The world is changing at a rapid pace and the consequences affect regions and people unevenly.
Technological changes, such as digitalization and automation, affect the way jobs are organized and how the economy is structured. Climate change increases the risk of food shortages, water scarcity, and the occurrence of natural disasters. These, in turn, affect people’s wellbeing and businesses’ production decisions and possibilities. In many places, demographic changes, such as ageing and migration, challenge the provision of services and call for a new organization of the society. The effects of these global megatrends are not symmetric, some people benefit some do not, some place benefits some do not.
Economic Geography in Groningen is about understanding these inequalities across space and people: regional differences in economic structure and performance as well as in socio-economic outcomes in a broad sense. Our starting point in understanding these inequalities between places and people are the actions of three main economic actors: Firms, People, and the Government. Understanding their behaviour (e.g., migration, firm location, policies) is an important pillar of the programme.
The master in Economic Geography develops your academic research and professional skills so that you can analyze such regional developments and formulate policy avenues to govern these processes locally, nationally, and internationally. This makes Economic Geography in Groningen an empirical and pragmatic programme that is relevant for society.
Our graduates are specialists in regional economic development with a keen eye on the role of policy. For those interested in the role of international trade and globalization in regional economic development we offer a track in Regional Competitiveness and Trade, where you will specialize in a quantitative and model based economic approach.
If you are interested in following a two-year programme in Economic Geography in two different countries (the Netherlands and Germany), then our Double Degree Master International Programme in Economic Geography is the master programme for you!
If you are looking for a two-year programme and are interested in doing research, you can also integrate the master in Economic Geography with our two-year Research Master in Spatial Sciences.
The theoretical basis pairs really well with the practical applications of the course, which makes this study not only enjoyable but also very useful for my future career.
Before applying for the Master program of Economic Geography, I completed my bachelor of Human Geography and Planning also at the University of Groningen. My decision to stay was fairly quick and easy. I love the city and the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, both of them due to their size and very friendly and casual atmosphere.
During my bachelor degree I already started orientating towards the economic aspects of geography, especially how the entrepreneurial ecosystem of a region contributes to its competitiveness. I find this topic fascinating to research and to examine it in practice. The Economic Geography master program gives you an insight into the economic drivers of a region, the underlying processes, as well as the practical knowledge you need to enable yourself to analyse such drivers and processes. In addition, you have the freedom to choose the topics you are most interested in, in my case, entrepreneurial ecosystems. The theoretical basis of the study pairs really well with the practical applications that are included in the course which made this study not only enjoyable but also very useful for my future career.
After my studies I am hoping to work at a small but fast paced company where I can build on my skills and prepare and guide the developmental strategies of cities anywhere around the world.
The Master in Economic Geography offered me a chance of getting to learn the economic effects that planning decisions and policy decisions have on an area.
After finishing my bachelor in real estate at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, I decided I wanted to continue my study at the University of Groningen.
Every time I think back of this choice, I am glad I made it. I wanted to broaden my knowledge on economics in a way that it related to my background in real estate. The Master in Economic Geography offered me a chance of getting to learn the economic effects that planning decisions and policy decisions have on an area. The way the Faculty of Spatial Sciences operates is very nice. Contact with lecturers is very personal and they give you lots of freedom to specify your master in the way you want it. I chose to do elective courses at the Faculty of Economics and Business, which was no problem since various aspects of Economic Geography are closely related to International Economics.
When I graduate, I’d love to stay in Groningen and find a job. Because Groningen is a very young city, there is always something fun to do and this attracted me so much that I’d like to live here the next few years. At this moment I am orienting for a job in consultancy or policymaking, a field of work that gets well introduced during the Master in Economic Geography.
One thing that you should really do if you are interested in the programme of Economic Geography is take a look at the courses that are given in the master. The courses are very diverse and cover themes like economics, entrepreneurship and labour markets. If these topics suit you, then studying Economic Geography at the University of Groningen is a good choice!