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E.M. (Elen-Maarja) Trell-Zuidema, Dr

Assistant Professor Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places
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Research interests

My recent research has been focused on the possibilities and challenges that arise for the existing governance structures and planning systems in connection to emerging new collectives around the topics of local food production, renewable energy and community resilience to flooding. A number of my recent research projects are focused in particular on the governance of food-systems and the ways developments in food systems link into the broader sustainable development and renewable energy agenda's. Another part of my research focuses on exploring the concept of ‘resilience’ and in particular the potential of resilience thinking in spatial sciences as well as the possibilities for applying the concept of resilience in policy-making practice. In my previous research projects I have explored community resilience and livability in declining (rural) areas and influential aspects for well-being of rural youths (problem behavior; gender roles; citizenship) in their everyday context (in Estonia and Canada). I am specialized in using qualitative, visual and (inter)active research methods such as (participatory) video, mental mapping and go-along interviews. 


2013 PhD "Rural Realities. Everyday places and practices of young people in rural Estonia", Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
2009 MSc "Youth and Belonging. Everyday geographies of youth in Cedar, British Columbia" (cum laude), Cultural Geography, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
2007 MSc "Cars vs. People? Transport planning for liveable cities. A comparison between Tallinn, Estonia and Groningen, The Netherlands" (cum laude), Environment and Infrastructure Planning, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
2004 BSc "Possibilities for sustainable transportation by developing biking infrastructure in Tallinn", Environmental Management, University of Tallinn, Estonia.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Association for Canadian Studies in The Netherlands (ACSN)
  • The Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research (NETHUR)
  • The Graduate School of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen

2010-2012 Member of the PhD council of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

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