Meet our graduates
The Faculty of Spatial Science is home to talented, independent and well trained Master students in different fields. The Graduate Research Day is your opportunity to meet these students and get informed about the research activities and career ambitions.
The following specializations are represented at the Graduate Research Day:
The master Socio-Spatial Planning teaches students to understand the 'human factor' in spatial planning: why different groups of people embrace, contest or reject spatial changes, how they take the lead in shaping their own environment, how spatial interventions influence different stakeholders and how to engage society effectively in spatial transformations. The program prepares students for working as a spatial planner within a governmental arena, a consultant or an advisor, an employee of a non-governmental organization or a researcher, able to intervene in planning processes in a critical, responsive and communicative way. Master thesis students deal for instance with housing, mobility, citizenship, well-being and equality in both urban and rural contexts.
Environmental & Infrastructure Planning
The research agenda of the Master EIP concentrates on the relationships between institutional innovation (improved policy making) and spatial transformation (changing cities and regions).
The programme is unique in integrating three elements: (1) the analysis of urban and regional planning strategies for highly dynamic and complex situations, (2) international comparative research and learning, and (3) a focus on environmental, water and infrastructure related challenges.
Students in the Master Economic Geography deal with topics related to the development of a region, such as land prices, traffic & transport, infrastructure and the labour market. In the latter students for example analyse labour productivity and wage formation, the dynamic of the regional labour market, and migration, gender and the labour market. The relation between foundations and corporate migrations, and regional development is also part of the research.
The Master teaches students how to make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. Students become professionally competent in the field of geography and liveability so that they can make a contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. Aspects that influence the liveability of places and communities are safety, health, quality of the residential environment, social interaction and participation, community involvement, options for recreation and tourism, quality and unicity of the landscape. Feelings of rootedness and belonging, but also curiosity and excitement about new places, positively influence the liveability of places. This will enhance social cohesion, community resilience and the potential of people and communities to innovate and adapt.
Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of demographic behaviour of people, in terms of their life events, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the historical, economic, societal, cultural, and medical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends.
Real Estate Studies
The real estate markets have become global, making the real estate profession an international enterprise. At the same time global, commercial brokers report huge differences among local real estate markets. That urges for real estate professionals who are trained in integrating financial and economic-geographic skills with knowledge of local institutions.
Research Master in Spatial Sciences
This intense two year Master programme includes those students that aim for a career in Academia. It is an interdisciplinary Master that includes the fields of demography, human geography and spatial planning from a social and economic science perspective.
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