Human Geography and Spatial Planning

The department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning is responsible for research into and teaching about urban issues against the backdrop of ongoing worldwide processes such as urbanisation, climate change, globalisation, and infrastructural and technological change.

The department is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research (NETHUR) for PhD researchers.


  • Research

    Our research programme Urban Futures aims at better understanding urban systems and contributing to the future success of cities by paving the way for the transition towards a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable and liveable urban future.
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  • Teaching

    We educate the next generation of researchers, teachers, and policy makers in our highly appreciated Bachelor's and Master's programmes.
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  • SGPL onderwijs

    Geography Education

    To continuously keep improving our teaching programme as well as geography teaching at primary and secondary schools, the department has a research group specialised in geography education and a course programme for secondary school teachers.
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  • Societal Impact

    Facilitated by a dedicated Societal Impact programme, we aim to have a significant positive societal impact through our research and teaching.
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