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drs. P.J.M. (Paul) van Steen

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drs. P.J.M. (Paul) van Steen

Paul van Steen (1958) works at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Human Geography, Planning, Demography) of the University of Groningen. He coordinates the Faculty's international student exchange programmes, runs the Faculty's "International School of Spatial Policy Studies" and teaches semester courses for visiting international students as well as a summer course in cooperation with the US-based Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He is the European coordinator of the International Certificate on Urban and Regional Development (ICURD), delivered by NEURUS – the Network on European and US Regional and Urban Studies. Under the title "The Dutch Manscape", he leads excursions in the Netherlands on themes like the planning of Randstad Holland and Dutch water management. For more information, see

In the MSc program of Economic Geography at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, he teaches the courses 'Spatial Market Research' (in English) and 'Infrastructure, Economy and Space' (in Dutch), and coordinates the master thesis projects.  

Paul van Steen's publications in international journals include "Population Change and Spatial Transformation", "Death and Space in the Netherlands", "Sport and Space in the Netherlands" and "Dutch Water Management Challenges". 

In the Netherlands, Paul van Steen lived in the cities of Breda (1958-1964), Hengelo (1968-1976) and Groningen (1976-1996), and presently in the village of Haren. From 1964 to 1968, he lived in Berkeley, California. He studied Dutch language and literature, and Human Geography and Planning.  

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