Sustainable Cities and Regions

Focussing on Sustainable Cities and Regions as an overarching theme, research of our four programmes progress towards economic, social and planning aspects of sustainable development, analysed from a geographical perspective. Still, the programmes manage to sustain a distinct profile in their respective disciplines.

Our mission is to play an internationally inspiring role in research and academic discovery of sustainable social and economic development, and governance of cities and regions. It aims to address society-driven transitions from place-based dynamics to people- and firm-based dynamics by determining the leading role of cities, regions and (localised) networks in shaping these dynamics. This is accomplished by developing strong theoretical and methodological knowledge of the research frontiers in the field of geography and planning.