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Let go, stay in touch and re-attract – what rural areas can do to lure back young adult leavers
Posted on:29 February 2024

The University of Groningen will research how rural areas can lure back young adult leavers to return. For decades, rural areas have experienced the outmigration of part of their young people, for example for education, work or a partner elsewhere. In the context of aging populations and increasing tightness of the labour market, many rural areas would like to see some of the 'leavers' return.

Interdisciplinary project on sustainable urban logistics (GLEAM NSR) has started
Posted on:01 February 2024

All partners in the project GLEAM NSR, led by the University of Groningen, met this week for the official kick-off at the university’s House of Connections. The project focuses on the role of urban governance towards just and green urban logistics. The EU funds the project within the framework of the Interreg North Sea programme. In this project, sustainable logistics expert Paul Buijs and spatial planning expert Ward Rauws join forces on behalf of the University of Groningen.  

Project on sustainable urban logistics (GLEAM NSR) kicks off
Posted on:26 January 2024

All partners in the project GLEAM NSR, led by the University of Groningen, met this week for the official kick-off at the university’s House of Connections. The project focuses on the role of governance towards just and green urban logistics. The EU funds the project within the framework of the Interreg North Sea programme. In this project, sustainable logistics expert Paul Buijs is one of the representatives of the University of Groningen.  

Ward Rauws joins The Young Academy
Posted on:16 January 2024

In 2024, The Young Academy will again welcome ten new members. One of these members is Ward Rauws, spatial planner at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Join the 'Language and AI' community
Posted on:11 December 2023

As a part of the Jantina Tammes School, the 'Language and AI' theme is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to encourage collaboration among academics, PhD candidates, students, and industry representatives who share a keen interest in the intersection of language and artificial intelligence.

(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.

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