.

Patrick Verkooijen appointed Chair of University of Groningen’s Climate Adaptation Governance Programme
Posted on:28 May 2020

The CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), Professor Patrick Verkooijen, was appointed Chair of the Climate Adaptation Programme at the faculties Campus Fryslânand Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen on 14 May 2020.Verkooijen will be involved in setting the curriculum for the upcoming Climate Adaptation and Global Governance Masters programme as well as supervising doctorate students. He will also help connect students and researchers to a global network of climate adaptation institutions.

What do youngsters do in ‘ordinary’ places?
Posted on:25 May 2020

Recently appointed PhD student Janine Venema isn’t tired of studying just yet. After following pre-vocational secondary education, studying at a university of applied sciences and obtaining a university degree, she started to miss the lecture halls rather soon. Since January, she has been researching the daily lives of young people at the Population Research Centre. As a result, she hopes to be able to improve their wellbeing.

Helga de Valk new director NIDI
Posted on:20 May 2020

Helga de Valk has been appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences as director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) with effect from 1 November 2020. De Valk takes over from Leo van Wissen.

How to fight land grabbing
Posted on:14 April 2020

All over the world, companies and investment funds are buying up land to use for agriculture or mining, which is having a huge impact on the environment and local residents. Companies, aid organizations, provincial and national governments – some of them are facilitating land grabbing but are also working together to find solutions. It is precisely this dynamic that intrigues researcher Nienke Busscher. She has visited Argentina several times to find out first-hand what does and does not work.

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.

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